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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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(photo: Paul Bowman) What can a song do? The power of the song for transformation, spiritual and societal has been my thing for many years; I did an MTh on it. Well tonight Ben Kyle did everything that I believe... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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On Monday East Belfast will experience one of the moments in rock history. On his 70th birthday Van Morrison will play a concert on Cyprus Avenue the street he made world famous on his album Astral Weeks. That iconic record... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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“And the parsons planting kisses on the babies at the door And I’m wondering why I bothered and what I came here for I’m absolutely broken with no tears of mine to cry Saying prayers for those in prison and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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“Beautiful girl is a beautiful thing A beautiful song is something you can sing If you're feeling low the girl can hold your hand But a beautiful song can understand” - from God Walks On the Water by Romantica I... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Monday August 31st is going to be a historic day in rock music. Not only is it Van Morrison’s 70th birthday but he will be doing a concert on Cyprus Avenue the Belfast street he made famous in one of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Social media has been pointing out that it is 40 years since Bruce Springsteen released his iconic Born To Run record. A few years ago I used the title track as well as my favourite song from the album, Thunder... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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At some stage of every day of our time at Onialeku Primary School I walked out to the gate and took snap shots of the road, some by camera and some in my mind. The red dust roads of Uganda... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Jason Isbell has to be up there with the best songwriters on the planet just now. His last album Southeastern was a surprise revelation and the much more anticipated Something More Than Free does not disappoint. Every line, melody and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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JASON ISBELL - SOMETHING MORE THAN FREE The follow up to my 2013 Album of the Year Southeastern, Isbell doesn’t disappoint. Effortless songs with clever and memorable lyrics. Try 24 Frames. MATTHEW PERRYMAN JONES - COLD ANSWER The very same... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Africa, I am waving at you And you always wave back and smile Roads teeming with fascination Red dust mile after red dust mile. Africa, I am staring at you All the wildlife through the trees Elephants under the mangos... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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(photo by Lois Clotworthy) For many years I have pondered the difference between the poverty that the Old Testament prophets raged against and the poverty that Jesus called blessed. Earlier this month I was in Uganda with a Fitzroy Youth... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Jose Mourinho’s high risk strategy is beginning to pay off. Just a few days after a seemingly humiliating 3-0 defeat to my beloved Manchester City and Pedro is no longer moving to our quiet Manchester neighbours but signing for Chelsea.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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This is an old review of Ben Kyle's last Romantica album. It is a gem and Ben will be playing Fitzroy on August 28th at 8pm (tickets £10 on the door) An album called America with a host of references... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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I DON’T MISS the mosquito bites. I always seem a tasty treat! On the other hand I got my money’s worth out of the malaria pills! I REALLY MISS Jacqueline the child we are sponsoring through school. It was an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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The fact we live in a world where the first are always first has no better annual celebration than A Level Results Day. This week school pupils will be defined in no small part in their families, among their peers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Hope is a powerful thing. It can destroy you or transform you. In the movie Shawshank Redemption, the prisoners Andy and Red have a heated debate about hope. Red has hoped for some years and nothing has happened; his parole... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Oh, Africa, my beautiful Sister and my brother Africa Africa, my beautiful Sister and my brother Africa I have loved this song for 25 years. Fat And Frantic were better known for their show stopping gymnastic and near comedy anthems... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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It was not long after our last Capetownship trip in 2008 when my friend Alain Emerson shared a thought he’d been mulling over about how we should do things in terms of decades. He was challenging the short term, fidgety... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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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 Jul 29, 2015 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 Jul 27, 2015 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