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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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The Manchester bomb hit me with that awful hollow thud of horror at a moment when I was reading and listening to thoughts of violence and peacemaking. Now, I hear you say, it would seem that you are always surmising... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at SOUL SURMISE
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I wrote this on our first trip to Uganda in 2015. Jonny Fitch turned into the catchiest of songs. It is a reasonably simple poem BUT, for me, expresses a lot of depth. The last lines might not be the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday 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 yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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VINOTH RAMACHANDRA & STEVE STOCKMAN God & Google? Faith & Facebook? SATURDAY MAY 27th - 10 - 12.30 (with Contemporary Christianity) Vinoth is from Sri Lanka and is author of The Message of Mission, Subverting Global Myths and Church and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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“What good am I if I say foolish things And I laugh in the face of what sorrow brings And I just turn my back while you silently die What good am I?” Bob Dylan I always loved Bob Dylan's... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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U2’s JOSHUA TREE performed and surmised performances by Radiator Blues Band, Andy Patterson, Jonny Fitch, Caroline Orr, Dave Thompson Shannon Clements, Chris Fry and others surmising by Steve Stockman (author of Walk On; The Spiritual Journey of U2 and narrator... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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So it is Monday and the dust has settled on another Premiership season. Pablo Zabaleta and John Terry's tears have dried and the In-Out door has begun as David Moyes leaves Sunderland! The boring days of a long summer without... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Photographs never hunger Photographs never cry Photographs never suffer Photographs never die Photographs don’t need water Photographs don’t need rain Photographs don’t need harvest Photographs don’t sow grain But I see more than a photograph When I look at you... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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“All the good we could have done Could have done for everyone Is this the land of the setting sun Have we forgotten who we were And why we came here anyway So pick up the reins and kick the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be mining the rich Scriptural seam of John 14. Under the title "The Pneumatology of Last Week's Sermon" I will be telling my story about the miracle of last Sunday's service. I will... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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One of my former colleagues at Fitzroy, Rev Whitney Wilkinson, is getting married to Carlos Arreche today in Texas. We cannot be there but we are with them both in spirit. As I thought about Whitney this week, I jotted... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Twenty one years ago today I married this amazing lady, beautiful and good looking too! When I try to write a new poem about my love for her I can never do any better than this. I wrote it back... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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DUBLIN - BELFAST - ETHIOPIA - HEAVEN… These are the four locations that Bono takes us to in the few minutes of Where The Streets Have No Name. Streets is a BIG U2 song. It has been a constant in... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Dr. Raymond Carr is in Belfast to speak at Queens University on May 26th as part of the Religious Studies Research Forum Lecture Series. These lectures are at 2.00 in the Senate Room and Raymond’s title is: "Thelonious Monk—Icon of... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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It is a moment that will go down as one of the most evocative moments of my entire ministry in Fitzroy. The response suggested such! The issue of identity had been cropping up all week long. We got some photographs... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning in Fitzroy (11am) we will be flies on the wall, listening into Jesus farewell to his disciples, preparing them for his cross and what is to come… we will be considering how Jesus builds the disciples confidence to... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Rain can ruin your weekend Or rain can spare your life Depending on who you are and what your thirst is like And when it's day to me it's night to someone And when it's night you might not want... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
God and Google? Faith and Facebook? Trusting technology in a post-truth world Seminar and workshop with Vinoth Ramachanda and Steve Stockman Saturday 27 May 10.00am to 12.30pm (Tea/coffee/registration from 9.30am) Fitzroy Presbyterian Church Cafe Area, University Road, Belfast BT7 1HL... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland ‘MINISTERING IN THE TROUBLES AND WORKING FOR PEACE Panel Discussion and Question Time with the Very Rev Dr John Dunlop, the Very Rev Dr Godfrey Brown, the Very Rev Dr Ken Newell, the Rev Lesley... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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This photograph arrived today. About a year ago two of my Fitzroy congregation cycled, one of them for days and days and miles and miles and hundreds more miles, to raise the funds to put a protective fence around the... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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You can get many wrong perspectives on the Scriptures if you come at them from the wrong end. Starting at The Book of Revelation and working backwards can send you askew; dangerously so. Starting at the beginning is by far... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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The tickets came this week for Fitzroy’s Uganda trip this summer and it immediately caught my eye. The second leg of our flight from Addis Ababa to Entebbe is at 10:10. For those who know me, that is my number... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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The next eight days in Fitroy have variety and excitement... FILM AND PUDDING NIGHT TONIGHT (May 6th) @ 7pm Showing the Disney movie Queen Of Katwe which is set in Uganda to find raise for our Fields Of Life trip... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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Few other records have so saturated my life as Deacon Blue’s Raintown. In May 1987 I was smitten with it and played it to death pretty much over the following two years. I had the record shop publicity boarding on... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE
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I don’t know about sacred Vanessa but I have been up to my neck in mementos this last week. We’ve just cleared out my parents’ house. There’s a wedding photo here and an invitation to my very own ordination there.... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at SOUL SURMISE