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

Feb 28, 2021

By Norris Burkes, Feb 28, 2021 As a retired Air Force chaplain, I say this without exaggeration – NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover made its final descent to the Red Planet last week cushioned by a chaplain’s prayer. I know that because during the opening years of this century, I was privileged to serve as the […]

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Feb 21, 2021

By Norris Burkes Feb 21 2021 (Pictured is Chaplain Norris talking with Panamanian children at a school festival) People don’t always get my sense of humor. Unfortunately, my years as a hospital chaplain infected me with a touch of gallows humor, an ironic wit handy for hopeless situations. Nevertheless, ten years ago, I took that […]

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Feb 13, 2021

By Norris Burkes Feb 13 2021 Let’s play a trivia game today called, “Does the Bible really say that?” I suggest this game because last week’s column stirred some good reactions when I listed Bible verses that we unknowingly use in everyday conversation. Today, at the risk of going full Sunday-school teacher on you, I’ll […]

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Feb 06, 2021

By Norris Burkes Feb 7 2021 As a kid, if I ever dared to bring church gossip to our family dinner table, my mom was quick to challenge my sources: “How do you know that? Did a little bird tell you?” Her question has its roots in Ecclesiastes 10:20 “Don’t make fun of the powerful, […]

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