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Archives: "Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life"
  • I started attending Christian Service Camp when I was ten years old. At that time that was the youngest that anyone was admitting a camper for a weeklong program. I remember a kid, who shall remain nameless, that had some sort of nasal problem for which he was being medicated. He brought the medication to camp and the…
    March 24, 2011
  • Here in America we are in a time that is referred to as, "March Madness." It is the time of the year that the National Collegiate Athletic Association stages its annual men's college basketball tournament pitting the 65 best teams in the college ranks against each other for an earned national title as the National…
    March 17, 2011
  • During my sophomore year at Johnson Bible College near Knoxville, Tennessee, I had a roommate named Bill Green. Bill and I had a good relationship and tried our best to motivate each other to do the work we were supposed to do for our classes. I hate to admit it but I resisted a lot of Bill's good urgings and sloughed…
    March 10, 2011
  • Erin go bragh! And a good St. Patrick's Day to you. Today people all around the world will be celebrating a holiday which means absolutely nothing to them other than it's a holiday on which they wear green and pinch those who don't. Please don't be so quick to pinch this year. There are some things…
    March 3, 2011
  • While enrolled at Johnson Bible College near Knoxville, Tennessee, I developed a friendship with a young man from Young High School who liked to box and thought I might enjoy it also. He took me to meet his trainer, an ex-boxer who never made it out of the club circuit. The trainer checked my hand speed, overall strength…
    February 24, 2011
  • Recently my wife and I went to St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky to visit a friend of ours who had surgery to repair three massive blockages and a bad aortic valve. Only problem is we never got to the hospital itself. After finding a parking place a couple of tiers back from the front entrance we started making…
    February 17, 2011
  • Horace, the great Roman poet and satirist, once said, "A picture is a poem without words." I am sure that he was talking about the artist's canvas rather than the photographer's lens. Proof of that might well be found in a photo from the 1970s of Jack Nicklaus all decked out in his fitted plaid pants caught…
    February 10, 2011
  • Ebb and flow. Two terms used to describe the movement of the earth's oceans during the course of the average day. The process was immortalized in the lines; "First the tide rushes in, plants a kiss on the shore, then rolls out to the sea and the sea is very still once more," from the song "Ebb Tide." But have you…
    February 3, 2011
  • One of the things that I enjoy about Myrtle Beach is, of course, the beach. Each morning while there I took the opportunity to go down to the beach with a couple of those mornings giving me the chance to take a walk. Even though the temperatures were in the thirties most mornings it was still pleasant and enjoyable. …
    January 27, 2011
  • It is good to be back. Bet you didn't even miss me. Vacation time or retreat time that takes me away from the house also takes me away from the computer. That's right, I don't have a laptop or notebook or portable or whatever you would call it. I am stuck with one computer at one location and it stayed…
    January 20, 2011
  • The last year we lived in Bellville, Ohio I had the privilege to write a sports column under the nom de plume of Da Wiffer. It gave me the opportunity to look into some sports matters a bit more deeply and ask questions that most sports aficionados don't ask. The year was 1991. One column that I wrote stood out that year…
    January 13, 2011

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Tom Kelley, pastor, speaker, lived with his wife, Becky, in Georgetown, Kentucky

...He was the Minister of the Minorsville Christian Church located near Stamping Ground, KY.

...Becky and Tom have three children; John, single and in worship ministry in Nicholasville, Kentucky; Sean, married (Jennifer, elementary school teacher) with twins (Grace and Patrick, b.d. 10/31/04) and regional director of Papa John's Pizza in Central KY; Kara, married (Vince Taylor, prison guard) and working with Hospice East in Winchester, KY.

...Tom went to be with the Lord on November 13, 2009 after a lengthy battle with cancer.  If you have been touched by Tom's writings please send an email to Tom's son at jkelley@catalystchristian.net

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