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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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For many weeks there has been a sense of doom. Anyone I had spoken to who was close to the events of parades and politics were prophesying the unravelling of our peace process. The tensions in places of contentious parades... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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It is finished, but still we feel this guilt It is finished, but still we feel enslaved It is finished, but still we feel alone It is finished, but still we feel unloved It is finished, but still we feel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy I will preach my last sermon before my holidays and my last sermon in our series on The Gospel According To John. We are still lingering around Pilate and Jesus stand off and tomorrow morning... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Today many in Northern Ireland will claim their loyalty to the Queen in drums, tunes and parades all across the country and far beyond. It is a day they remember King William of Orange and his victory for Protestantism at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Today we are in this midst of more tension over Parades and protests have been promised by the Orange Order. Both sides of the Ardoyne stand off are in the wrong in being so uncompromising and need to show more... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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I have learned to be intrigued by anything Iarla Ó Lionáird is involved in. That might not be obvious. I am from the most British part of Ireland, its north east corner and Ó Lionáird is from the opposite south... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(25 years ago tonight I kissed my soul mate for the very first time. This is pretty much the story in a 25 year old poem slightly modified...) Right side of the escalators Tickets and tube way trains London lit... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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On Sunday night in Fitzroy Janet Morris helped us to spend some time meditating on Psalm 23. It is such a familiar Psalm and I was wondering how I would find something fresh. Though Janet was not doing a strict... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Let me transport you to the roads of Vancouver in Canada. As another impatient Canadian driver honks his horn, and makes to shout obscenities through windscreens, I want to stop him and tell him how much I am looking forward... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(I wrote this is a kind of Psalm a long while back. It appeared on the record I did with same Hill under the name Stevenson and Samuel called Grace Notes) God welcomed in the morning He gave voice to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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So my wife had a dream last night. She was about to marry someone else but I arrived to try to change her mind. As she surveyed how her husband to be and I were setting up the Church for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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David Gray once sang, “you sacrificed the poem of your imagination for these pounds and pence”. Some might feel it was self fulfilling prophecy as Gray blanded out the creative edge of his poor selling early albums to make big... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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“On and on Body willing, mind undone One pain ending while another begins Lies, ruin, disease Into wounds like these Let the truth sting Let the truth sting Let the truth sting” From Let The Truth Sting I remember while... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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There is something in the spiritual DNA of the human being that divides, pushes away, sets up barriers. Our natural inclination seems to be sectarian.Perhaps Fredrick Buechner put it well, “The power of sin is centrifugal. When at work in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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This is an old poem, written at a Summer Madness festival, back in the day. The idea of those flaunting not having it - unlike the old TV ad - had been rattling around my brain for sometime. There must... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be looking at Peter and Pilate and their role in the run up to Jesus crucifixion. We have been following John's account of Jesus life and we are between Gethsemane and Calvary. What... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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I wrote this at Summer Madness many many years ago. I might have been reading Walter Brueggeman's Finally Comes The Poet which talks alot about the real spiritual goodness of sabbaths. Festivals are Sabbaths. Sabbaths are times when all are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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The most repeated command in the Bible is "do not be afraid." Interesting! God knew that the world would throw all kinds of fearful events our way. The words are often spoken in Scripture at times when something very frightening... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(part 2 of a series of blog size sermons from a series I did in The Cathedral Of The Advent in Birmingham, Alabama during Lent 2014 and repeated in McCracken Memorial, Belfast - you can listen to it at the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(part 1 of a series of blog size sermons from a series I did in The Cathedral Of The Advent in Birmingham, Alabama during Lent 2014 and repeated in McCracken Memorial, Belfast.) Readers to this blog will know that I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(On Sunday night, at the Licensing Service of Susan Moore at McCracken, Rev Dr Ruth Patterson preached the passage on the Mary meeting Jesus after his resurrection in John 20. At one stage she opened us up to engaging with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(the story of Hosea... the story of God...) It wasn’t vows you’ve broken But my soft and tender heart Oh the ache of the shredded rip Of my insides being torn apart And into the dark black night That’s where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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There is something transcendent about Sky Full of Stars on Coldplay’s new album Ghost Dance. It is the most Coldplay track and yet it is co-written with Swedish electro house dude Avicii. Chris Martin has confessed his fascination with a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(Today is the Northern Ireland Day Of Reflection for those who lost their lives or were injured in the Northern Ireland Troubles... this is a prayer I used at the Marking Of A Day Of Reflection event in St. Oliver... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE
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(Way back in 2003 I had the privilege of interviewing Mike Scott, of The Waterboys, for a Paste Magazine article. This is the blog I wrote then. It seems appropriate to re-blog on the day I seek that Ulster Hall... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at SOUL SURMISE