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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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This is the script of a talk given by Stocki at Queens University Christian Union on November 6th 2003. Those who know him will know it probably turned out very different and more energetic live but here it is anyway...They... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Steve Stockman will self publish not one but two new poetry books, Awkward Dancers & Audacious Dreamers and Reflections, Poems and Benedictions, on May 31st in Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, University Street, Belfast at 7pm. It is a free gig but... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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When Joshua Tree arrived in March 1987 the song I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Lookin For got a lot of the attention. Surely here was the song that proved that Bono and his Irish mates were not Christians and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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NOT A ROUTE… BUT A ROAD “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... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Brandon Flowers is fast becoming a hidden pleasure. You know the artists you can’t get excited about because you would lose your rock fan cred. He’s the singer in The Killers and they have gotten way too popular. Cred means... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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As the news breaks that Prince Charles is going to meet Gerry Adams today there will be much consternation. That consternation will be on both side of our traditional, often times violent, bloody and murderous, divide. Ulster Unionists will feel... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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YOU ARE NOT SAFE... Almighty God, As Beaver said to Lucy about Aslan in CS Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe You are not safe You are good. Forgive us Lord, when we make you safe When we... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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For U2’s only European gig of 1986 I did a 22 hour day. I remember Andy Anthony and I getting up for a 6.30am bus to Dublin and getting home at 4am the next morning. U2 were not the only... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Very honoured to be the guest on Alan in Belfast's Tv show on local station NvTv this Monday night (May 18th) at 7.30. It is a half hour chat show format and Alan will be asking some good questions about... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we continue on the Psalms of Ascent. We will look at the People of God's excited about going to worship. We will, with a side look at Nehemiah, see that as well as worship going... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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AWKWARD DANCE OF PEACE Between the bloody dark And grace’s redeeming light Between the hate riled gloom And the rays of forgiveness, bright Friendships can be messy. Between the blowing up And the pieces fixed on landing Between the bleak... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Who am I to think that I could review U2’s first gig on their Songs Of Innocence and Experience Tour from 4,400 miles away? Well, who did I think I was to write Walk On; The Spiritual Journey of U2... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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The news this morning is of another earthquake in Nepal just weeks after it was devastated by one. Nepal is a country I have a personal interest in. Patrician Drummond, Tony and Valerie McGall and Peter and Asa McDowell from... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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A couple of years ago a young women approached me after Church and introduced herself. She said that she was studying a Masters in Poetry at Queens University and would be around for a wee while. I am always delighted... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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This weekend Soul Surmise broke 350,000 hits. I find that astonishing and want to think everyone who takes the time to read my daily rants, reviews and surmises. For me, the end of most days has me at the lap... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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I think Stevie Gerrard got it wrong. When asked about the standing ovation he was given by Chelsea fans as I walked off the pitch on what was likely to be his last game at Stamford Bridge he dismissed the... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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MAY 10 at FITZROY @ 7 THE CHURCHES AND PEACEMAKING; THE OBSTACLES AND OPPORTUNITIES - PETER MCDOWELL Peter McDowell has been working for the Irish Churches’ Peace Project and tonight he will share that experience. Is there a hunger for... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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In the morning (11am) Jonathan Abenethy-Barkley will be helping us capture imaginations, touch hearts and offer hope as we continue to explore Jesus use of the short story or parable with a up close look at the Parable of the... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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I Tweeted during the televised events of last night’s General Election Results that my faith in God was hanging on a thin fraying thread. It was the DUP’s David Simpson’s victory speech that bruised my faith. I am never comfortable... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Last April I did a wee tour of America doing my theo-musicology thing and split my events between speaking about U2 and Mumford & Sons. Speaking about Mumford & Sons, in Dayton University with a brilliant live student band and... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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So it is tomorrow. I am excited, not because it is voting day but because the day after will mean no more of the white noise of toxic anti-social behaviour of prospective leaders of the nation pointing fingers, shouting at... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Noeleen Ni Cholla spends a lot of time in our home. She is my wife’s cousin’s girlfriend. Over these last years I have come to see her voice and singing as a part of her life rather than just something... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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This is the poem of a pastor, watching his congregation going through all kinds of pain. The third verse is based on something Philip Yancey said about spiritual maturity, where he used that verse in Isaiah 40: 31 about those... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy I will be continuing my new sermon series on the Psalms Of Ascent. Psalm 121 follows a Psalm that sets us in the reality of a world at war and deceit. Psalm 121 seeks where... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Since I was a young teenager I have found solace in songs. When yet another girl rejected me or, just as often, Manchester City lost on a Saturday afternoon I went into my music room, the privilege of being an... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE