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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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The Gospel According To... Series came about, as many good ideas, by accident. During my days as a Chaplain we raised thousands of pounds to take students to South Africa to volunteer with Habitat For Humanity. At the launch of... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at SOUL SURMISE
Our friend Lindsay Emerson passed from this earth eight years ago today... Here is one of my poems of the time...in tribute... be inspired! Girl on the edge of the photograph Who always seemed so distracted The gift of your... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Last week saw the launch of Sinn Fein's book Uncomfortable Conversations. It is a collection of articles under that title that have appeared over the past few years in the An Phoblacht newspaper. The strap line is An Initiative For... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Last week I was at the launch of Uncomfortable Conversations, a collection of contributions under that title in the Sinn Fein newspaper An Phoblacht. As former President of the Methodist Church, Heather Morris, pointed out in her speech at the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(I used this poem/prayer this morning after we read the first Psalm of Ascent (Psalm 120) in our new sermon series. It is a pastoral prayer for a community of faith always under pressure...) DRAGGED THROUGH THE DAYS OF A... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Soul Surmise readers will know that I am minister of Fitzroy Presbyterian Church on University Street close to Belfast city centre. Here is news of our 10:10 Building Fund and our developments in south Belfast and in Uganda. If you... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy I will be starting a new sermon series on the Psalms of Ascent. During Lent we were journeying through the Travel Narratives of Luke. As they came near Jerusalem and particularly on Palm Sunday I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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In the last week I have worried and prayed and followed the news of Irish student Karen Buckley’s disappearance in Glasgow. As a father I tried to imagine the pain that her parents and family were going through. The discovery... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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I come to most of the music that I listen to as a Church pastor (my day job) and what has been termed a theo-musicologist (my hobby of writing about that place where God and music interconnect). Song of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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All Growed Up is Tony Macauley’s third book on his growing up from a twelve year old Paperboy to a mid teens Breadboy and, in this volume, to a University going All Growed Up boy! I have to admit I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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On February 14 and 15 this year we commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the Allies Bombing of Dresden during the Second World War. The BBC did a television interview with a World War Two veteran Victor Gregg. Victor had been... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Yesterday threw up a fascinating musical juxtaposition. The Stockmans went for a quick ballet point shoes buying trip to Dublin. Post purchase my three girls wanted to explore Henry Street malls and as we walked I was reminded of Dublin’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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On our journey with U2 through the Passion of the Christ we found ourselves, yesterday, between the events of the Resurrection and the hopeful Biblical yearning for the Second Coming of Jesus, what the last book of the New Testament... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Back in 1981 I remember being right at the front of the Ulster Hall throwing my school scarf to touch Mark Kopfler’s guitar during a guitar solo; myth would have it being during Sultans Of Swing but I can’t quite... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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T-Bone Burnett has sent Ms Giddens, from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, global by including her in The Basement Tapes band project as well as the live concert release of Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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The day after the joy of Resurrection Sunday. What then? After the exhilaration of yesterday. The belief. The reinvigorated hope. This is where U2's I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For comes into its own. Of course, alongside With... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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So, yesterday we left Jesus lying dead in a tomb. The disciples running and hiding and losing all faith in their disillusioned confusion. U2 were shouting Wake Up Dead Man which at least had more hope than Peter, James and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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When the most torturous darkest darkness dawns In the most soothing healing light And the mind so rattled settles In slow aftershock realignment of perspective When the eyes refocus to peer through the hours of looking away To be envisioned... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Empty now, the tomb. Empty the sting of death Empty the devil's evil stare Empty the sickly sweet venomous breath Empty the serpent's lying whisper Empty hell's expectant womb Empty the grace where your loved one lies Empty now, the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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After a silence inducing journey through Easter week and an intense and gripping walk right into the heart of Jesus Passion story on Friday night... Fitzroy returns on Easter Sunday morning (11am) when we will have another reflective time around... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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THE DAY BETWEEN (Easter Saturday) The great idea is buried We talk on the day between What we watched on Friday And a Sunday no one’s seen The world switched off the light And cracked the thin veneer It all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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Christians, at least in my experience, are not sure what to do with that day inbetween. For well over an entire day Jesus is in a tomb. The dream seems over. Hope is dead. If there was ever a song... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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(John 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.) IT IS FINISHED It is finished, but still we feel this guilt It is finished, but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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The bomb debris across a market town Alabama trees with their strange fruit Auschwitz poignant sad sacred ground Covered in blood Apartheid’s ignorant and arrogant oppression Suicide bombers in the New York skies And vengeful acts of cold naked aggression... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE
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“I want to go, to the foot of Mount Zion To the foot of He who made me see To the side of a hill blood was spilt We were filled with a love And we're going to be there... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at SOUL SURMISE