Faith and football connected for a gain at a recent dinner in downtown Philadelphia sponsored by the American Bible Society and attended by nearly 1,000 people who have faith and are almost certainly Philadelphia Eagles fans.
The featured guest celebrity and an obvious draw for the event was Philadelphia’s favourite coach of the year, Doug Pederson, whose Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl championship this past February.
Pederson made his remarks in a Q&A with sports radio commentator Rob Maaddi. It was clear from the conversation what importance faith has in the life of the Eagles coach, who reads from his Bible every morning, but also in the lives of most of his players.
“Nothing is done without prayer,” Pederson said. Speaking of the team’s cohesiveness, he said: “It’s the Holy Spirit that binds you together,” and “I truly believe God had a plan for the Eagles.”
For himself, he said: “I have to trust God and say, ‘It’s in your hands, it is not my call.’ I have a group of men who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.”
The real reason for the 11th June dinner, which was attended by members of many faiths, was to highlight the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center that the American Bible Society is near Independence Hall and is scheduled to open in 2020.
Picture: Doug Pederson, head football coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, speaks at an American Bible Society event on 11th June in Philadelphia on how important his Christian faith is to him and to players on the Super Bowl-champion team. (CNS photo/courtesy American Bible Society).