This is Stocki's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Stocki's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
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, peace and reconciliation, social justice, sport...
Recent Activity
Image
It was late August 1992. It was in a tent in a field. It was the first night of Greenbelt. Pip Wilson and Martin Wroe were doing their The Very Stinking Late Show. As ever the first night had the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
Image
(photo: Giants Ring by Lorna Matthews) For many years I have dreaded November. It just seems to have always brought disorientation, struggle and trials. This year more than ever, with the loss of my mum and my dad going into... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
Image
It can’t have been easy. You are the humble, quiet village carpenter, respected for your work and life and your fiancée tells you that she is pregnant. She then tries to tell you that she has not been unfaithful but... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
Image
(photo: Holding Granny's Hand by Jasmine Stockman 28.11.16) The entwined clasp of love Like an answered prayer somehow In the beginning I held your hand in the end, you hold my hand now. - Antrim Area Hospital, November 27th 2016 Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
Image
The last week has been a numbing whirlwind. I sit here typing in the calm after a very heartbreaking storm. I am trying to be still… The Psalmist calls us to be still and know that God is there. I... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
Image
“Santa Claus is comin' and the kids are gettin' greedy It's Christmas time They know what's in the stores 'cause they seen it on the TV It's Christmas time, it's Christmas time It used to be the birthday of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
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 29, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
The Christmas music has started... everywhere! So you will need a little discerning healthy tunes of soul for the Advent season... It is probably time for Deacon Blue to collect all their Christmas songs into an album... Until they do...... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
I wrote this one afternoon at one of our favourite north coast haunts; Murlough Bay. Being winter the trees stood out. Without their leaves, they looked like little sketches. I imagined their shaping by the wind off the sea, years... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
How thrilled was I, as the minister of Fitzroy, that our wee Welcome Area venue played host to Sofar Belfast last night. Sofar is a fascinating global phenomenon invading secret venues with great music in 291 cities across the world.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
Thank you for the way you make your light to shine In between the shadows in the back of my mind Thank you for the children and the love I've found Thank you from my heart, thank you from my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
I have always found the challenge of following Jesus to be one that needs courage; if we live it out it is bound to lead us into danger. Attempting to follow Jesus in the midst of Northern Ireland’s divided and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
I love CS Lewis’s Magician’s Nephew. It is the first venture into Narnia and this journey was not through the Wardrobe but by magic rings transporting Polly and Digory through a manky pool into this big new world. Even better... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
This was an array of thoughts on Bruce Cockburn, mystery and faith as much as a review of his 2006 album Life's Short, Call Now. Written in the context of the mystical scenic beauty of Cape Town it does express... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
Let me to dangle myself over the firey pit of heresy… many will not be surprised! I am disillusioned by our evangelical theology of salvation! Actually I am disillusioned that our great theology of salvation that is so poorly worked... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
Way back around 1993 I was leaving my office on Lower Abbey Street in Dublin. My office was at the back of the Ormond Quay & Scots Church and on a Tuesday they hired out the hall for keep fit.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be launching our new 10:10 Mission Booklet that informs the congregation about the vast amount of mission programmes going on and how to offer your services. In The Lectionary I will be coming... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
Speaking at Catalyst Live 2016 Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, said something very simple, obvious almost, and yet utterly profound and not at all as obvious in our living. Sam suggested that we are a society and a church... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
I started dabbling in poetry at maybe 12 or 13. There had been a guy in Primary School who wrote and I guess the creative aspect of it appealed to me. I couldn’t sing or paint. Maybe I could rhyme... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
TEMPLE, WARS AND TRUMP... FINDING HOPE This Sunday morning (11am) in Fitzroy we find ourselves in the Revised Common Lectionary reading of Luke 21:5-19. How perfectly timed, the Lectionary... as we read this and ponder it... on Remembrance Sunday, 100... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
“Something’s happening and you don’t know what it is, do you Mr Jones.” Bob Dylan’s Ballad Of A Thin Man, that described the revolution of the 60s, came to my mind as I went to bed at 2am, convinced that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
To get you through a nervous day... Common - Letter To The Free Bob Dylan - Political World Buffalo Springfield - For What It’s Worth Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA Tom Petty - Saving Grace Larry Norman -... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
"When They close down the last shopping Mall Crickets will sing through crumbling walls Termites will eat through the doors As rabbits hop round the shop floors…" We are hard on ourselves but love ourselves with things that our killing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
In the morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be looking at a quite bizarre encounter between Jesus and the Sadducees about marriage and resurrection... marrying your brother's widow multiplied by 7 could see the family home in heaven looking a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
Image
The credits of Ron Howard’s brilliant documentary of The Beatles’ American tours, Eight Days a Week, were hardly finished when I thought, “I cannot wait for Steve Turner’s new book.” Howard set up many of the questions that Turner could... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE