Everywhere I look these days, I see someone bee-bopping down the street with earbuds connected to their iPhone or whatever brand of smartphone they carry. These amazing devices are about the size of a cigarette box and are capable of storing an entire music collection, along with a library of books and galleries of pictures.
This is the season feared by most ministers – wedding season. In fact, most ministers would rather do a funeral than a wedding. No, it’s not because we’d rather see someone die than get married. It’s because funerals are simpler. The biggest requirement in preaching a good funeral sermon is empathy, something that well suits
By LISA MILLER • News Journal • October 27, 2008 -- One woman said she came to hear Norris Burkes speak because she wanted to see a celebrity. Another woman wanted to hear the kinds of stories he tells in his columns that appear in the News Journal and newspapers around the country. Others wanted
Burkes delights readers both in column and 2006 book It's fairly easy to coax a laugh out of someone if you rattle off some choice expletives or an off-color joke. But to be graceful and also funny is a rare talent. And when that amusement comes with a reassuring spiritual message, it's divine. Readers of
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By Bob Jamieson - firstname.lastname@example.org Star-Gazette We are better equipped to go through trying times than we think, says Norris Burkes, who will visit the Elmira area Sept. 9 to 15 for a series of appearances to share his experiences as a minister and hospital and military chaplain. Tragedy led Burkes, 50, a Southern Baptist
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By Christina M. Mitchell/staff • email@example.com • What’s this? STAUNTON — Syndicated columnist and the Rev. Norris Burkes is entertaining crowds in the Queen City this week. On Sunday, the "Spirituality" columnist spoke with a group at Second Presbyterian Church in Staunton. This morning, he'll be at Mary Baldwin College's Miller Chapel for another public