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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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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 2 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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A few years ago I flirted with Spoon’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga record but forgot about them. There brand new album The Want My Soul has, on there eighth record, got everything they have ever been about and tried... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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"I can work the scene babe I can see the magazines l can hear the nation I can hear the nation cry You will set the world babe You will set the world on fire You will set it on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(My remixed my Bigger Picture Benediction for the BIG IF... Fringe event with Tear Fund in Fitzroy in 2013...) God give us faith to believe the big ask And the right at times to shout why God give us joy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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In August 1994 I returned to live in Belfast after three very enjoyable years in Dublin. In those three years things had been violent and bloody in Northern Ireland. There was a period where murder and indeed multiple murder was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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My summer novels this year were all wonderful stories by crafted writers and by the time I got to the final pages of Jan Carson’s debut I realised how similar they all were in their exposure of human faultlines, foibles,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
“Oh I am a lonely painter I live in a box of paints I'm frightened by the devil And I'm drawn to those ones that ain't afraid I remember that time that you told me, you said Love is touching... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Sir Alex Ferguson was a genius. I have said that more than once on my blog and every time it hurts! Yet it is true and the evidence becomes clearer every single week as the United team that he cantered... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Male songwriters are two a penny these days and so Londoner Luke Sital-Singh has a bit of a challenge to break into the pack. Well… he does. What Singh does is to mix a fascinating blend that gives him his... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Fishermen working on the quay As the birds claim their boats The nightshift heading out to sea To drop their night time floats The gulls around the trawler Don’t care where from or to Just the feast of what’s on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(This prayer was written for this morning's service in Fitzroy following a sermon on Jesus encounter with the Samritan woman at the well (John 4) inspired by Tom Petty's song Fault Lines... a short summary is the previous blog to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“See those fault lines Lay down like land mines It's hard to relax A promise broken The ground breaks open Love falls through the cracks And I've got a few of my own I've got a few of my own... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Just how sensational is that blue The one made by these light beams Not the darker cathartic kind That soothes the bluesman’s bad dreams This ones made by the evening sun Setting low above the town Just two hours before... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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On the first day of our family vacation we heard the news of Flight MH17 being blown out of the sky over Ukraine... For the next day I conjured the tragedy in my head and as I often do I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Northern Ireland had the blessing of having this young American songwriter dwelling among us for the last few years. Sadly he has left for America’s west coast with his lovely wife, son, a Belfast acquired degree in Theology and this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE