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Archives: "Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life"
  • This past weekend my wife and I took a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  It was only the second time there for my wife.  She had been there one other time with a group from a church we served back in the late 70s.  As for me, I had been there a number of times before; as in, before the end of 1970.  It…
    August 17, 2017
  • This past weekend one of my favorite golfers finally won a golf tournament after almost fifteen years without winning. Joey Sindelar is one of the honest-to-goodness nice guys on the Professional Golfers Association Tour. He had not won a golf tournament since 1990. The riches of the upper echelon of the tour's…
    August 10, 2017
  • Mothers Day is always a special time in the Kelley household.  Both my wife's mother and mine are gone from this world.  We devote ourselves to the two mothers who mean the most; my dear wife, Becky, of almost thirty-seven years and my daughter-in-law, Jennifer, of almost eight years.  My wife…
    August 3, 2017
  • I used to work in radio. As such, I am a fond fan of "WKRP In Cincinnati". Every now and then episodes show up on TV Land and I get to watch that whole goofy ensemble work their magic again. From Mr. Carlson, the station owner, right down to Bailey Quarters, the traffic lady, I appreciated them all. Even Herb…
    July 27, 2017
  • Not long ago I received an email that had a curious comment in it. Along with a prayer request was the reference by the sender to "her church." Now, before you think that I am going to go through that whole rigamarole of, "it's not our church it's Christ's church, He died for it," relax.…
    July 20, 2017
  • When he first started out he was called a skinny crooner. His frame filled out a little over the years, but his fame grew even more. They called him, "Old Blue Eyes." He became a legend in three separate fields of the entertainment industry. He was a master stage presence in live shows in venues such as Las Vegas…
    July 13, 2017
  • From the "I-thought-I-had-seen-everything" category. Last evening my wife and I went to Cynthiana to participate in "The Gate", a youth program that my oldest son had a hand in beginning. He had come back from Wisconsin to lead the worship for the closing session for this school year and we decided to be there…
    July 6, 2017
  • For the past three days I have been struggling with a problem.  I have not been able to log onto the internet.  With this column looming large and needing to be completed I was unable to get to the very place I needed to be in order to get it completed.  I finally got tired of continually trying to log on…
    June 29, 2017
  • One of my favorite weeks of the year is here.  Masters Week.  If you're scratching your head about what exactly I mean, let me explain.  The day that you receive this article is the first round of The Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.  The very best of golf;…
    June 22, 2017
  • This past week was a very interesting and frustrating one.  March 23 was Easter.  That Sunday was wonderful.  Our church had its Sunrise Service which was centered on the empty tomb and the solid Rock of Jesus Christ.  This was followed with a breakfast of biscuits and gravy, sausage and pancakes. …
    June 15, 2017
  • Consistency. It is the one commodity that so many desire yet so many lack. Consistency in golf means the difference between making millions of dollars playing the game and, well, preaching for a living. Every time I hit a perfect drive down the middle of the fairway I think, "Why can't I do that every time?" If…
    June 8, 2017
  • Today is March 19, 2008; the day before this column is to be sent out to you, the gentle reader.  This day is special for me.  Not because it's Wednesday and that means that I have reached the hump in my week and am now on the supposed "coasting" time of the week; not with Easter coming in just…
    June 1, 2017
  • Golf is an interesting game.  It is a game of yards, and a game of inches.  It is a game of power, and a game of finesse.  It is a game of ability, and a game of imagination.  However, it is also a game of cliches.  No, you're not seeing things.  You read that right.  Cliches. …
    May 25, 2017
  • Surviving cancer is one of those things you enjoy being around to talk about.  However, it's not without its frustrations.  During the months of chemo, radiation and the inability to swallow well and then the surgery and twelve days in the hospital, I lost eighty pounds.  Due to the type of surgery I…
    May 18, 2017
  • Scott McCarron is an accomplished professional golfer who competes on the PGA Tour.  He has had a measure of success on the Tour and, as such, is reasonably recognizable at most Tour venues.  That means that when he pulls up to the gate he usually gets in without much hassle.  in 2002, when the U. S. Open…
    May 11, 2017

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Meet the Author

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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