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 June 4, 2023 Next week, my wife, Becky, and I fly to Peoria, Illinois, to attend a celebration with my newlywed niece and her husband. Fortunately, they didn’t ask me to perform their ceremony. I say “fortunately” because most ministers I know would rather officiate a funeral than a wedding. […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes, Memorial Day 2023 I can hardly attend a Memorial Day service without remembering the true cost of war. It is a cost I learned to count while serving as the chaplain on death notification teams that delivered news no one wanted to hear. Movies often depict these teams visiting a three-bedroom house […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes May 21 2023 After working 30 years as a hospital and military chaplain, I was surprised more than anyone by my return to parish ministry last year. And the word “surprise” has become a regular part of my strategy with my unsuspecting little congregation. Each Sunday, I try to keep them guessing. […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes May 14, 2023 My wife, Becky, and I made a recent trip to see my elderly mother whereupon she revealed a surprising something about my beginnings. “You were a high-risk baby,” Mom said. “And he still is!” Becky added, puffing at a strand of hair. “No,” I protested, “She said, ‘high risk’ […][Read More]