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Archives: "Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life"
  • 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
  • Coincidence.  That wonderful rare turn of events that both surprises and startles us.  You've been caught up in them before.  Events that happen in just the right way or circumstances that align too perfectly.  You know; coincidence.  Friday, February 15, I got to experience one of those incredible…
    May 4, 2017
  • Just recently I fought a bought with esophageal cancer.  The ordeal started December of 2006 with some swallowing problems.  I was diagnosed July 31 and went through radiation and chemotherapy for five weeks in late August and through September.  During my treatments I was in Stamping Ground, KY, the town…
    April 27, 2017
  • My parents are buried in a cemetary some three hours from my current home.  My wife and I try to make it to their gravesite at least twice a year to make sure that there are flowers on the stones.  Every time we go I look long and hard at their tombstone.  It reads, "William Nelson Kelley; February 17,…
    April 20, 2017
  • One day, while in WalMart, I watched as a little boy not more than four accidently knocked a box of Pop Tarts from an aisle display. Before I could even wonder what would happen, the little fellow stooped over, grabbed the box of Pop Tarts and replaced it in the display being careful to make sure that it was sitting…
    April 13, 2017
  • Owning a new home is both a blessing and a cursing. The blessing is that you own it. The cursing is that you own it. No, you're not seeing things. Owning a new home is such a blessing in that you know it is yours and you can do with what you wish. However, anything that happens to it is also yours; every failed…
    April 6, 2017
  • James Garner, as Bret Maverick on the long running TV western, used to make the comment, "My old pappy used to say..." Evidently his old pappy was full of pithy sayings and folksy wisdom that stuck with his son as he went through life. Well, I was blessed with a very wise old pappy of my own, and a lot of what…
    March 30, 2017
  • There are risk takers and there are risk takers. Yesterday I met a risk taker. Or, I should say, I came close to meeting a risk taker. She was driving a black pickup truck. She thought she could pass safely with a blind hill ahead. She was right. She could pass safely, but only because I stood on my brakes when…
    March 23, 2017
  • While we were working in Upstate New York with Empire State Evangelizing Association we had the opportunity to develop friendships with people in churches all up and down the Eastern Seaboard states. This included Pennsylvania. One couple, who ministered in a small community in Western Pennsylvania, had us come…
    March 16, 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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