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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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The morning after purchasing the deluxe version of U2’s Songs Of Innocence I left my children to school and as I started the return journey pressed play on disc 2. In rumbled Lucifer’s Hands and 3 minutes and 55 seconds... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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NOVEMBER 2nd - PRAYING FOR FITZROY’S MISSIONAL FRONT LINES A prayer evening to concentrate on the implications of our current series of sermons on Fruitfulness On The Front Lines. We have a new Halls complex opening next year. We have... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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To all involved in inter-party talks, We are at a fragile time on our journey towards political and societal peace. We are in a impasse and there seems little warmth in relationship. We need generosity and imagination in your current... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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I heard last night on Breaking News on Sky Sports that Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa had been shot dead. Meyiwa was also goalkeeper and captain of the national team. For those who don’t know, the Orlando Pirates are one... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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I have used the opening gambit before. “I am praying you don’t have a good marriage!” Many will know that it comes from my old friend Rich Mullins. He used to sign autograph’s, “Be God’s” . He thought being good... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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I thought I heard the captain’s voice It's hard to listen while you preach Like every broken wave on the shore This was as far as I can reach Every Breaking Wave “And I’m a long way From your hill... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Last night Máirtín Ó Muilleoir became Sinn Fein’s MLA for South Belfast, the constituency I live in. When I heard the news I Tweeted him to tell him "I have been praying for that!" Though I have no committed political... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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With Jackson Browne you get what you get. There are no reinventions of electronica experimentations. Standing In The Breach is comfortably Jackson but don’t think that that is musically dull. For me Val McCallum’s guitar playing throughout plays the grace... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Last week we woke up to the tragic news of the death of 18 year old Queens University student Enda Doran. The musically gifted young an was hit by a van while returning to Queen’s Hall Of Residence. It happened... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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"You do not know What wars are going on down there Where the spirit meets the bone Down there where the spirit meets the bone Down there where the spirit meets the bone" Lucinda Williams new record Down Where The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning in Fitzroy (11am) we will be having a Family Service with a Harvest theme. Expect a little lost Nemo being found and a lot of Thanksgiving with some fresh worship from our neest young worship band! In the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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PERFORMANCES AND THEOLOGICAL THOUGHTS ON U2’S SONGS OF INNOCENCE SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9th 2014 @ 7pm FITZROY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (Free - with voluntary collection for building projects at Fitzroy and in Uganda) U2’s new record Songs Of Innocence is causing reaction... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“Take me to church I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife Offer me that deathless death Good God, let me give you my life” Hozier’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(click here to listen to the entire sermon) Grammar is full of verbs. I googled and found: Auxiliary verbs. Lexical Verbs. Dynamic Verbs. Stative Verbs. Finite Verbs. Non finite Verbs. Regular verbs. Irregular verbs. Transitive verbs. Intransitive verbs. Causative verbs.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“Ireland in the World Cup EIther North or South” - Snow Patrol - Lifening “I am a proud Northern Ireland fan but I love the Rep of Ireland too. I have no politics nor religion. Just love.” – Gary Lightbody... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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What are our politicians doing to mke Belfast a city at peace with itself? The Clonard/Fitzroy Fellowship thought it was a about time they were asked. So, on Wednesday October 15th at 7pm in Clonard Monastery we will start a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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There was a time when Stevie Nicks could do no wrong. When her Tom Petty written and Heartbreakers’ backed Stop Dragging My Heart Around launched her first solo record in 1981 she was the undisputed Queen of Rock and one... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we continue to look at our fruitfulness on the front lines of our lives. Our title is The Compelling Verb and we will be seeing how John Mayer got something right with his Love Is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(10:10... my birthday... my favourite verse (John 10:10) that has become almost a Fitzroy branding... it is World Mental Health Day... and we are in the middle of the NI Mental Health Art and Film Festival (check NIMHAFF events here)...... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(This is a shortened form of last Sunday's sermon 10:10 Work, part 3 of a series called Fruitfulness On The Frontline based on Mark Greene's book of the same name... listen to my 10:10 Work sermon here) If you haven’t... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“...Meanwhile little David takes his books off to school And learns of the times gone past And when it comes to questions he puts up his and There's something that he just wants to ask Please sir can you give... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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It is thirty years this week since Unforgettable Fire threw up a whole new U2. This is the only U2 record that I haven’t bought on the week of release since Boy and October is the only one I haven’t... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(I wrote this poem way back in the mid 90s about various people who touched my life at the time. None of them did extraordinary things but their ordinary lives were ifused with God in the detail. Yesterday in my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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"For it's a miracle how one soul finds another Just one miracle is all it took my brother And l will see them someday they'll walk again together l believe, l believe, this l believe, l believe” - from Strong... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be following our theme on Fruitfulness on the Frontline based on Mark Greene's book. Tomorrow it is Making Good Work or as I have named it 10:10 Work. Seeing our ordinary everyday places... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE