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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, peace and reconciliation, social justice, sport...
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Next week (Oct 26 & 27, 2017) I will again be performing my poetry, this time at The Scottish Baptist Assembly (info here - http://www.baptistassemblyinscotland.org) I thought I would reblog this piece about my reluctant poetry career! I started dabbling... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Neil Finn, New Zealand’s favourite song making son has never made the same record twice. Whether with Split Enz or Crowded House or with his brother Tim as The Finn Brothers, with his wife Sharon on Pyjama Club, on his... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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A poem to fit a windy day like this one as we watch Hurricane Ophelia blow the trees in the garden whichever way she chooses. I wrote this one afternoon at one of our favourite north coast haunts; Murlough Bay.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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“And no matter where I roam I will find my way back home I will always return to the Lord In the gentle evening breeze By the whispering shady trees I will find my sanctuary in the Lord I was... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Martyn Joseph’s song Kiss The World Beautiful is a beautifully crafted song about loving the world. It is about hope and change and good and right and a shalom-like balance to the way everything that is turns out. Though an... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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So in 2015 the week before I went to Uganda, I walked into No Alibis Bookshop on Botanic Avenue and said to David Torrans that I wanted a book that would accompany me on that journey. Without a word he... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy I will be into the third in my 10:10 in Ten series. We will be looking at the words always on the lips of the Jewish people and what Jesus answered as the most important... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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56 today! Unbelievable. I remember looking back at my 50th birthday and thinking how fast, how packed in and how full my life has been. It hasn’t slowed down. I do feel not as fit to keep up but then... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we are asking what icon you need to click on to find your way into the Kingdom of God and towards the 10:10 life in all its fulness. This is the scenic part of a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I was gutted to hear of the passing of rock star Tom Petty on Monday evening. As the news reached me on social media I uttered a loud “No! No! No! No!” It told me all I needed to know... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I remember being quite interested in Tom Petty’s first solo album Full Moon Fever because I had been a Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers fan since Damn The Torpedoes and the thought of Petty doing something more stripped back, as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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So, this week we had our two leading ladies, Arlene and Michelle, fighting over whether Northern Ireland was British or Irish. It has been a century long argument that seems likely to go on for decades, no matter what happens... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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There is a moment in the middle of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ version of Van Morrison’s Mystic Eyes that not only showcases the wonder of transcendence in art but if you listen more carefully you might even sense the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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It was on Twitter. David Bazan Tweeted, “Bless Tom Petty.” I wondered had Petty made a pastorally helpful contribution to the aftermath of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas. Googling for information I discover he has been found at home... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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“October And the trees are stripped bare Of all they wear What do I care October And kingdoms rise And kingdoms fall But you go on.” Perhaps U2’s first moment of controlled and crafted genius, Edge’s piano changes the band’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I remember discovering Beki Hemingway's song Sinsick on a sampler CD back in the late 90s. I loved it and played it on my radio show. When Beki got in touch to say that she was coming to Belfast, I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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On Sunday morning (11am) in Fitzroy we are going back to the summertime. The Uganda Team who called themselves #uganda1717, because there were 17 of them in Uganda in 2017, will be feeding back their amazing experiences. If you in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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You don’t want to be lazy when listening to The Killers. Wonderful Wonderful comes across with immediate surface glitter and gloss. It is all shiny, pop ridden rock and the lead off single The Man comes across all menacing funk... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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This is an avocado tree in Onialeku Primary School, near Arua, Uganda. It is a shade from the sun. It has the school in the near distance. It has two harvests on it, at the same time. That got me... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Someone told me once that CS Lewis, from the same square mile as Van, had said that we all leave our own gardens, take off and search the world but we all end up back in our own garden. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I was spending too much time chattering after a 4 Corners festival committee meeting and had failed to do my chores for a large event we were running at the Manse. Fr Martin was concerned about me and I told... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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When Ricky Ross played The Empire Music Hall in Belfast back in November 2015 I was taken by a new song. It was about a dog… and God. I wrote this in my review of that gig: This dog caught... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we start a brand new series called 10:10 in Ten. It is has my name written all over it! I am not sure when I started the thought processes. I cannot remember what sparked it.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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“In time this won't even matter This chapter will be long on the grass And we'll talk about everything til it's easier Your beauty is nothing compared to what You will become You will become You will become in time... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I was a Deacon Blue fan before anyone else I knew. Until Dignity was re-mixed and re-released no one was paying attention. I was near obsessed. I heard they were on a Television show one Sunday on Channel 4. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE