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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 wanna love you, But something’s pulling me away from you Jesus is my virtue, Judas is the demon I cling to I cling to” - From Judas by Lady Gaga On this Maundy Thursday the whole thing takes a... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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As we journey towards Easter weekend we might end up with what we are rmembering being so familiar that it loses its impact. Oh to be able to forget and experience it all for the first time. I wrote this... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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READ: Matthew 21: 12-17 “Rise up shepherd, rise up Your flock has roamed far from the hills The stars have faded, the sky is still The angels are shouting "Glory Hallelujah" We've been traveling over rocky ground, rocky ground We've... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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"And You rode an ass's foal They spread their coats and cut down palms For You and Your donkey to walk upon But the world won't find what it thinks it wants On the back of an ass' foal, so... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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What a game! The Premiership at its best, which isn’t a surprise in that City and Liverpool are the best two sides in the League. My feeling was that in games like this it is the team with the momentum... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) we will be celebrating Palm Sunday with a Family Service that will have the Sounds Good Orchestra back in the house. A gathering of our wonderful children, young people and a few adults will lift our worship... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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It was in May 1993. I was staying in a friends bedroom in Seattle and when I woke I reached out and pressed play on the cassette player… when David Wilcox’ Covert Wars came on I was hooked. A few... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Something happened. The hype (U2 fans, like what I did there?) was notching up. The band were everywhere. First, there was a convenient opening to get back in the game with a perfectly placed soundtrack song on The Mandela Movie,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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I am surmising another amazing week in the history of Ireland and Britain. The first ever state visit of the Irish President to Britain had Michael D. Higgins waxing lyrical about the new relationship between the countries. He said, "I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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God’s ear in the fields of plantation Wondering if your singing gets heard Reminding themselves of who their God is Carrying the stories of the Ancient word Believing in spite of the evidence Being oppressed and raped and renamed Somehow... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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I was moved like so many of us by the death of Peaches Geldof. The death of any 25 year old is always sad, the mother of young children even more so. Added to that for me is that Bob... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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In 2008 I sat in The Birmingham Country Club having a dinner, way outside my economic bracket and comfort zone. Don’t get me wrong, it was a beautiful meal and to pick up your sea food buffet while walking on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Philomena is still racing around my mind as a spiritually stimulating movie. In the first part of my review ( read it here...) I looked at the evangelistic work of Philomena on Martin Sixsmith. In this blog I want to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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I made an interesting decision... To NOT listen to The Head and The Heart’s album until after I had seen them at Calvin College. Let me hear it fresh and see if without knowledge of their songs they could hit…... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) at Fitzroy I will miss my people but Jonathan will take us onward in John... Jesus feet smell (like perfume) and so does the house he finds himself in... just like the perfume section of House of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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So it took a flight to America for me to get to see Philomena. Janice and I are not big cinema goers. Life in ministry is about people and evenings off are rare. Trying to add an evening out to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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On the week that Unionist politicians walked out of a Down District Council Meeting over the Irish language, the Queen has had a reception for 300 of the Irish community at Buckingham Palace. Is there something wrong with this picture?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“Love that will not betray you, dismay or enslave you, It will set you free Be more like the man, you were made to be There is a design, an alignment to cry, At my heart you see, the beauty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“If you're down and confused And you don't remember who you're talking to Concentration slips away Because your baby is so far away Well there's a rose in a fisted glove And the eagle flies with the dove And if... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will look at the Fitzroy brand 10:10... which comes from John 10 v 10, "I have come that they have life and life in all its fullness." We will look at the Good Shepherd... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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WEDNESDAY MARCH 26th - 7:00pm in the UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON CHAPEL THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO… MUMFORD AND SONS Whatever the label that they want or don't want to put of their music it is difficult not to label Mumford &... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“Love; it will not betray you Dismay or enslave you, it will set you free Be more like the man you were made to be And there is a design, an alignment to cry Of my heart to see, The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“The structure of certain Irish dances makes it impossible not to come face to face with everybody else on the floor at some time in the evening. Then it’s harder to maintain a feud after you’ve been dancing together.” This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“It seems that all my bridges have been burned, But you say that’s exactly how this grace thing works It’s not the long walk home that will change this heart, But the welcome I receive with the restart” From Mumford... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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A seed was sown With a simple bow Where we remembered our heroes She said the time has come now She laid her wreath With dignity and grace An eloquent silence And softness in her face She lowered her head... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE