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Reads that inspire resilience

Sep 11, 2016 By Norris Burkes As you probably noticed, I used my column this summer to share my writing from my new book called "Thriving Beyond Surviving: Stories of Resilience From a Hospital Chaplain." In writing it, I found inspiration for thriving from several other authors. That's why I'm using today's column, my annual

Addicted to love from all the wrong places

Sep 4, 2016 By Norris Burkes Robert Palmer's scored a hit with his song "Addicted to Love." However, if you're addicted to "love" from all the wrong places, you'll net the wrong kind of fame. Just ask former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner or Maj. Gen. David Haight . Both men made the news recently for

Speaking healing into a life

Aug 28, 2016 By Norris Burkes The Bible describes rebellious people as being "stiff-necked." I don't know how rebellious I am, but doctors occasionally put me in the stiff-necked category. My first experience with stiff-neck pain was in my college sophomore year, shortly after I'd spent three hours debating theology with a new friend. The

The problem with doing everything

Aug 21, 2016 By Norris Burkes Excerpt from Norris' upcoming book, "Thriving Beyond Surviving." Three weeks ago, I began a series highlighting four essential elements of faith: worship, gratitude, prayer and afterlife. This week, I'm writing about the last and most controversial of the four - afterlife. I hear a lot of talk about afterlife

Prayer brings rock-hard resilience

Aug 14, 2016 by Norris Burkes Excerpt from Norris' upcoming book, "Surviving Beyond Thriving." Two weeks ago, I began a series to highlight four essential elements of faith: worship, gratitude, prayer and afterlife. This week, we examine the simplest of the four - prayer. Prayer is such a simple concept that Jesus scolded those who

Putting gratitude in our faith

August 6, 2016 by Norris Burkes Last week, I shocked a few readers by asserting that faith is the most powerful F-word on the planet. I named four essential elements of faith: worship, gratitude, prayer and afterlife, and promised to use my August columns to highlight each one. This week, I may surprise a few

Faith remains powerful F-word

Jul 31, 2016 By Norris Burkes When I was 8 years old, I used splintered Sheetrock to write my first F-word across a neighborhood trash shed. There was something satisfying even then about using just the right F-word. Gratefully however, I've discovered a more comprehensive use of F-words that I'll publish in my upcoming book,

Reader feedback leaves its mark

Jul 24, 2016 By Norris Burkes "Error! Error!" screamed readers over the three blunders I'd made in recent columns. First, in a column about fitness, I recapped the 2014 story I wrote about WWII pilot Roger Revay. I met the 92-year-old hospital patient after he broke his collarbone on the dance floor. He told me

True power inspires forgiveness

Jul 17, 2016 by Norris Burkes Excerpt from Norris' upcoming book, "Thriving, Not Just Surviving." I don't know about you, but I occasionally get hung up on that part of the Lord's Prayer that encourages us to pray, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." Forgiveness is hard even for

Checkpoints allow us to reflect

Jul 10, 2016 by Norris Burkes Excerpt from Norris' upcoming book, "Thriving, Not Just Surviving." When I travel, I never leave home without my most important tool of resilience - my pillow. Recently, I was rushing out of the house to catch a plane at O'dark-30. I kissed my sleeping beauty and grabbed my trusty

A lesson in fatherhood

Jul 3, 2016 by Norris Burkes Excerpt from Norris' upcoming book, "Thriving, Not Just Surviving." In my family, I'm the "dog person." My wife Becky loves animals, but she tends to reserve her respect for those that don't come into our house, such as hummingbirds and elephants, whales and eagles. Given her lack of enthusiasm

Abortion questions complicated to answer

Jun 26, 2016 By Norris Burkes Last week, I upset some readers by suggesting a compromise over gun rights. However, most dissatisfaction came from those who thought I was pro-abortion. Their emails reminded me of a woman who approached me after worship service one day. "Can I make an appointment with you, pastor?" The request