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Norris Burkes

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Almost

Growing up as a Southern Baptist pastor's kid, most church events were mandatory and Vacation Bible School was no exception. If the pastor's kid failed to show up for Vacation Bible School, most kids would use my absence as their excuse to pitch a wailing fit. At the time, I remember thinking the best thing […]

We Regret to Inform You

I don't like fish. My wife loves fish, but she's always a bit superstitious about cooking it. She claims that the chaplain's duty pager routinely interrupts our fish dinners. Emerging from the house one Saturday afternoon, she interrupted my yard work by fashioning a "time-out" signal with her hand and my beeper. "It's the base," […]

Ministry to the Deployed and Their Families

During the past several months, thousands of military personnel have deployed overseas. As more prepare to follow, there are concrete ways in which your church can help the families of the deployed soldier. I know, because two years ago I was on the receiving end of that help. With my deployment scheduled a few days […]