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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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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be looking at faith in The Gospel According To Luke... the disciples are looking for increased faith... Jesus is saying if its small as a mustard seed it can do crazy things... and... Continue reading
Posted 15 minutes ago at SOUL SURMISE
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So, some of our MLAs on the hill are at it again. Like children in the playground there is a new row over the naming of a boat! DUP Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen has had a fisheries protection vessel’s Irish... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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Arnold Palmer. Muirfield 1973. I remember standing in his space. It is what I did as an 11 year old. I was an autograph hunter. You found your way to your heroes and then stood in front of them with... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(I wrote this poem/reflection for a wedding a few years ago. On Saturday, as I had the privilege of speaking at Ali and Gregg McKeown's wedding, I took their readings and their story and tweaked it to make it personal... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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U2 producer Daniel Lanois suggested that Bono wrote a Gospel song. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For was the result and when you hear the Harlem Gospel Choir version on Rattle and Hum you realise how successful Bono... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Listeners to my sermons, readers of this blog and converters with me over coffee will know that one of my favourite lines in the world and very very often repeated is Frederick Buechner’s definition of vocation; “where your deepest gladness... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be working under the title MONEY DOESN'T TALK, IT SWEARS. That Dylan quote seems appropriate as we delve into the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man and some damning prophetic words from... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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After Bono’s heavy involvement in Jubilee 2000 it was expected, by more than me, that some politics might make their way into the All That You Can’t Leave Behind album. When it came out there wasn’t so much. It was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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I remember the very second when I put the needle down on Gloria. It was my first seconds of hearing U2. Wow! It was like pumping an adrenaline rush right through my soul. Here was an explosion of spiritual rock... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Yahweh is an Old Testament name for the God of Israel and Judah. I have a masters in Theology, though it is in music and social transformation, so I could have gone looking for an explanation. In the end I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Every Breaking Wave is surely the best crafted song in the 40 years of U2. They had certainly taken their time perfecting it. It had been slated for No Line On The Horizon, had an outing or two on the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Bono once said that in the 80s U2 sang about what they believed in and in the 90s they sang about what they didn’t. As the new millennium broke with Beautiful Day U2 were back to what they did believe... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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(Fr Martin Magill and I were asked to write this piece for Community Relations Week and International Peace Day... might be published tomorrow!) “But we only had a cup of coffee.” That was our immediate response when we received the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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When How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb was released, Adam told Blender magazine that All Of Because Of You, “could be about God.” He wasn’t kidding! It could be about all kinds of people. It could be Bono’s dad who... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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JASON HARROD with special guest CHRIS WILSON OCTOBER 1st @ 7.30pm (doors 7pm) FITZROY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 77 University Street, BELFAST BT7 6HR £10 pay on door Jason Harrod lives in Brooklyn and his first trip to Northern Ireland sees him... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Falling At Your Feet is another of Bono’s solo ventures. Written with Daniel Lanois it first appeared on Lanois’ record Shine before appearing on the soundtrack for The Million Dollar Hotel under Bono and Daniel Lanois. It is full of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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What a great little band is how Paul McCartney describes The Beatles. Eight Days A Week more than proves his point. As the popularity grew, the audiences got bigger and the girls screams louder and more shrill it became more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Song For Someone is another of those beautifully crafted songs from Songs Of Innocence that can be played stripped down, like the piano version on the Deluxe version extra disc. It is for Ali. Bono explained on the Innocence &... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Window In The Skies was one of the previously unreleased tracks on U218 Singles in 2006. It came with an amazing video of 100 artists being spliced from he film archives to look as if they are all playing the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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It was December, 1982, U2 live at Belfast’s Maysfield Leisure Centre. Their third album, War, was slated for release the following March. In the midst of an energetic set, Bono told the crowd the next song was a new one... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy, Stockman takes on the hardest parable to understand in the entire New Testament. Luke 16: 1-13 is a tough ask. What on earth is Jesus on about? We will be looking at how to read... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Rattle and Hum was a film and record of U2 exploring the American music that fascinated them. It is hard to imagine it influenced Boy. The Ramones and Patti Smith were more immediate to them in their late teens. As... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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But all we did was have a cup of coffee. That is how my friend Fr Martin Magill and I reacted when we were surprised, if thrilled, to win this years Civic Leadership award from the Community Relations Council of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Moment Of Surrender is a big song in the U2 canon and I don’t just mean long as it weighs in at seven and a half minutes. It is a hybrid of One and Your Blue Room, meandering and moody,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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When Bono’s solo version of Hallelujah was released in 1995, on Tower Of Song: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen, it probably wasn’t Cohen’s best known song. It soon would be. Perhaps as a result of Jeff Buckley’s version released just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE