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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 sensational what ever way you look at it. Steve Taylor the prophetic rebel poet laureate of Christian rock in the 80s and 90s releases his first record in 21 years. The Perfect Foil is like a super group;... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Fitzroy’s Gospel According To… Series has been running for five years. It started pretty much as a rock music thing with U2, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, The Waterboys, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and the political provocative Christy Moore.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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It was a moment of devastating grace. The moment was freeze framed in my mind. The powerful impact of honesty and selflessness was tangible. I asked why were such moments not more common. Where in my life was I causing... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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Over The Rhine’s third Christmas album is not another great Christmas album. It is another great album - period. The review is blogged here but I want to concentrate on one line that left the rest of the brilliance and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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The genius of Over The Rhine’s Christmas records is not just that they put the emotions and stories of the rest of the year into the Christmas story, it is that they also put the Christmas story into the rest... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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The Art Of McCartney gives Paul McCartney the kind of big name tribute album that John Lennon got with Instant Karma and Bob Dylan got with Chimes Of Freedom. It is a hug step up in big names than the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) Jonathan will take us to the end of Jonah's story. He gets over his sectarian bigotry and God interupts the way the world was. We will also be having a guest appearance from Homeplus which will tell... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Readers of this blog will know that I am a huge fan of Canadian singer, songwriter and activist Bruce Cockburn. Cockburn's connection with Jesus has been one of the driving forces of his life, music and campaigning and his stunning... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Bruce Cockburn close up. My word! I was in the front, right underneath the stage. My friend said I could have looked up his nose. I guess I could but from the moment he walked on stage I was completely... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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It was a moment. I walked into my Church and headed up the stairs of the Church Halls. As I climbed I could hear the song Shipwrecked at The Stable Door in the ether coming to meet me. I love... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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“And now... a Toronto blessing that it’s worth staying on your feet for... for over twenty years this man has prophesied into my world, provoked my mind, preached to my heart and pastored my soul... ladies and gentlemen the clearest... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(the 3rd Annual 4 Corners Festival is well in the planning. I was asked to write an article about it for The Presbyterian Herald. Here is that article. It tells you what, at least I think, we are about and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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On Band Aid 30’s release the “Bregudgery Culture” as I call it went into full swing. From complaints that the song wasn’t as good as the original (we’re not talking about any intention to write Imagine or Stairway To Heaven... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(If anyone is around Fitzroy these days they will see the disruption as we renovate and extend our Halls complex to make them more contemporary and useful for the community we wish to serve in the name of Christ. At... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(I wrote this short reflection after Belfast artist Stephen Shaw's Urban Elements watercolours exhibition in Queen Street Studios - see it until December 5th 2014) The character of colours When faded and blurred Weather worn and beaten And never again... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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In recents weeks there have been various outbursts from our Northern Ireland politicians. Nothing new there I hear you say. You are sadly too right. Like the differences in dress code between the high street and a French beach there... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(This is an excerpt from my book, the 2005 Walk On updated version. As today's pop stars gather to record the 30th Anniversary Band Aid single Bono is the only survivor from 1984. His line, "Tonight, thank God it's them... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy, I will be preaching on the 5th M in Mark Greene's 6 secrets to being Fruitfulness On The Frontline. It is "being a Mouthpiece for Truth and Justice. We will be unpacking God's desire for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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It was so good to have Aaron Sorkin back on the television last night. My week will be all the better as a result and those I work with and work for. The Newsroom is my favourite piece of TV... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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In the extra DVD disc of Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions album Springsteen speaks about the difference between playing music making music. He is in his home studio with that carnival band of playing he used for that project. The brass... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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God is not in the war He didn’t drop the drones But he is there in the debris Among the screams and moans You still waken in the night The trauma reruns in your head Pungent stench of bloodied flesh... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(a poem based on a member of Fitzroy, Jack Mills, and the stories he told about the Battle Of Britain. I sneaked a few lines from the TV series Grantchester too... For his funeral Jack chose the hymn, Lead, Kindly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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For me Remembrance Day in Fitzroy will always remind me of John Mills who sat over to my right with all his medals. John had every right to wear them. He was a humble honest man who showed courage that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning in Fitzroy (11am) we will be doing TWO acts of Remembrance. We will use Leonard Cohen's "I see your flags on the marble arch/but love is not a victory march/it's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah" to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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WOODSTOCK (from Ladies Of The Canyon) Mitchell spoke of her being “god mad” when she wrote this going through “a born again phase” and looking for modern days miracles and finding them in the Woodstock dream. “We are stardust, we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE