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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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“See those fault lines Lay down like land mines It's hard to relax A promise broken The ground breaks open Love falls through the cracks And I've got a few of my own I've got a few of my own... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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Just how sensational is that blue The one made by these light beams Not the darker cathartic kind That soothes the bluesman’s bad dreams This ones made by the evening sun Setting low above the town Just two hours before... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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On the first day of our family vacation we heard the news of Flight MH17 being blown out of the sky over Ukraine... For the next day I conjured the tragedy in my head and as I often do I... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Northern Ireland had the blessing of having this young American songwriter dwelling among us for the last few years. Sadly he has left for America’s west coast with his lovely wife, son, a Belfast acquired degree in Theology and this... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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It'll be good to be back home preaching in Fitzroy in the morning (11am). We'll be looking at Peter, his foibles and quirks and how Jesus redeems him not just objectively but subjectively (John 21) How does this encounter with... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Well if Flannery O’Connor got to be scriptwriter for The Vicar Of Dibley then maybe it would work out something like this. Indeed this literary torrent of “magic realism” feels that it needs Jim Carey to act in the Hollywood... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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I went off on holidays in mid July and the world seemed to go to war. In Ukraine rebels blew a passenger jet out of the sky. The television footage from Gaza was simply horrendous. The who was right or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(News of Robin Williams' passing reminds us of the fragility of life and the pain and consequences of depression... I wrote this a while back and it seemed right to post it again today... with grace and prayers to Robin... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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I got a dream I'm gonna fight 'til I get it I got a dream I'm gonna fight 'til I get it right (American Dream Plan B) And I've got a few of my own I've got a few of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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There was that moment in 2011, when Rory McIlroy surrendered a four shot lead on the back nine of the US Masters to card the worst ever score by anyone leading The Masters going into the final day, when I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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For many weeks there has been a sense of doom. Anyone I had spoken to who was close to the events of parades and politics were prophesying the unravelling of our peace process. The tensions in places of contentious parades... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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It is finished, but still we feel this guilt It is finished, but still we feel enslaved It is finished, but still we feel alone It is finished, but still we feel unloved It is finished, but still we feel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy I will preach my last sermon before my holidays and my last sermon in our series on The Gospel According To John. We are still lingering around Pilate and Jesus stand off and tomorrow morning... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Today many in Northern Ireland will claim their loyalty to the Queen in drums, tunes and parades all across the country and far beyond. It is a day they remember King William of Orange and his victory for Protestantism at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Today we are in this midst of more tension over Parades and protests have been promised by the Orange Order. Both sides of the Ardoyne stand off are in the wrong in being so uncompromising and need to show more... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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I have learned to be intrigued by anything Iarla Ó Lionáird is involved in. That might not be obvious. I am from the most British part of Ireland, its north east corner and Ó Lionáird is from the opposite south... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(25 years ago tonight I kissed my soul mate for the very first time. This is pretty much the story in a 25 year old poem slightly modified...) Right side of the escalators Tickets and tube way trains London lit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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On Sunday night in Fitzroy Janet Morris helped us to spend some time meditating on Psalm 23. It is such a familiar Psalm and I was wondering how I would find something fresh. Though Janet was not doing a strict... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Let me transport you to the roads of Vancouver in Canada. As another impatient Canadian driver honks his horn, and makes to shout obscenities through windscreens, I want to stop him and tell him how much I am looking forward... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(I wrote this is a kind of Psalm a long while back. It appeared on the record I did with same Hill under the name Stevenson and Samuel called Grace Notes) God welcomed in the morning He gave voice to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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So my wife had a dream last night. She was about to marry someone else but I arrived to try to change her mind. As she surveyed how her husband to be and I were setting up the Church for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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David Gray once sang, “you sacrificed the poem of your imagination for these pounds and pence”. Some might feel it was self fulfilling prophecy as Gray blanded out the creative edge of his poor selling early albums to make big... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“On and on Body willing, mind undone One pain ending while another begins Lies, ruin, disease Into wounds like these Let the truth sting Let the truth sting Let the truth sting” From Let The Truth Sting I remember while... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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There is something in the spiritual DNA of the human being that divides, pushes away, sets up barriers. Our natural inclination seems to be sectarian.Perhaps Fredrick Buechner put it well, “The power of sin is centrifugal. When at work in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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This is an old poem, written at a Summer Madness festival, back in the day. The idea of those flaunting not having it - unlike the old TV ad - had been rattling around my brain for sometime. There must... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE