His torn ACL may have prevented him from playing in the Super Bowl, but with no serious impediment to his powers of speech, Eagles QB Carson Wentz will deliver the keynote speech at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Wentz will have big shoes to fill. Vice President Mike Pence had been scheduled to deliver the keynote address. However, the VP couldn’t attend because he’s leading the U.S. Olympic delegation at the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.
Wentz should have no trouble though. The second-year signal caller delivered a sermon in his hometown of Fargo, North Dakota, last summer. In his message, Wentz said, “The myth in our world, in our society,” Wentz told the parishioners on June 28 according to WDAY TV in Fargo, “and even in the church, is that if I just have faith in Jesus, and I do enough good, that I’ll have salvation. You see that’s wrong.
“The truth is faith alone in Jesus Christ is what equals salvation plus the works. It’s not just for the pastors to tell the world about Jesus. They can’t reach the majority of people that we can. We all have to work together to make a difference.”
He quoted Ephesians 2:8-10 in his sermon, which reads, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Wentz played well last year, leading the Eagles to the top of the NFC before tearing his ACL in a late-season match-up against the Rams. The Eagles have said that there will be no quarterback controversy going into next season, Wentz will be the starter.