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Archives: "Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life"
  • When I was a child playing Little League Baseball I can remember our coach at the end of each practice. He would take a ball and throw it as high and straight up in the air as he could for each one of us to catch. He was helping us to practice catching pop-ups. The pop-up is one of the trickiest plays to make…
    May 17, 2018
  • Back in the early 80s my family and I got to be part of a church plant in upstate New York.  We were called to the town of Cortland, about forty minutes south of Syracuse, to be the first on site minister and family for the Cortland Valley Church of Christ.  The preliminary event to receiving the call to…
    May 10, 2018
  • My wife, Becky, is an amazing woman.  The smartest thing I ever did, aside from accepting Christ as my Savior, was to marry her.  My children agree.  She recently turned sixty.  She doesn't look it.  She still has the glow of youth about her; at least that's the way I see her, and,…
    May 3, 2018
  • Long trips are a mixed bag for me. Some are absolutely refreshing while others are a drain. Trips with my wife are wonderful. We always talk practically the whole way there and back. Trips by myself are the ones that can be a drag. Having to sit in a car for a long trip with just me can be taxing. I don't know…
    April 26, 2018
  • Words always fascinate me.  They can mean a number of things, all seemingly different, and, yet, oddly the same.  One word that has interested me recently is the word, "terminal."  While many of the applications refer to boundaries and beginning or end points, one refers to an assemblage of…
    April 19, 2018
  • "Where did they all come from?" my wife asked as she looked out the back door at the scene in our back yard.  I had called her to the door to see a flock of starlings that had landed in our back yard.  It was quite amazing.  They just suddenly appeared and almost completely turned the ground black…
    April 12, 2018
  • My oldest son is serving in Christian camp this week just a half hour down the road. He was the one asked to speak last night for the worship time for the campers so my wife and I went over to hear him speak. While there we met Gene and Pat White. They are originally from the North Central Ohio area as well as…
    April 5, 2018
  • This past Sunday was the 150th Anniversary of the Minorsville Christian Church. The congregation I have the rich privilege to serve is steeped in history and accomplishments which, though not monumental, are important. The ministers in the church's history are a wonderful group of men who have served their Lord…
    March 29, 2018
  • The mirror in our bathroom has an interesting frame. Instead of being framed by something traditional like wood or metal, or not having any frame at all, it is framed by a two inch strip of beveled mirror. It makes for a rather striking appearance adding a nice touch to a room that is traditionally the second…
    March 22, 2018
  • Shingles.  We all know what they are, right?  They're those pieces of asphalt that are nailed to our roofs to keep the moisture out and protect the house.  Shingles are good.  They are our friends in that they provide a covering for us.  I used to work with a roofer/sider and got a very up close…
    March 15, 2018
  • Thursday evening, as I rushed through the house, I turned the TV on to check the action at the Memorial Golf Tournament. The Memorial is one of my favorite tournaments. It was begun by Jack Nicklaus on the Muirfield Village Golf Course in Dublin, Ohio just outside his home town of Columbus. I have had the privilege…
    March 8, 2018
  • A week ago today my wife and I were walking on the beach at North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We like to hold hands. (As Professor Andy Dale used to say, that's one less free hand they can hit you with) As we walked the beach we held hands and waded in and out of the surf as the waves came in and lapped at the…
    March 1, 2018
  • On December 3 of this year, Caleb Tony was returning home early in the morning.  He was cutting across Sebree Road to Long Lick Road and his home in rural Scott County, Kentucky.  As he got into a curve he felt his right front wheel catch the side of the pavement and then drop onto the deep shoulder of the road. …
    February 22, 2018
  • Yogi Berra is an American treasure.  Born to a working class family in St. Louis, Missouri, he was raised right across the street from Joe Garagiola, who became his lifelong friend.  At age thirteen he quit school with his parents' consent to start working in a shoe factory.  He became an all-star catcher…
    February 15, 2018
  • Golf is a sport of precision.  It is one of the few sports which requires the precise placement of a small spheroid slightly smaller than one and three quarters inches onto an area more than one hundred yards away.  That is why golf is such an exasperating sport.  We can kick a field goal, hit a fastball,…
    February 8, 2018

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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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