Baseball Coach, Player Offer Lessons on Life

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University students were encouraged and challenged Monday by two men with a winning record at living for Christ in the midst of high-pressure athletics achievement.

Doug Flynn, left, and Keith Madison spoke at Asbury University's Chapel on attitude and excellence.
Doug Flynn, left, and Keith Madison spoke at Asbury University's Chapel on attitude and excellence.

Doug Flynn, former professional baseball player who went to the World Series with the Cincinnati Reds, and Keith Madison, the winningest baseball coach in the history of the University of Kentucky’s program, spoke at Asbury’s Chapel service. While baseball was the initial bond between the two men, a shared faith quickly deepened their friendship. Speaking to a diverse group of students representing Asbury’s 14 academic departments, they offered wisdom and perspective that ranged far beyond the baseball field.

“Attitude is everything to me,” Flynn said, citing challenging events such as his bout with thyroid cancer and the death of his sister. “We can’t control our circumstances, but we can control how we go about facing our circumstances. Going through cancer isn’t perfect, and losing a sister isn’t perfect, but I never doubt for a minute that God has a plan.”

Madison spoke to the future he saw for Asbury students as they graduate and move into careers in both the Christian and secular worlds.

“When you leave this wonderful university with godly friends and influences, you’re going to need that daily dose of Christ,” Madison said. “When you don’t get that, the world will swallow you up. I’ve lived that. But you can be a light wherever you go. God calls us to that: to love people, serve people and serve Christ.”

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