Norris Burkes Syndicated Columnist


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Religion and war collide

Recently, I attended a new employee orientation for a hospice service in Northern California and met a smart, well-traveled nurse...

In defense of Starbucks and Ben Carson

Every once in a while, this spiritual columnist likes to go rogue. Today’s going to be one of those times, so consider...

Prayers of the lucky charm chaplain

I’m not a superstitious person, but I’ve occasionally been passed off as the spiritual equivalent to a...

Praying for my enemy

Editor’s Note: This is an abridged excerpt from my book, “Hero’s Highway” Amazon 2015.

A chaplain’s business can be risky

I’ve officiated dozens of weddings in my 30 years as a minister, but few were as fraught with risk as the one I performed...

Facing my fear of the dentist

Do you have a fear that your friends and family call irrational? I do. I’m odontophobic, afraid of dentists.

Resiliency more than just survival

On April 4, 1991, I was halfway finished with a yearlong chaplain training program at UC-Davis Medical Center when a social...

Columnist shares faith flops

This week begins my 15th year of writing this column. The anniversary is causing me to reflect on the purpose of why I write this...

Turning countless days into days that count

During the early months of 2009, I deployed as a hospital chaplain to Joint Base Balad, Iraq. The base commander was Maj. Gen.

A promise from a mother to her infant

It was 3 a.m. when I answered the phone call from the labor and delivery unit of the children’s hospital where I was...

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