Spirituality In Everyday Life

Norris Burkes

Norris Burkes

As a military and hospital chaplain, I routinely observe the stories of faith in the everyday lives of real people. My site tells those faith stories in a humorous, hope-filled, and honest way. I believe you will find them inspiring and potentially life-changing. Most of all, I believe the insight within these stories will connect with your story in a meaningful way. Enjoy!

Thriving Beyond Surviving

BookCoverPreview.do 894×666 pixels As a hospital and military Chaplain Norris Burkes has seen things he must never tell. Yet as a syndicated columnist in 38 secular newspapers around the country, he has found ways to share shades of the sacred with his readers.

This book compiles ten years of newspaper columns that takes you into the military battlefield as well as the trauma rooms of major hospitals.

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Recent Columns From Norris Burkes

Jun 04, 2016

Has someone ever surprised you by asking an obviously simple question with what seems to be an obvious answer? Well, it happened to me recently when a reader called to ask if he could suggest a column topic. I paused, trying to think of a chaplain-ish way to say, “Heck, no!” but he took my [...]

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May 01, 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016 Occasionally, I use this column to comment on current events. Many readers react favorably, but a few accuse me of careening out of my lane: “Stick to religion,” they say. However, as a student who double-majored in religion and journalism, I believe my lane is wide enough to include spirituality and [...]

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Apr 24, 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. Does everything happen for a purpose? Or is God able to give us a purpose in spite of the mess we get ourselves into? These are questions I pondered in 2011 when the Peace Corps sent my daughter’s best friend, Ruth Bennett, to Catacamus, Honduras. Several months after [...]

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Jan 10, 2016

Recently, I bought a 24-foot motorhome from a dealer specializing in the “gently used.” Before we drove it off the lot, a service technician walked us through to demonstrate that everything was working properly. However, when we got it home, we discovered a propane problem that rendered all the appliances unworkable — no heat, stove [...]

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