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
July 5 2020 By Norris Burkes READERS: My wife, Becky, believes that it’s not enough to have only a single day in July to celebrate Independence Day. She has said for years that we should set aside the entire month of July to celebrate and display our patriotic pride. “Let’s call it ‘Freedom Month,’” she […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes June 28 2020 As June concludes, my guess is you’ve likely found yourself among the millions of worldwide folks forced to postpone a meaningful family event like school graduation, a Father’s Day gathering or a wedding. As a chaplain who has done scores of weddings, I remain especially conscious of the disappointment […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes June 21 2020 In 2011, I was at the annual National Guard Chaplain Conference in Washington, D.C., when I was sidetracked into a personal conference with a colleague. The morning session began with all the usual inspirational speeches from our higher-ups. Just before our lunch break, Chaplain Lawrence Witherspoon of Riverside, Calif., stood […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes June 14, 2020 These past weeks, our nation, even our world, was consumed with the tragic news of George Floyd, the unarmed black man killed when ex-policeman Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck during an arrest. As a columnist, I would like to voice my strongest protest of what can only be […][Read More]