Feb 18, 2012
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The God-given talent of Jeremy Lin or How to play sport as a Christian

If you haven’t as yet heard of Jeremy Lin you probably soon will. This article in the Telegraph is as good a place as any to start.

Lin is an evangelical Christian and basketball player who has enjoyed a meteoric rise from zero to hero in a matter of a couple of weeks.

The telegraph reports

‘Lin, if you were not already familiar with this unassuming Harvard graduate, is a 23 year-old of Chinese ancestry, whose first five games as a Knicks starter have redefined sport’s relationship with Hollywood. In that time, he has accumulated 136 points, surpassing Shaquille O’Neal’s league record. But barely a fortnight ago, Lin was still sleeping on his brother’s sofa. Basketball narratives do not come any more fanciful.’

Lin says of his story

‘Anytime something like this happens, a lot of it is out of my control. God’s fingerprints are all over the place. You can try to call it coincidence but 20, 30 things all had to happen at the right time for me to be here. That’s why I call it a miracle.’

For a really helpful post on Lin and whether Christians can play competitive sport to the glory of God visit Barnabas Piper’s blog.

 

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