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 17, 2021

By Norris Burkes,  October 17, 2021 If you’ve seen my photo, you probably have reason to doubt that I once pastored an African American congregation.  But I did.   During the last two years of the twentieth century, I served as an active-duty chaplain stationed at Izmir Air Station, Turkey. Inside this New Testament city […]

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Oct 10, 2021

By Norris Burkes,  Oct 10, 2021 This week, I celebrated my twentieth year as a syndicated columnist.  Every Wednesday, by 9 a.m., I have submitted 600 words to my editor — 52 weeks a year multiplied by 20 years. You do the math.  My column began in “Florida Today” on October 5, 2001, the month […]

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Oct 03, 2021

By Norris Burkes Oct 3 2021 Have you ever noticed how two situations can seem unrelated, but you soon discover a connection between them? The first situation developed this weekend while I was visiting my mother in a senior living facility in Chino, Calif. Mom is 88 and needs a little extra help with daily […]

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Sep 26, 2021

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 […]

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