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Stocki
Belfast
I am the minister of Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast, N. Ireland, author of Walk On; The Spiritual Journey of U2, and blog on where my faith and culture meets...
Interests: Jesus, where art and faith inter connect, music, social justice, sport...
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READ: LUKE 10: 29-37 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers.... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at SOUL SURMISE
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READ: Luke 9: 57-58 57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go." 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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It was with sadness that I heard about the death of Anglican minister Jack Heaslip this past weekend. Jack was the Chaplain to rock band U2 and, though ever humble in the background (proven when trying to find his photo... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(In Fitzroy this Lenten Season we are studying as a Church community the chapters of Luke 9-19 that have been called the travel narratives. I am trying to blog thoughts as I read…) READ Luke 9: 51-56 51 As the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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“Surrender don't come natural to me I'd rather fight You for something I don't really want Than to take what You give that I need And I've beat my head against so many walls Now I'm falling down, I'm falling... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow in Fitzroy is another exciting Sunday! In the morning (11am) we are delighted to welcome Doug Gay as the preacher. Doug is a minister in the Church of Scotland lectures in Theology at Glasgow University. Greenbelters will know him... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(In Fitzroy we are journeying through Lent in the Travel Narratives of Luke (Chapters 9 to 19). We begin that journey on Monday so in these first few days I am going to draw out some thoughts from the first... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(In Fitzroy we are journeying through Lent in the Travel Narratives of Luke (Chapters 9 to 19). We begin that journey on Monday so in these first few days I am going to draw out some thoughts from the first... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(In Fitzroy we are journeying through Lent in the Travel Narratives of Luke (Chapters 9 to 19). We begin that journey on Monday so in these first few days I am going to draw out some thoughts from the first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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I have pondered getting back to the simple life for years and concluded that unless everybody else joined in… the simple life would be very complicated. We live in a complicated world… cluttered with schedules and stuff. I became very... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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LENT REFLECTIONS #1 - REDEMPTION’S REACH (In Fitzroy we are journeying through Lent in the Travel Narratives of Luke chapters 9 to 19. We begin that journey on Monday so in these first few days I am going to draw... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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“From the bridge at Selma To the mouth of the river Nile From the swamplands of Louisiana To the high peaks of Kilimanjaro From Dr. King's America To Nelson Mandela's Africa The journey of equality moves on On, on, on”... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Drew Holcomb is a find of the year so far. yes, I had been tipped off about him but I didn’t take the risk. Listening to Medicine I am sorry I waited so long. Holcomb is a songwriter of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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(The tragic death of young Oisin McGrath this past week has touched the country. That my family were passing Oisin's family as they visited in the Royal Children's Hospital brought it even closer. The sadness reminded me of this old... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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I Can't Stop Loving You - Hymns to The Silence Hungry For Your Love - Wavelength Crazy Love - Moondance You're My Woman - Tupelo Honey Give Me A Kiss - His Band And The Street Choir In The Afternoon... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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“Have I told you lately that I love you Have I told you there's no one above you Fill my heart with gladness Take away my sadness Ease my troubles, that's what you do Oh the morning sun in all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Interviewing our most recent three Lord Mayors Of Belfast last week at the 4 Corners Festival event, 3 Mayors For All 4 Corners, I asked them all what they thought the Churches could contribute to making Belfast a peaceful and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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John Legend and Common’s soundtrack song for the movie Selma is everything I think a song for a Healthy Soul should be. In my Masters Dissertation almost ten years ago I looked at what gave a song longevity and depth... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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My Pause For Thought on BBC Radio 2 this morning was inspired by the film A Step Too Far? A Contemplation On Forgiveness that we showed as part of the 4 Corners Festival last Saturday. Set in Amish country in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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On Sunday night in Fitzroy (February 15th 2015) at 7pm we will hold our 4th Blues Night. In the midst of some cracking blues music from the an array of talented players and singers... Martin McVitty's guitar playing needs to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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What a week! I am utterly exhausted but in the most satisfying of ways. Less than thirty months since “a dangerous cup of coffee” gave a Catholic Priest, Fr. Martin Magill, and myself, a Presbyterian minister, the idea of a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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So, after 35 years of not getting it, I am enjoying Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait. I hated it until this week. Even the Bootleg Series Volume 10 which gave us the amazing out takes from that record didn’t open it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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I read a social media comment yesterday that suggested a certain Northern Ireland politician “embodies what distinguishes one politician from another - integrity to say "I was wrong." I was struck by the the idea of a politician admitting to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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(Written for a Jesus in the City Conference and prayed in St. Patrick's Cathedral this prayer gave us the title for the 4 Corners Festival... for an event last night i added a beginning and end. Pray it please!) Lord... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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I have always been taken by John Lennon’s line, “Imagine there’s no heaven.” It always seems dot me to be an anti-Lennon thought. It seems to me to curtail imagination that I thought John and Yoko were all for. It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE