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, Jan 17, 2021 In 1976, I cast my first vote in a presidential election for Jimmy Carter. My vote was the naive choice of a 19-year-old ministerial student. As a Baptist attending Baylor University, I assumed I should vote for a fellow Southern Baptist. It made sense to me that our government could […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes, Jan 10, 2021 If you’re wondering why the stores are out of toilet paper again, it may be because a certain chaplain you know stole at least one package last week. My story starts at the Bank of America, just across the street from Safeway. That’s where Becky sent me in wearing […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes Jan 3 2020 My brother Milton, the one I called “Brotherman,” died from COVID last month. I know that’s not the optimism that should start a New Year’s column. But to adapt a car slogan, “This ain’t your father’s New Year’s cheer.” Unless of course, your father lived through the 1918 influenza […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes, Dec 27 2020 Last week, I joined a socially distanced group of Christmas-caroling neighbors on a local golf course. Scattered around the 16th hole, we sang from our pandemic pods into the darkened night. Yes, I still sing the old carols, even though I know that some of the lyrics don’t hold […][Read More]