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writer, teacher, and pastor
George Shamblin is that rare individual whose excitement on the day of his salvation never cooled. He’s a man who lives to challenge other Christians to take God’s gift to them, and pay it forward. It’s a challenge borne of equal parts enthusiasm and concern.
“At any given time,” he contends, “Christianity is never more than a generation from extinction.
“I’ve seen far too many Christians who think of faith as a spectator sport, and I have always chafed at the cliché that ‘faith isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon.’ It’s neither. Those are individual events, and one just happens to be longer than the other. True faith is a relay—a team sport if you will—and it’s up to all of us to pass the baton to others. Especially the runners who succeed us—the next generation.”
George’s relay began with what might be called the spiritual equivalent of a false start.
“I was raised in a church where someone carrying a Bible was, in all likelihood, a first-time visitor. One of the most hostile responses I’ve ever received in sharing my conversion story came from my childhood priest. He was genuinely furious to hear me say I’d only recently been saved, because, he said, I had already been baptized, and had dutifully gone through all the ceremonial rituals of my church.”
NOT TO WIN THE RACE, BUT TO WIN THE WORLD.
PASS THE BATON
More than a message of profound affirmation, The Relay is a triumph of practical “How To” advice for anyone looking to take their own journey with the Lord to the next level — and beyond.