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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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It is not good for the beautiful game to have created such an ugly way to dismiss their managers. What would it have been like to have been a member of the Moyes family yesterday with all the news outlets... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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It has been all over the internet. U2’s Window In The Skies made its mark on social media this Easter Sunday. It is brilliant with its, “The rule has been disproved, the stone it has been moved, The grave is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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When the most torturous darkest darkness dawns In the most soothing healing light And the mind so rattled settles In slow aftershock realignment of perspective When the eyes refocus to peer through the hours of looking away To be envisioned... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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After our amazing Passion Play in the Opera House Baby Grand on Friday night... Tomorrow morning in Fitzroy (11am) cannot come soon enough! Friday was a discomfortable day. Our hero, the one we put all our hope on, crucified. Yesterday... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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THE DAY BETWEEN (Easter Saturday) The great idea is buried We talk on the day between What we watched on Friday And a Sunday no one’s seen The world switched off the light And cracked the thin veneer It all... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(my script for Good Friday 2014's Darkness Til Dawn on BBC Radio Ulster... photo by Neil Craigan) play U2 - GRACE Grace She takes the blame She covers the shame Removes the stain Grace, the name for a girl and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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DISCOMFORTABLE FRIDAY - an Easter Poem Discomfortable Friday Discordant, distorted Everything is broken and sore Miserable Friday Misplaced, miscarried Everything in mourning and sorrow Heinous Friday Hellish and helpless Everything hopeless and forlorn Callous Friday Confused and contorted Everything abandoned... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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“I wanna love you, But something’s pulling me away from you Jesus is my virtue, Judas is the demon I cling to I cling to” - From Judas by Lady Gaga On this Maundy Thursday the whole thing takes a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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As we journey towards Easter weekend we might end up with what we are rmembering being so familiar that it loses its impact. Oh to be able to forget and experience it all for the first time. I wrote this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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READ: Matthew 21: 12-17 “Rise up shepherd, rise up Your flock has roamed far from the hills The stars have faded, the sky is still The angels are shouting "Glory Hallelujah" We've been traveling over rocky ground, rocky ground We've... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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"And You rode an ass's foal They spread their coats and cut down palms For You and Your donkey to walk upon But the world won't find what it thinks it wants On the back of an ass' foal, so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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What a game! The Premiership at its best, which isn’t a surprise in that City and Liverpool are the best two sides in the League. My feeling was that in games like this it is the team with the momentum... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) we will be celebrating Palm Sunday with a Family Service that will have the Sounds Good Orchestra back in the house. A gathering of our wonderful children, young people and a few adults will lift our worship... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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It was in May 1993. I was staying in a friends bedroom in Seattle and when I woke I reached out and pressed play on the cassette player… when David Wilcox’ Covert Wars came on I was hooked. A few... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Something happened. The hype (U2 fans, like what I did there?) was notching up. The band were everywhere. First, there was a convenient opening to get back in the game with a perfectly placed soundtrack song on The Mandela Movie,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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I am surmising another amazing week in the history of Ireland and Britain. The first ever state visit of the Irish President to Britain had Michael D. Higgins waxing lyrical about the new relationship between the countries. He said, "I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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God’s ear in the fields of plantation Wondering if your singing gets heard Reminding themselves of who their God is Carrying the stories of the Ancient word Believing in spite of the evidence Being oppressed and raped and renamed Somehow... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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I was moved like so many of us by the death of Peaches Geldof. The death of any 25 year old is always sad, the mother of young children even more so. Added to that for me is that Bob... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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In 2008 I sat in The Birmingham Country Club having a dinner, way outside my economic bracket and comfort zone. Don’t get me wrong, it was a beautiful meal and to pick up your sea food buffet while walking on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Philomena is still racing around my mind as a spiritually stimulating movie. In the first part of my review ( read it here...) I looked at the evangelistic work of Philomena on Martin Sixsmith. In this blog I want to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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I made an interesting decision... To NOT listen to The Head and The Heart’s album until after I had seen them at Calvin College. Let me hear it fresh and see if without knowledge of their songs they could hit…... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) at Fitzroy I will miss my people but Jonathan will take us onward in John... Jesus feet smell (like perfume) and so does the house he finds himself in... just like the perfume section of House of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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So it took a flight to America for me to get to see Philomena. Janice and I are not big cinema goers. Life in ministry is about people and evenings off are rare. Trying to add an evening out to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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On the week that Unionist politicians walked out of a Down District Council Meeting over the Irish language, the Queen has had a reception for 300 of the Irish community at Buckingham Palace. Is there something wrong with this picture?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“Love that will not betray you, dismay or enslave you, It will set you free Be more like the man, you were made to be There is a design, an alignment to cry, At my heart you see, the beauty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE