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

A black and white arrow pointing to the left. 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

Jul 19, 2024

By Norris Burkes Jul 21 2024 With the Olympics set to begin next Friday, it may be a good time for a Bible study. No, I’m not going full Jerry Falwell on you. I just thought you might be interested in the biblical etymology of expressions used in the heat of sports competition. According to […]

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Jul 12, 2024

By Chaplain Norris Burkes July 12 2024 Not too far away or long ago, I was working as a hospital chaplain at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento when a nurse suggested I visit one of her patients. The only reason she offered for her referral was that our patient might need “some counseling or something.” […]

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Jul 05, 2024

By Norris Burkes July 7 2024 Under a new Louisiana law, every public school from elementary to college will be required to post the Ten Commandments by the end of this year. If Jesus were around today, and I believe he is, I think he’d find the new law reeking with hypocrisy. He’d likely question […]

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Jun 28, 2024

By Norris Burkes June 30 2024 If I say “1492,” chances are it’ll bring to mind that old school rhyme, “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” But now I suspect I’ll remember 1492 in a different light. That’s because last week I flew to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to sharpen 1,492 pencils. You say, “That’s an expensive […]

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