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Eagles Chaplain Talks of Football and the Bible at O.C. Tabernacle

first_imgOcean City Tabernacle Pastor and CEO Jay Reimer, right, is shown with Philadelphia Eagles Chaplain Ted Winsley during a service in 2019. By MADDY VITALEPhiladelphia Eagles team chaplain Ted Winsley is proud of the players.But it isn’t just because of their success on the field, not to mention the coveted 2018 Super Bowl win.It is how his players are spiritually, and the fact that many of them — about 40 percent — attend his Bible studies.The team members, he told an audience at the Ocean City Tabernacle in two programs Sunday, share a philosophy he has instilled in them over 18 years as the team’s chaplain.Out of 53 players, 22 take part in Winsley’s Bible studies.“There really is a Christian culture here,” he said of the Eagles.He has played a key role in the spiritual development and team dynamic the Philly team is known for.Winsley spoke to the Tabernacle audience about the message he imparts on the players.He gave an uplifting sermon where he had audience members recite scripture and his words to live by that flashed on the Tabernacle screens.Eagles Chaplain Ted Winsley tells the audience members that God is with them every step of the way.During an interview before his sermon, Winsley spoke about the advice he gives to his players. Some of them have become Born Again Christians during their time with the Eagles.“The idea is to create balance in an imbalanced world,” said Winsley, a married father of two. “Something I say to all of the players is football is not a purpose. It is a platform.”That platform, he said, could be used to help others. Many of the players are involved in charities and use their position to help others, he noted.“Pastor Ted,” as he is affectionately called, is a native of Dover, Del., and currently resides in South Jersey, where he is a pastor at a church in Voorhees called “The Family Church,” according to a Tabernacle press release.He showed his Super Bowl ring to the audience and with a smile gave a Sunday game prediction for the Eagles: “Win.”Winsley told the audience that, while they are not professional football players, they all have major responsibilities and hurdles.It could be a problem at work, or a health issue, but God gives a blueprint and a person’s faith will see them through, he said.The battles, he said, can be won with faith and knowing you can do it and to be strong.Winsley weaved in the 2018 Super Bowl win. It was all of the work and faith that led up to the big victory, he said.Success, he said, does not happen on the field. It happens beforehand. He credited the spiritual beliefs of many of the players who attended Bible studies.Pastor Ted Winsley speaks to an audience member after the program.Many hurdles could have set the team back. There were injuries to key players along the way, especially to star quarterback, Carson Wentz, who helped bring the team to the Super Bowl, but could not play in it.There was the thought, there was “no way you’re going to win without the starting quarterback,” Winsley noted.But, as in any other team effort, one person does not do it alone, he stressed.And then there was something — rather, someone else — who helped in a time of need.“God always has a Nick Foles waiting in the bushes,” Winsley said.Tabernacle CEO and President Pastor Jay Reimer said he was pleased to have Winsley join them to speak before the audience.“My hope today is that Eagles fans here today will hear about how the pastor works with the Eagles players,” Reimer said. “In my childhood, I read a book about different NFL players and their stories how they related to God. That is one of the reasons I became a Christian.”For more information about upcoming events, visit www.octabernacle.org.The Ocean City Tabernacle is located at 550 Wesley Ave.last_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse falls in final seconds to Notre Dame, 51-49

first_imgSyracuse (12-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) struggled from the field in its 51-49 loss to Notre Dame (13–3, 3–0) but the Fighting Irish shot the ball at a lower clip. It was 21 offensive rebounds by UND that made the difference in the defensive battle, including a Rex Pflueger putback on Notre Dame’s final offensive board of the game with just over two seconds remaining. Here are the best images from SU’s loss on Saturday. Comments Published on January 6, 2018 at 8:47 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mourinho hails Diego Costa as ‘special player’ after Swansea hat-trick

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho described Diego Costa as a “special” player after the Spain striker fired the Blues two points clear in the Premier League.Costa, who passed a late fitness test on a hamstring injury, scored a hat-trick as Chelsea beat Swansea 4-2.The £32m summer signing from Atletico Madrid has seven goals in his first four games for the west London club.”He is one of the best strikers at this moment in football,” Mourinho told BBC Sport. “He is a special player.”Costa cancelled out John Terry’s early own-goal with a header on the stroke of half-time and pounced twice after the break from close range to swing the match Chelsea’s way.He departed to a standing ovation from the home fans, who then watched Costa’s replacement Loic Remy score his first goal for the club since joining for £10.5m from QPR. “The team is an attacking team that creates a lot of chances and spaces for a striker,” said Mourinho.”The second goal is a brilliant collective action. [Cesc] Fabregas had a fantastic assist and Diego put the ball in the net. Diego is a good player but he is in a good team.”Costa’s goals have added another dimension to a side that finished third in the league last season.He has already scored two more league goals than Fernando Torres and Demba Ba each managed for Chelsea in the whole of last season, and only two fewer than Samuel Eto’o.Former England striker Alan Shearer believes Costa’s muscular forward play and finishing make him “tailor-made” for the Premier League. “Everything impressed me about Diego Costa today,” Shearer told BBC Radio 5 live. “He is looking the real deal. When it is not going as it should be for Chelsea, they have a goalscorer who can get them out of it.”And he added on Match of the Day: “When you consider it took Fernando Torres 43 games to get seven goals, Costa definitely makes a difference.”What Chelsea have now is a guy that, when they are playing poorly, can score goals and pull them through. Chelsea did not play well against Swansea but just before half-time they got a corner and he scored.”He is always available. He always wants the ball to feet and if you want to push him around and bully him it is alright because he will do the same to you.”As well as goals, he can assist also. He can do pretty much everything. He has made a great start. He will get a bagful of goals this season if he stays fit because that team will create chances for him.” Former Blues winger Pat Nevin believes the only thing that can stop Costa scoring is injury.”He looks like he will pick up a few injuries because he puts himself about, but he has got everything,” the Scot said on BBC Radio 5 live.”We knew he was strong and a natural finisher, but he has quick feet and a great knowledge of the game.”He can play others in and is a complete centre-forward.”last_img read more