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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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“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 5 hours ago 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 yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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Listeners to my sermons, readers of this blog and converters with me over coffee will know that one of my favourite lines in the world and very very often repeated is Frederick Buechner’s definition of vocation; “where your deepest gladness... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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I am a hoarder and married a hoarder. Yikes! Yet, in recent years I have learned to let go. When we moved house a few years ago I finally looked at my 23 year collection of my favourite music magazines... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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What IF… We lived the grace we are blessed with And loved as we have been loved What would that look like in practice, not just thought? What IF… We repented and believed And turned our living right around What... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(to celebrate the 65th Birthday of Bruce Springsteen here is a playlist of cover versions of Bruce Springsteen songs. There is a thematic journey in my head but you might not notice... alienation towards redemption like Springsteen's life and songs!)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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I really got Bruce Springsteen around 1984. My mate Rab had been a fan for a long time and had even made the pilgrimage to England to see him live. The River certainly attracted my attention and I loved the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
On June 15th 2013 we in Fitzroy we hosted a Tearfund Fringe event to the big IF event that was happening that afternoon in Botanic Avenue. For many of us the Fringe event was the most powerful part of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning in Fitzroy (11pm) we will be getting into our new series on Fruitfulness On The Frontline. This series is asking how we can be salt and light on the sfrontlines of our lives, seeing work, home and Church... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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As Christians, we say we follow what the Bible teaches. We describe it as God’s Word, and we say it is inspired and authoritative. It talks about love and forgiveness, but it also prohibits eating shellfish and says that adulterers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Cedarwood Road is the song on Songs Of Innocence that brings some resolution. Actually this song is where salvation comes, in literal ways. Bono’s grief begins in Iris (Hold Me Close). The anger is ready to erupt on Volcano. Raised... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(this morning's Pause For Thought on BBC Radio 2 with Vanessa Feltz... The theme for the week is 'momentous decisions' but I couldn't mention the big vote!!!!!) I was 8 years of age. I look back now and think it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Part 1 - IRIS Part 2 - VOLCANO PART 3 - RAISED BY WOLVES If track 6 on Songs of Innocence is a Volcano about to blow then Raised By Wolves, that continues the heavy sinister sounds of this section... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“The excitement of possibility” is a phrase from a recent Ricky Ross interview. He is speaking about A New House, Deacon Blue’s seventh album, and these words are made flesh in a collection of songs that buzz with life and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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VOLCANO That post blues (read part 1 of this series here) is very real as the record moves into Volcano which erupts, literally, with Adam’s menacing bass groove and the young Paul Hewson’s emotions are ready to blow. In the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Breaking News… “Ian Paisley has passed away” … On hearing the news my mind went into a spin. As a pastor my first thought was for his wife and family. A little prayer for Jesus to be proven right when... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(Part one of a little series on what I perceive to be the hurting heart of U2's Songs Of Innocence album...) One of the things that stands out on this new U2 record is the personal raw emotion of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(This morning's Pause For Thought on Radio 2 with Vanessa Feltz... the them this week was Literature That Inspired You) I was on sabbatical in Vancouver in 2005. The minister of the Church I attended took ill and I had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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My friend Lisa Ho Face Booked photos of the iPhone 6 Launch. My first thought was… “it would be like U2 to use that to release their new record, totally out of the blue.” Next thing I am getting messages... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(Sunday September 14th 2014 at Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, Belfast... Gladys Ganiel in Conversation with Steve Stockman on Emerging Church...) So, I am live on the Drew Marshall Radio Show across Canada. It is by telephone. I am at home in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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How keen were you to get up this morning? What did the day, or indeed the week, laid out ahead of you make you feel? Is work a chore or somewhere you were racing to get to? Where you head... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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The title is very descriptive, a pastoral record of deep resonance. John Allen of a late evening is like the most comfortable rug to nestle into and just relax. This is an exceptionally beautiful collection of songs that revives the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Sinead O'Connor is always original and provocative and has that amazing voice that can never really go wrong. The lead off single, Take Me To Church, really took my attention this summer and is one of my songs of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be coming out of our year long series in The Gospel Of John. We will be reminding ourselves of Jesus intention at subjective and objective redemption, the forming of a new radical community... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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My friend Malcolm Lindsay sent me this independent release that he has been working on. Now if Malcolm touches something you can be sure it is going to be of the highest quality. He has worked with Deacon Blue, Willard... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE