Paul Jenkins

Hey! I am so glad you’re here!

I love writing, and I really love it when what I write is read by people who love interacting with me!  Below you’ll find a handful of my most popular posts (well, if you’ve got a seven-fingered hand!). So, go grab your favorite beverage and spend some time with me. We’ll both be better for it!

The Bad News that Makes the Good News Good

It doesn’t take a lot to look around and see bad news. It’s everywhere. Racial tension, economic uncertainty, a really, really bad NFC East division. Okay, that last one isn’t actually bad news if you’re a Panthers fan, but you get the idea. It seems like everywhere we turn, there’s one more story about one more event that makes the darkness around us seem one step closer. Our world seems to be, in a word, dark, and while that may be all it takes to cause many to drop their heads in...

Cam Newton isn’t Jesus, but for a moment, he looked like him

Yesterday I watched for 3 quarters as the Carolina Panthers surgically destroyed the New York Giants and built a lead of 35-7. For most of that time, Cam Newton looked a lot like a MVP. But it was what I saw at the end of an unbelievable comeback by the Giants and/or meltdown by the Panthers that really caught my attention. It was right after Odell Beckham, Jr. caught the game-tying touchdown. It was in the middle of a 79,436 person celebration in MetLife Stadium (well, minus the stunned...

Churches can learn a lot from the Carolina Panthers

It’s hard to live anywhere in the Charlotte region and not be aware that the Carolina Panthers are enjoying a pretty unique season.  As the last undefeated team in the National Football League this year, they’re only the 8th team to ever start a season 13-0, and that’s got a lot of people talking about how good they may or may not be and how their season could end. But we’ll leave all that talk for the football analysts, because I think that there are much more...

The view from further down the road

12 years ago, Black Friday took on a whole new meaning for me, one that has nothing to do with shopping, because 12 years ago – on the day after Thanksgiving – my mom had a brain aneurysm which led to her passing (and my brother’s just 20 days later) and I found myself on a road that I’d hoped I would never have to travel. It’s a road that many of my friends have walked, too. Maybe even you. It’s a dark road where the streetlights are broken and “the...

The real crisis caused by the Syrian refugee crisis

Sometimes I write about things I know. Sometimes I write about things I don’t. Today, I’m writing about both, and it’s hard. How does a believer respond in a world that is growing increasingly hostile to what he believes?  Most of us know we should do something, and yet most of us couldn’t even begin to say what it is we should be doing. As a result – 2 thumbs pointing squarely at yours truly – most of the time we end up doing nothing. How do we love a...