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

Sep 29, 2023

By Norris Burkes Oct 1 2023 I’ve met a lot of folks who assume that it’s easy to work with the clergy. But I know of one person who would beg to differ. She was the chapel office manager when I was stationed at a small California Air Force base in the mid-1990s. As the […]

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Sep 22, 2023

By Norris Burkes Sept 24 2023 I sent an email to readers a few days ago with this plea: “A historic girls school has asked Chispa Project to help them establish a library at  José Cecilio del Valle located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We need your help to raise the needed $5,000.” A few minutes later I […]

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Sep 15, 2023

By Norris Burkes Sept 17 2023 PK is an old-time church abbreviation for “preacher’s kid.” My wife and I are both California PKs. Her dad pastored Fairvale Baptist Church for 49 years in Fair Oaks and my father pastored multiple churches, moving us every 3-4 years to a California congregation. We were PKs and proud […]

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Sep 07, 2023

By Norris Burkes Sept 10, 2023 If you saw the 1983 movie “WarGames,” you’ll remember the moment the young hacker David Lightman cracks a Pentagon computer called The War Operation Plan Response (WOPR). The electronic-voiced computer asks Lightman, “Shall we play a game?” But the computer doesn’t mean Pac-Man. If engaged, this game won’t give […]

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