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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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So… it is over. Two series over two years and the suspense is done. We can walk the streets of south Belfast without feeling the fear anymore. The Fall has been a phenomenon. I am not sure I have ever... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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(Asked to speak at Fitzroy PW Christmas dinner this year I took the Presbyterian Church In Ireland's PW theme for the year, about sending, and looked for that theme in the nativity story...) An angel was sent To break to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Rory McIlroy not winning Sports Personality of the Year is certainly an embarrassment to the BBC and the prestigious name of the award if not a slight on the entire nation! It was a shock to the sporting world, I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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I had the privilege of taking part in the wedding of Michael O’Halloran and Ciara Hickey this last weekend. They had crafted a service that was filled with wonderful truth to wrap their vows in. They followed the reading of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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This one is a wee hidden gem. The quirky Canadian Siberry is best known no doubt for Calling All Angels that has graced many a movie soundtrack most poignantly the climax of Pay It Forward. This is a double album... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Horslips were the biggest Irish band in Ireland in the seventies fusing folk and rock like no one had done before or since. Drive The Cold Winter Away is their most acoustic album. It is very folky, very Gaelic and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Bob Dylan’s Christmas album has been a talking point in Bobdom for some time. When one of my best Bob fans dismissed it I didn’t rush to acquire. How wrong he is and I was! “How does it feel?” is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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I have a recurring bee in my bonnet that Christmas is for all the year round and that it must have taken the devil to cause us to confine the richness of its incarnational theology to a few weeks in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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This is 2014's Christmas album treat. Former Red House Painter and Sun Kil Moon mainman Mark Kozelek is pretty prolific these days and so adds his melancholy lo fi genius to all the carols and a few other seasonal gems;... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Two releases that make up 10 CDs worth of Sufjan Stevens genius but quirky take on the Christmas season. There is nothing like an old Carol and these are nothing like old Carols. Stevens imaginative instrumentation and eccentricity breathes life,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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The genius of Over The Rhine’s Christmas records is not just that they put the emotions and stories of the rest of the year into the Christmas story, it is that they also put the Christmas story into the rest... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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LOW – CHRISTMAS Low’s beautiful slow core sparseness directed at the Christmas season is a match made in the heaven from where the baby came down from. There are carols like Silent Night which they make sound like a lullaby... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“We stayed awake one starry night Just to watch the sky turn and change and aim” Ricky Ross is the Songwriter Laureate of Christmas. Yes, last year Deacon Blue made a Christmas single You’ll Know It’s Christmas but Ross has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Last night in Fitzroy one of our missionaries was sharing about life in South Africa and spoke of the hold that ancestor worship has over the people. Our missionaries have adopted a child and when they were going through the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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To sing O Come O Come Emmanuel We need to be careful what we sing for What we pray for There is the great caress Of God with us… Throwing his arms of grace around us Finding us Loving us... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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You’ve seen it in the Christmas Sainsbury’s TV campaign and you will hear it trying to take on the X Factor winner to make the Christmas Number 1 single. On Tuesday night (December 9th) you can go and watch the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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I love The Killers. I love their rock pop bounce and soaring stadium pleasing choruses. I connect with Brandon Flowers’ spiritual content. He might be Mormon but boy do we shake hands on a lot of theological stuff. Which bring... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Last night the Clonard Fitzroy Fellowship welcomed Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt to Clonard Monastery. We in the Fellowship are seeking to invite all our political parties to come along and tell us what they feel they are contributing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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December 1st always has me back in Cape Town, remembering the people, the families and the Churches living with HIV AIDS. JL Zwane Church in Guguletu have an AIDS section to their service every week finishing with a spiritually emotional... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be lighting our first Advent Candle and also remembering that December 1st is World Aids Day, Jonny Mitchell from ACET will share a little about HIV AIDS. We will then be finishing our... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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This is sensational what ever way you look at it. Steve Taylor the prophetic rebel poet laureate of Christian rock in the 80s and 90s releases his first record in 21 years. The Perfect Foil is like a super group;... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Fitzroy’s Gospel According To… Series has been running for five years. It started pretty much as a rock music thing with U2, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, The Waterboys, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and the political provocative Christy Moore.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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It was a moment of devastating grace. The moment was freeze framed in my mind. The powerful impact of honesty and selflessness was tangible. I asked why were such moments not more common. Where in my life was I causing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Over The Rhine’s third Christmas album is not another great Christmas album. It is another great album - period. The review is blogged here but I want to concentrate on one line that left the rest of the brilliance and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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The genius of Over The Rhine’s Christmas records is not just that they put the emotions and stories of the rest of the year into the Christmas story, it is that they also put the Christmas story into the rest... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE