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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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JOHN 1: 1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made... Continue reading
Posted 21 minutes ago at SOUL SURMISE
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I never enjoy the Manchester derby. Oh, of course it is the most important fixture of the season but there is that knot in the stomach, for all 90 or 99 minutes. Even those historic 5-1 and 6-1 wins, it... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Prayed this prayer this morning. We didn't sing O Come O Come Emmanuel but it is always in my head this time of year. The caress of God among us and the collide. The countries are places that Fitzroy have... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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There was a telling clue to Anthony D’Amato when I had a short conversation with him after his support slot for Ricky Ross at Belfast’s Empire this week. During the gig he had said that this was the last of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning in Fitzroy (11am) we will be looking at Jesus check list for our spiritual health. The parable of the sheep and goats is a challenge and inspiration to 10:10 living, in this #9 in my 10:10 in Ten... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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In the Short Stories Notebook that he was selling after the gig, Ricky Ross tells us about him and his wife being at a play in New York that was simply the story of a man’s life. Ross writes, “It... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Bob Dylan’s Christmas album has been a talking point in Bobdom for some time. When one of my best Bob fans dismissed it I didn’t rush to acquire. How wrong he is and I was! “How does it feel?” is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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“A route differs from a road not only because it is solely intended for vehicles, but also because it is merely a line that connects one point with another. A route has no meaning in itself; its meaning derives entirely... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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U2’s new record dropped last Friday and for me that is always religious news. I devour the lyrics like I’m at a Bible Study. I am all over them, seeking out the deeper meaning. To be truthful I am usually... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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The first track on U2’s 14th studio album Songs Of Experience sets the scene and points the way. Love Is All That We Have Left is a spiritually yearning ballad, sparse with an atmospheric ambience. It has Bono singing as... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Maybe I had just missed it before but I was quite mesmerised. Really? I thought. It couldn’t be. But there it was. I had sat under this avocado tree, in Arua, north west Uganda, sheltering my pink Irish skin from... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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There is a lovely little passage of Scripture tucked away in the nativity story (Luke 1: 39-45). Between the moment when Mary is visited by an angel, soon finding herself pregnant, and her Magnificat she runs for cover. In the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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“Santa Claus is comin' and the kids are gettin' greedy It's Christmas time They know what's in the stores 'cause they seen it on the TV It's Christmas time, it's Christmas time It used to be the birthday of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Let me tell you U2’s 14th studio album, Songs Of Experience, is utterly brilliant Light of melody, Deft of rhyme Weighty of content. Let me also say Some of the old fans might not like it The ones who still... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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(my good friend Doug Gay, wrote this around Jeremiah 29. I used it this morning in Fitzroy. Exegetical insights through poetry...) To all the exiles: Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel I have sent you into exile in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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photo: Gordon Ashbridge Before Church your can hear Fr Martin and I on Sunday Sequence on BBC Radio Ulster around 9 speaking about Advent. In Fitzroy in the morning (11am) we will be lighting the first Advent candle. I will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Advent begins tomorrow. The Stockmans will light the first of the Fitzroy Advent candles. Before we do, I will be on Sunday Sequence on BBC Radio Ulster, with my buddy in peacemaking Fr Martin Magill, confessing that as Irish Presbyterians,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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It was my first first form Christmas party. What a perfect time for the biggest band of our time to release the greatest Christmas rock song of all time. Every time Merry Xmas Everybody comes on the radio it is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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photo: Gordon Ashbridge It was back in 2006 when I met Sindy BUT I remember her every World AIDS Day, and many other days of the year. She represents all those who have died of AIDS, all those who still... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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When I listen to Malojian I cannot help thinking of Glasgow’s Blue Nile. Not that they sound like Blue Nile but that feeling of utterly loveliness, a sound that is like lying back in a big soft rug by the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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FITZROY'S 6th ANNUAL COMMUNITY CAROL SERVICE Fitzroy Church, 77 University Street, BELFAST burgers on the barbecue from 5.30pm... service @ 6pm with Botanic Primary School Orchestra and Choir and special guest Noeleen Ní Cholla plus puppets and monologues and (of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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It is a year ago today since my mother passed away. I am spending today reflecting. I had no idea what I was heading into last November. Mum passed away on a Tuesday and when I heard that the funeral... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Now this is a treat I fell upon. Jimmy McCarthy is Ireland’s equivalent of Jimmy Webb, a consummate songwriter and Mary Black is his Glen Campbell, the voice that made Jimmy’s songs her own. They’re both called Jimmy for goodness... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Jacob Stockdale’s great aunt belongs to Fitzroy. The day after he scored two stunning tries against Argentina and in many ways arrived on the world Rugby union scene as a superstar I suggested that I saw all of Betty’s power,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I couldn’t stand Oasis. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t sing a long to a chorus of Wonderwall if he was supporting U2 at Croke Park but for me they were always a Beatles Tribute band that shouldn’t have made it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE