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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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I thought I heard the captain’s voice It's hard to listen while you preach Like every broken wave on the shore This was as far as I can reach Every Breaking Wave “And I’m a long way From your hill... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Last night Máirtín Ó Muilleoir became Sinn Fein’s MLA for South Belfast, the constituency I live in. When I heard the news I Tweeted him to tell him "I have been praying for that!" Though I have no committed political... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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With Jackson Browne you get what you get. There are no reinventions of electronica experimentations. Standing In The Breach is comfortably Jackson but don’t think that that is musically dull. For me Val McCallum’s guitar playing throughout plays the grace... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Last week we woke up to the tragic news of the death of 18 year old Queens University student Enda Doran. The musically gifted young an was hit by a van while returning to Queen’s Hall Of Residence. It happened... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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"You do not know What wars are going on down there Where the spirit meets the bone Down there where the spirit meets the bone Down there where the spirit meets the bone" Lucinda Williams new record Down Where The... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning in Fitzroy (11am) we will be having a Family Service with a Harvest theme. Expect a little lost Nemo being found and a lot of Thanksgiving with some fresh worship from our neest young worship band! In the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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PERFORMANCES AND THEOLOGICAL THOUGHTS ON U2’S SONGS OF INNOCENCE SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9th 2014 @ 7pm FITZROY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (Free - with voluntary collection for building projects at Fitzroy and in Uganda) U2’s new record Songs Of Innocence is causing reaction... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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“Take me to church I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife Offer me that deathless death Good God, let me give you my life” Hozier’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(click here to listen to the entire sermon) Grammar is full of verbs. I googled and found: Auxiliary verbs. Lexical Verbs. Dynamic Verbs. Stative Verbs. Finite Verbs. Non finite Verbs. Regular verbs. Irregular verbs. Transitive verbs. Intransitive verbs. Causative verbs.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“Ireland in the World Cup EIther North or South” - Snow Patrol - Lifening “I am a proud Northern Ireland fan but I love the Rep of Ireland too. I have no politics nor religion. Just love.” – Gary Lightbody... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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What are our politicians doing to mke Belfast a city at peace with itself? The Clonard/Fitzroy Fellowship thought it was a about time they were asked. So, on Wednesday October 15th at 7pm in Clonard Monastery we will start a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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There was a time when Stevie Nicks could do no wrong. When her Tom Petty written and Heartbreakers’ backed Stop Dragging My Heart Around launched her first solo record in 1981 she was the undisputed Queen of Rock and one... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we continue to look at our fruitfulness on the front lines of our lives. Our title is The Compelling Verb and we will be seeing how John Mayer got something right with his Love Is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(10:10... my birthday... my favourite verse (John 10:10) that has become almost a Fitzroy branding... it is World Mental Health Day... and we are in the middle of the NI Mental Health Art and Film Festival (check NIMHAFF events here)...... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(This is a shortened form of last Sunday's sermon 10:10 Work, part 3 of a series called Fruitfulness On The Frontline based on Mark Greene's book of the same name... listen to my 10:10 Work sermon here) If you haven’t... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“...Meanwhile little David takes his books off to school And learns of the times gone past And when it comes to questions he puts up his and There's something that he just wants to ask Please sir can you give... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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It is thirty years this week since Unforgettable Fire threw up a whole new U2. This is the only U2 record that I haven’t bought on the week of release since Boy and October is the only one I haven’t... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(I wrote this poem way back in the mid 90s about various people who touched my life at the time. None of them did extraordinary things but their ordinary lives were ifused with God in the detail. Yesterday in my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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"For it's a miracle how one soul finds another Just one miracle is all it took my brother And l will see them someday they'll walk again together l believe, l believe, this l believe, l believe” - from Strong... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be following our theme on Fruitfulness on the Frontline based on Mark Greene's book. Tomorrow it is Making Good Work or as I have named it 10:10 Work. Seeing our ordinary everyday places... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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If U2 have just released the most theological record of the year (it really is drenched in Christian thought made lyric) Leonard Cohen has made one of the most spiritual. To celebrate his 80th Birthday Cohen has produced a record... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(script from BBC Radio 2 Pause For Thought on the theme of atonement...) Vanessa… as you know the theme for Pause For Thought this week is Atonement… and believe it or not that word has had me thinking back to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Grace is a double reflex. It is like the Olympic swimmer who at the same time as he touches the wall at the turn he pushes himself off the wall for the next length. When the Christian is welcomed into... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“October And the trees are stripped bare Of all they wear What do I care October And kingdoms rise And kingdoms fall But you go on.” From October by U2 Perhaps U2’s first moment of controlled and crafted genius, Edge’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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The Ryder Cup! What drama; on and off the course. This is golf in a different universe. Players can go for shots that they can’t dare hit in stroke play. Players can cheer with the crowd in partisan ways that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE