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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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In an English essay during my GCSEs entitled, “If You Could Be Anybody Else, Who Would It Be?” I chose to write about Justin Hayward. Oh, I would have technically preferred George Harrison but wrote in the essay that I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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BIBI BIDI REFUGEE CAMP THROUGH THE LENS with DAVID CAVAN SUNDAY MAY 13, 2018 @ 7pm FITZROY (77 University Street, Belfast BT7 1HL) Northern Ireland photographer David Cavan is not new to bringing his camera to some of the world's... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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When I heard that Ciaran Lavery was working with Iain Archer I was very excited. I had been watching Lavery’s trajectory from Kosher to Let Bad In, from a sound very close to Ryan Adams, though, I would imagine completely... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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There are family compromises when it comes to some music. You need to pick the compromises cleverly. I have been down to listen to Ed Sheeran and even become a fan of NeedToBreathe. George Ezra? There’s another. Janice is taken... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Lord, The Good Friday Agreement, We give you thanks For the prayers, played by so many for so many years, finally answered For the miracle grace time peace we have enjoyed for 20 years We give you thanks that we... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy I will be looking at being witnesses. Who were the first disciples to Jesus resurrection?Jesus told the disciples that they were witnesses. We will look at what they ere to be witnesses to? More important... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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A few years ago I watched a film Fallen Angel about about Larry Norman by David Di Sabatino that stopped me listening to Norman’s music for years. It was a sledgehammer on Larry Norman’s character and as I look back... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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The opening event of the 2018 4 Corners Festival back in February saw the church hall in St Michael’s just off the Shankill Road packed to over flowing. We heard stories about how Loyalism had not only been a resilient... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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I have been surmising over these last few days about how I feel on the 20th Anniversary of our Good Friday Agreement here in Northern Ireland. For the past few years I have been privileged to contribute on the edges... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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This morning in Fitzroy, Neville Cobbe was preaching and he shaped the liturgy. I found myself doing a Communion between the songs Open Our Eyes and Breathe On Us, Breath of God. I was immediately drawn to Paul's prayer in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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Long before Bono's Be Attitudes, preached by Kenrick Lamar at the end of Get Out Of Your Own Way and the beginning of American Soul on U2's Songs Of Experience record, I had written my own take on the Beatitudes...... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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photo: Michael Fitch (Anne Hailes did an interview with me for the Methodist Newsletter. Here's a version of her final piece...) Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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There are tall weathervanes in my musical listening. They tell me which way the wind blows. David Adams is one such and when he dropped the name Courtney Marie Andrews, a while back, it stuck in my mind. When the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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(this morning's Pause For Thought on BBC Radio 2... their theme was "Coming back to life!" They are always tricky!) I always found it the strangest feeling. When I was a University Chaplain I used to take teams to Cape... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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Mary Magdalene - the movie. Reviews are always going to be subjective. How was Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus? What about a script based on Mary? Was it Scripturally based? What about the fictions parts? For me, as someone who has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be having a family extravaganza. Our worship will be led by the Sounds Good Orchestra, a collective of top rated musicians playing alongside those who are learning the first notes. It is always... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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MARCH 28 @ 7pm The Gospel According To… Marilynne Robinson with Andrew Cunning more details about Andrew Cunning on Marilynne Robinson HERE MARCH 29 @ 7pm In Between the Man And The Message a film about Eugene and Janice Peterson... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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IN THE TIME OF MY CONFESSION Bob Dylan’s “Gospel Years” Performed and Surmised featuring the The Radiator Blues Band, Trimmed and Burning and Dave Thompson and Steve Stockman Surmising FITZROY CHURCH, UNIVERSITY STREET APRIL 8, 2018 @ 7.oopm Late last... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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JESUS: THE MAN OF THE PASSION His Life in Songs, Poems and Scripture with The Fitzroy Players FITZROY CHURCH, UNIVERSITY STREET APRIL 1st, 2018 @ 11am Free In a little over 60 minutes, The Fitzroy Players will perform a mix... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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THE GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT 20 Years From Then... What Now?" with REV DR NORMAN HAMILTON, OBE FITZROY CHURCH, UNIVERSITY STREET MARCH 30, 2018 @ 7.30pm (refreshments from 7) Free Easters are not like Christmases and we don't have one date... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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It was the summer of 1976 as I remember it. I was still only fourteen. For four years I had been a teeny bopper consuming copious amounts of 45s. It was another 7” single that led to the next chapter... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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PETERSON IN-BETWEEN THE MAN AND THE MESSAGE a film about EUGENE AND JAN PETERSON with conversation with the Director - GREG FROMHOLZ FITZROY CHURCH, UNIVERSITY STREET MARCH 29, 2018 @ 7.30pm (refreshments from 7) Free Eugene Peterson has been a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) we will be with the question the Greeks ask in John 12 - "we wish to see Jesus". My good buddy Doug Gay's new book on preaching, God Be in My Mouth: 40 Ways to Grow as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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(the photo is my Grandparents' cottage in Galgorm, where I spent a lot of my childhood) St. Patrick's Day. The day that American cities dye their rivers green and more people claim to be Irish than there are Irish in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE
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This is a playlist I have made for St. Patrick's Day. It is made up of songs that I have heard since last year's St. Patrick's Day. For the nerd, Beki Hemingway is indeed American but currently lives in Gorey... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at SOUL SURMISE