Spirituality In Everyday Life
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
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.
Recent Columns From Norris Burkes
By Norris Burkes Sep 26 2021 I’ve officiated dozens of weddings in my 30 years as a minister, but few were as fraught with risk as the one I performed some years ago in the acute care unit of the Sacramento VA Medical Center. It all began when a nurse sent me to a room […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes Sept 19, 2021 In the aftermath of the Dixie Fire, perhaps California’s largest wildfire in state history, I’m curious how chaplains are aiding in the physical and spiritual recovery of victims. I meet my pastor, Mike Bivins, in the church parking lot at 6 a.m., and we head into the heart of […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes Sep 12, 2021 Last year, I escorted a gaggle of readers to Republica De Francia, a school inside the gang-ridden neighborhood of Honduras’ capitol, Tegucigalpa. We were there to help Chispa Project establish a library. As most of you are aware, my daughter, Sara, began Chispa Project in 2014 to create libraries in […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes Sept 5 2021 I suspect my neighborhood is much like yours, where folks use social media to share thoughts and gripes with anyone who will take the bait. Lately, I’ve read several posts tying the lack of local service workers to California’s substantial unemployment benefits. “They are getting too much money,” one […][Read More]