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, Aug 2, 2020 Just before the quarantine started, my wife Becky and I sat with a lawyer redoing our Estate Plan. “I love that word “Estate,” I told the lawyer. “It makes me feel like I own the Ponderosa.” “Well, you don’t,” Becky said, using her no-nonsense teacher tone. “Right,” added […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes July 26, 2020 Thirty years ago, I was having some discord in my first pastorate when, worried about job security, I called my dad, a retired pastor. “Dad, were you ever fired from a church?” I asked. “Yes, in Louisiana,” he said. “I brought a black man to church and the deacons […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes, July 17, 2020 If you’ve read my columns this month, you’ll be expecting my third of four July Freedom columns. However, you aren’t likely expecting the topic of Freedom of the Press from a spirituality columnist. These days, Freedom of the Press feels more like a free-for-all. Anyone with a twitter account […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes July 10, 2020 As I continue with my July Freedom Series, I recall a conversation I had with an Air Force officer who needed some updated information on the freedom of religion. “Watcha doin’, Chaplain?” The nonchalant question came from my 40-something deputy commander who had stuck her head in my open […][Read More]