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

BookCoverPreview.do 894×666 pixels 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 01, 2022

By Norris Burkes July 3, 2022 I’ve written this column for twenty years, so writer’s block can be a problem, especially around the holidays. Fortunately, it’s rarely my problem on Independence Day. That’s because this weekend suggests scores of viewpoints. This is the time we applaud our rights and, man oh man, we’ve got a […]

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Jun 24, 2022

By Norris Burkes June 26, 2022 I think it was Jesus who encouraged his followers to become “fishers of men.” And honestly, that task seems much easier than the literal job of fishing for fish. Fishing requires a level of patience I don’t have. You’d know this about me if you’ve ever watched me pace […]

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Jun 19, 2022

By Norris Burkes Jan 19 2022 “I love you, man” was an expression popularized in a 2009 movie of the same name. But for me, the phrase rings most truly when I think of my father-in-law, Wilbur. Over the past 42 years, he’s remained both my mentor and my foster father. So if you’ll forgive […]

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Jun 10, 2022

By Norris Burkes, June 12, 2022 There’s a lot of blame being passed around this month over the Uvalde, Texas shooting. Some people accuse the Oasis Outback, the store where the shooter legally bought two semiautomatic rifles and more than 1,600 bullets. (No age requirement for the latter, just sobriety.) Lawsuits are being initiated against […]

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