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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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A Good Lie is a wonderful movie but when you watch it at 39,000 feet on a flight to Kampala with a final destination in Arua, in north west Uganda, it becomes a life experience. A Good Lie begins in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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This prayer/poem/reflection was based around a poem I had written for my daughter Caitlin when she was born. It was encouraging her to life life in all its fullness which is now the Fitzroy mantra. Fitzroy youth wear 10:10 on... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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At the end of July, I am heading off to Uganda with a Fitzroy Youth Team. It will good to be back in Africa and back taking young people into life changing situations. It is seven years since my last... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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(photo:Paul Bowman) Yesterday, The Frames played a gig to celebrate 25 years of great music. For some unknown reason I wasn't there! I was there 25 years ago. I bought The Dancer on 7" with a ropey home made cover.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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“Let the water flow, let the light shine Let the blood go through me like a river winds Through the valley, through the meadow Through my spirit and my soul just like a river goes Through the mountain, under the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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AUGUST 28th @ 8pm (£10 on door) in Fitzroy BEN KYLE IN CONCERT Brought up in Belfast before moving to Minneapolis in his early teens Ben Kyle is a wonderful songwriter. He records as part of the band Romantica but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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I say it a lot but it was fine wisdom and I have used it for 5 years. My former colleague in Fitzroy Rev Whitney Wilkinson looked me sternly in the eye as my first holiday in Fitzroy was about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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I love Canada and Canadian music... Here is my favourite artists doing great songs to celebrate Canada Day! Joni Mitchell - A Case Of You from Blue Daniel Lanois - Shine from Shine Neil Young - Powderfinger from Rust Never... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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10. BOO HEWERDINE - OPEN I remember my mate and I saying after the umpteenth brilliant 12” by The Bible that they never release a bad track. Their b-sides were always superb. So, twenty five years later Boo Hewerdine releases... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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“I can't say that I love Jesus that would be a hollow claim. He did make some observations and I'm quoting them today. "Judge not lest ye be judged." what a beautiful refrain” This lyric from REM’s song New Test... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Let me confess that I liked The Civil Wars but didn’t grow to love them. I had also liked them for some months before I caught on that Joy Williams was one of them. I had met Joy at a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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I remember the arch going up. My grandfather put it up. Right there in the middle of Galgorm village, right outside my Grandparents thatched cottage. It was a moment in the year. I loved seeing the village landscape change and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tonight Christy Moore headlines the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury. A repeat blog in honour of that... The coming together of Christy Moore and U2; that is an imaginative thought in itself. When they finally got to write together a song... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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A few years ago I was asked to speak at the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast about my favourite protest song. I have so many but the one I chose was one that I can look back and realise... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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An old blog but still as vital as when it was written... I can see my former students all smile... he's at it again... "In your old life you had nothing to live for. Now you do. You have nothing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Solas is a small festival (1000 folks), held on the Blied estate in the beautiful Perthshire countryside. It has a distinctly Scottish flavour. It grew out of the Greenbelt Festival (I remember being at a very early meeting to discuss... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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As the Festivals season gets under way... I wrote this about 20 years ago but thought of it this weekend at Solas... Solas review to follow... Festivals Fun Celebration And freedom from The rest of our time Spent striving Surviving... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Paul McCartney is never seen as the most political or spiritual of Beatles. He has certainly never written anything lyrical to challenge Imagine by Beatle John or My Sweet Lord by Beatle George. However, a couple of years ago, as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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While on sabbatical at Regent College, Vancouver in 2005 I spent a lot of time listening to Darrell Johnston on preaching. As well as the skills that I hope I learned Darrell left me phrases and theology to ponder and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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After my Playlist of best Van Morrison songs to celebrate his knighthood I thought I would put a covers package together too. The songs are chosen as a radio show cycle. You might see a few themes and those I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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The Troubles rarely touched my hometown, Ballymena. Where we were impacted was in the fact that I rarely travelled the thirty miles to Belfast AND… that few rock bands came to Belfast in the 70s. One man was always dependable... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME - THE BEST OF N. IRISH MUSIC LIVE Remember The First Time. It was a might of old memories remembered and brand new never to forget new ones. It was the great idea of my old... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy I will be taking us onward in the Long Obedience In The Same Direction. That is the book title of Eugene Peterson's commentary on the Psalms Of Ascent - Psalms 120-134. Tomorrow's Psalm is 131... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Last night’s news! Van Morrison has a knighthood. Sir Van The Man! How wonderful! How well deserved. Heads up today East Belfast. Be proud. From your streets came an icon of modern music with his take on blues, jazz, folk... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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I launched my TWO new poetry books (see below) on May 31st and many have been asking how they might get copies. So here is the deal. We are self publishing in order to maximise profits. All proceeds go to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE