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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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Today, friends started posting photos of Delorean cars on social media. What gives? Well, it appears that it is the 35th Anniversary of the making of the iconic car and many owners have traveled across the world to celebrate in... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at SOUL SURMISE
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“We live in a state of constant semi attention to the sound of voices, music, traffic, or the generalized noise of the happenings around us.” - Thomas Merton It is one of my earliest remembered mantras. My mum would say... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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“What good am I if I say foolish things And I laugh in the face of what sorrow brings And I just turn my back while you silently die What good am I?” It is not often I get to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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“'Cause I'll know my weakness, know my voice And I believe in grace and choice And I know perhaps my heart is fast, But I’ll be born without a mask” - From Babel by Mumford & Sons I love these... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Yesterday, something truly spectacular happened and my favourite Scottish football team that I have followed since I was 8 years old won the Scottish Cup… for the first time in 114 years. Yip, since the year my Grandmother was born!... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) we have a Family Service. It'll be shorter and Stockman will tell story in the most dramatic of way. What hat do we need to ear to live life 10:10... with help from Max Lucado. A few... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(photo: Paul Bowman) I remember a day 1983, walking through Belfast’s Corn market with 68 Guns in my Caroline Records bag. The Alarm were being talked about in the same sentence as U2. Declaration appeared and ticked all my earnest... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Graham Nash has this voice that is like grace and comfort. It is the perfect vehicle to lay out some of life’s serious questions in an introspective record about life and death and love and heartache. This Path Tonight is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(This morning we celebrate Iain Archer's Ivor Novello Award with James Bay. It is his second Novello! Though his writing and production with Bay, Jake Bugg, Snow Patrol, Steve Mason etc is where his main recognition has been, his solo... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(This morning we celebrate Iain Archer's Ivor Novello Award with James Bay. It is his second Novello! Though his writing and production with Bay, Jake Bugg, Snow Patrol, Steve Mason etc is where his main recognition has been, his solo... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(This morning we celebrate Iain Archer's Ivor Novello Award with James Bay. It is his second Novello! Though his writing and production with Bay, Jake Bugg, Snow Patrol, Steve Mason etc is where his main recognition has been, his solo... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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20 years ago today I married my soul mate and wrote these words... It hasn't been that hard work... it has been a great adventure... and we are still up for the hard work of tomorrow... Happy anniversary Janice... I... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Twenty years ago today I married this amazing lady, beautiful and good looking too! When I try to write a new poem about my love for her I can never do any better than this. I wrote it back around... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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For U2’s only European gig of 1986 I did a 22 hour day. I remember Andy Anthony and I getting up for a 6.30am bus to Dublin and getting home at 4am the next morning. U2 were not the only... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Oh my goodness this is so good! At last Foy Vance has fulfilled all that potential. This is one of the great Northern Ireland records and might well lead to Vance becoming one of the great Northern Ireland artists across... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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My friend Doug Gay sent me this Pentecost prayer this morning and I had to use it in our worship. Wonderful stuff... I was already intending to use this Bruce Cockburn lyric for his song Hills of Morning: - Let... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Personally I found it incredibly emotional. In the very heart of the Assembly buildings at Stormont we called out every single MLA by name and prayed for them. There were names of people I know and have worked with on... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning in Fitzroy (11am) we will be remembering Pentecost under the title HERE COMES THE FUTURE. What a day. God comes by his Holy Spirit in a whole new way. The Church is birthed. The times are interrupted with... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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This week’s heavy theme of Mental Health Awareness had me reaching for songs. Songs are a great sense of solace to me. They are my go to place when my soul is down and I am seeking spiritual refuge. Now... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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The change might seem minuscule but change there was and it gives me a real sense of hope that Northern Irish politics has turned a corner. Though a lazy glance at the statistics might suggest that last week’s Assembly elections... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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As the Father has sent me, I am sending you Go in to a world that is divided - with forgiveness Go in to a world that is broken - with healing Go in to a world that is hungry... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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In the morning (11am) we are packing it in... Bono will sing Psalm 23 and Eugene Peterson will talk about a world full of crosses (just to clarify... on a video of them both chatting about The Psalms, NOT in... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Britishness or not being British is at the very heart of where I live, here in Northern Ireland. If you drive through Belfast there are places where you might feel they are celebrating the Queen’s Silver, Golden or Diamond Jubilee... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Here's my song for this week's election. I wrote these lyrics late last year at a difficult time in our political processes. I sent it to Jonny Fitch to see what he might do with them. He's done a splendid... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Leicester City are Premier League Champions! It is very hard to take in. It has been described as the greatest ever sporting achievement. It is a wonderful thing for football. Even those who pride themselves in having absolutely no interest... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE