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 July 25, 2021 Today’s media can often seem like a name-blame-shame game with its frequent demand to have someone’s head on a platter, at least in a figurative way. The language is not new. It recalls the literal beheading of John the Baptist in Mark 6: 14 – 29. If it’s been […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes July 18, 2021 We all remember the surprise we felt when our high school teacher announced, “Put your books away and take out a piece of paper – Pop quiz!” Well, today’s column is a pop quiz to appraise your understanding of Freedom of Religion. It concludes my three-part series celebrating American […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes July 11, 2021 I once pastored a church where our music minister, Don Smith, often greeted our congregation with a harmonious, “Good morning!” Sadly, our sleepy parishioners often failed to reciprocate his enthusiasm. On those occasions, Smith fired a question to resuscitate the elderly congregants – “How many of you would rather […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes, July 4th 2021 You may recall how last year my wife, Becky, suggested we expand Independence Day celebrations by designating July as “Freedom Month.” Taking inspiration from her idea, I sat down again to write three “Freedom Month” columns. Today’s makes liberal exaggerations of some recent conversations. ——————————————— “Chaplain, I want to […][Read More]