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 Aug 14, 2022 “Liar, liar, pants on fire!” belongs on the list of things my mother taught me to never say. Never tell somebody to “shut up.” Never call someone “stupid.” And finally, never accuse anyone of being a “liar.” I consider that good spiritual advice. Most of you likely agree with […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes Aug 7, 2022 At our dinner table last week, I surprised my wife, Becky, by telling her that I wanted to see Jordan Peele’s new movie, “Nope.” “Are you really going to see that thing?” she asked. I didn’t understand her question. She knows I’m a sucker for an alien sci-fi movie. […][Read More]
July 31 2022 By Norris Burkes I confess. I read some nerdy books. One such book is “Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words” (Crown, 2002). Bryson doesn’t suffer literary fools when it comes to the words we commonly misuse. He’s a purist, drawing careful, some would say absurd, distinctions between words such as “nauseous” and “nauseated.” The […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes, July 22 2022 On most mornings, I begin the workday at my hospice office by calling my patients to arrange for visits in their homes. Today is much the same as I set an early afternoon appointment with a woman in her mid-sixties who’s been given less than six months to live. […][Read More]