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Archives: "Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life"
  • "Houston we have a problem." Those words signaled the beginning of difficulties for Apollo 13. The crew radioed NASA and informed them of various malfunctions that were happening. Being separated from help by miles upon miles and cast into the vastness of space left many of the crew with a sense of hopelessness.…
    July 12, 2018
  • Ward Cleaver always appeared from work just as starched and clean as he could be. Who is Ward Cleaver? Ward was the Beaver's dad in "Leave It To Beaver". He was played by a charming actor named Hugh Beaumont. He was the epitome of fatherhood along with Robert Young during the 60's. However, that was the not the…
    July 5, 2018
  • Back in the mid 60's there were a number of us in my home town of Jeffersonville, Ohio, who were devoted to sports in general and baseball in particular. During the late Spring, through the Summer and on into the warmer days of Fall, we played baseball. But the public diamonds in town were so heavily scheduled…
    June 28, 2018
  • There he was standing on the seventeenth green at Shinnecock poised to take a place in history few men have taken. A simple downhill four and a half foot putt stood between him and being tied for the lead at the U. S. Open Golf Championship going into the final hole. Three putts later Phill Mickelson walked off…
    June 21, 2018
  • Modern technology is wonderful but sometimes frustrating. Repeated attempts to log on yesterday were met with warnings that my computer had done something illegal. I kept thinking that someone was going to burst through the door at any minute and arrest my computer. I finally decided that Thursday morning was…
    June 14, 2018
  • Being in the ministry has its ups and downs. One of them is the trust factor of the people you serve. Many times, as a new minister in a congregation, I have not been told about problems people are having until the problems have intensified. But, then I find out that a former minister, who is still in the general…
    June 7, 2018
  • "A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet."  This little statement is probably familiar to most of us because of what it declares.  No matter what you call something it is still going to have that certain air.  A rose's scent is a dead giveaway that the flower you are smelling…
    May 31, 2018
  • Tomorrow is coming. That phrase can be filled with hope or it can be filled with dread. What tomorrow holds can be something wonderful or it can be something horrible. Tomorrow can be a day of great joy or it can be a day of great sorrow. During this time of the year, tomorrow is a time to scratch an itch. Here in the Bluegrass…
    May 24, 2018
  • 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

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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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