Spirituality In Everyday Life

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

A black and white arrow pointing to the left. 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

May 10, 2024

By Norris Burkes May 12 2024 I have a great trivia question to start Mother’s Day weekend. Do you remember who made famous the catchphrase, “Let’s be careful out there”? If you guessed Michael Conrad playing Sergeant Phil Esterhaus in the TV show “Hill Street Blues” (1981-1987), you’d be half right. Esterhaus, the desk sergeant, […]

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May 03, 2024

May 5 2024 By Norris Burkes I sometimes receive emails from readers telling me they love my columns so much they read them to their Bible study group. It’s a nice compliment, but on the other hand, I work hard to make this column about spirituality in everyday life, not just Sunday school life. I […]

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Apr 26, 2024

By Norris Burkes May 28 2024 Do you know anyone whose last name appropriately describes them? Such names are called an aptronym because their name “aptly” matches their job or personality in a humorous or ironic way. During the years I served as an Air Force chaplain, I knew a few chaplains fittingly named. For […]

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Apr 19, 2024

By Norris Burkes April 21 2024 Whenever I meet fellow veterans, we’ll often engage in some good-natured ribbing. I set up the first joke by announcing that I’m an Air Force vet, which inevitably invokes the response, “Oh, you mean you’re a ‘Chair Force’ vet.”  I understand that nickname because Air Force members occupy a […]

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