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

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

Oct 23, 2020

By Norris Burkes, 23 October 2020 In a time before COVID, I found myself in a boarding line clinching the coveted A-lister pass issued by Southwest Airlines. The pass granted me privileged first-choice seating while B- and C-listers scrambled for significance. Inside the plane a flight attendant cheerfully suggested a front seat.   “Wonderful. Looks […]

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Oct 16, 2020

By Norris Burkes Oct 18, 2020 Did you ever sing that classic campfire song, “Nobody Likes Me”? “Nobody likes me, everybody hates me,  Guess I’ll go eat worms.  Long, slim, slimy ones,  Big, fat, juicy ones,  The kind that wiggle and squirm.” The lyrics from yesteryear’s campfires were sung in a self-deprecating style poking fun at […]

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Oct 09, 2020

By Norris Burkes, Oct 9 2020 My wife, Becky, came into the kitchen last week to find me rooting through the refrigerator.  “Something wrong?” she asked. “Yes,” I said. “God wants me to have eggs and sausage, but my doctor wants me to eat oatmeal.” “Do you and God routinely discuss breakfast options?” she asked […]

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Oct 02, 2020

By Norris Burkes Oct 4 2020 If you were a “Friends” fan, you’ll likely know the acronym “BFF” popularized by the Phoebe character in the NBC series. BFF or “Best Friends Forever” saw wide use among women, but not so much by men folk of my certain age. Nevertheless, I’m proud to describe Roger Williams […]

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