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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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Robben Island sits off the coast of Cape Town. It’s a beautiful spot with lots of wildlife and stunning views back to across the sea to Table Mountain but it is has a history of brutality and captivity. Lepers and... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at SOUL SURMISE
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The Refugee crisis is not going away. Many have warned us that this would be the case. Today Northern Ireland welcomed 14 more families including 20 children BUT earlier in the week the UK Parliament voted against welcoming 3000 refugee... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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There is that provocative moment at the end of Jim Carey’s film The Truman Show. Truman has been born on a TV set, a soap opera built around him, where everyone in his life is an actor and where they... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Yer a quare brave man, Brian Houston! Albums of Irish traditional songs have been done before and when you go this road you are immediately competing with Van Morrison and Brian Kennedy. Well, as usual Houston more than holds his... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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On Friday night I had a decision to make. Should I prepare Sunday's sermon or should I go and hear author Marilynne Robinson in my neighbouring McCracken Church. Little did I know that I could do both. Marilynne was the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(The theme they gave me for this morning's Pause For Thought was Care For the Earth... This is a fuller script than the one appropriate for Radio 2) I have a friend who is an environmental crusader but also professes... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Prince was an artist who intrigued me and whose genius and influence I respected but who I never was fan of. The funk and dance that blended with rock to make that Minneapolis Sound just pushed Prince out of my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Their hands shook History felt the tremors Forgetting deep hurt Where everyone remembers And did memory stab That boat on the ocean As her courage broke Through her heart’s emotion Their eyes connect Like wires to detonate Blow up the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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The phrase Recovering Sectarian was coined by my predecessor at Fitzroy, Ken Newell, whose memoir Captured By A Vision is out this week. My friend Rhoda McClure took the idea and put it on a Norn Iron Tees shirt. Last... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Over the next eight weeks in Fitzroy’s evening programme we will be looking at four key books in understanding social, spiritual and political context that we live in in N. Ireland. APRIL 24th in FITZROY at 7pm DAVID MITCHELL Politics... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Chatting on a car journey across Ohio and Indiana last week, my ex-intern-in-law (he married my former intern Hannah!) made commentary on Lord of the Rings - “we need Hobbits not heroes.” If this trip had been given a title... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Kye was the very last question and comment. Fr Martin Magill and I had travelled across three American States in the midwest, speaking from podiums, classes and small groups in four Universities, preaching in Church, planning in cafes, doing improv... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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I am just back from Calvin College in Grand Rapids where I enjoyed a Mountain Goats concert as well as the Festival of Faith & Writing. This blog was inspired by my last trip there in 2014 and by serendipity... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Yesterday morning Fr Martin Magill and I found ourselves preaching tag team in Terra Nova Community Church in Delaware, Ohio. We were asked to speak about “hurting people’ and the “I am the Good Shepherd…” description of Jesus in John... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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At the close of our Chapel address in Taylor University this morning Fr Martin Magill and I shared this sending prayer that I wrote for the occasion, a longer version of my Communion sending prayer in Fitzroy last Sunday. We... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Don’t want to die in a Super 8 Motel Just because somebody’s evening didn’t go so well If I ever get back to Dayton (Bristol) I’m better off sleeping in a county jail Don’t want to die in a super... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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On the day that we remember the death of Dr Martin Luther King I was drawn back to this section of my chapter on Bob Dylan in my 2003 book The Rock Cries out... it critiques the white Church... urges... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Here is the article that Fr Martin Magill and I wrote for Our Story of Healing, Honouring and Hope... the 100 Days Prayer for 100 years of History magazine... OUT NOW! STEVE: - Fr Martin and I were at a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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MAGILL AND STOCKMAN U.S. TOUR 2016 THURSDAY APRIL 7th - TAYLOR UNIVERSITY, UPLAND, IN 7.00pm Cornwall Auditorium: How Music Can Nourish The Soul - Steve on the spiritual transformational power of songs. FRIDAY APRIL 8th - TAYLOR UNIVERSITY, UPLAND, IN... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be following Good Friday Cafe Communion... On Friday we declared that something was over... complete as Jesus cried "IT IS FINISHED!" "Enmity is finished... bring on the love Sin is finished... bring on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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photo: Neil Craigan DISCOMFORTABLE FRIDAY Discomfortable Friday Discordant, distorted Everything is broken and sore Miserable Friday Misplaced, miscarried Everything in mourning and sorrow Heinous Friday Hellish and helpless Everything hopeless and forlorn Callous Friday Confused and contorted Everything abandoned and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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DONKEY RIDE - RICKIE LEE JONES Were you there When they crucified my Lord Were you there When they crucified my Lord Oh, oh, oh Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble Were you there when they crucified my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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When some cool high street barista asks for your name with your coffee order have you ever found that they misheard you and called you something weird. Or have you ever given a weird name. It seems that Richard Ashcroft... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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The bombings in Brussels is another reminder of the different kind of war we are involved in, whether we want to be or not, in these early decades of the twenty first century. It is heart breaking and frightening. Our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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“It is also important to reflect and look back at what happened in 1916, but she argues people living in 2016 also want to look forward, and make sure those events remain in the past. She thinks we are on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE