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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, peace and reconciliation, social justice, sport...
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The very first time I heard Bono’s Silver and Gold I sensed the claustrophobic feel of a dark wet night on the South African townships. Dark and wet add menace to the poverty of townships. The shacks close in. Silver... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Fitzroy are used to me having at least one Facebook quotation per week. I don't set out to find one but something always seems to resonate with my sermon prep. My ritual is to read the Lectionary passages early in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(On September 25th 2016 we will celebrate 40 years to the day that U2 met in Larry Mullen’s kitchen for the very first time. In the 40 days leading up to U2@40 I will blog one of their spiritual songs...)... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Oh how I am enjoying being in bed before midnight. Just when I thought I had got rested over the summer, the Olympics kicked in and kept me up to all hours watching Farah, Bolt, Ennis Hill and the rest.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(On September 25th 2016 we will celebrate 40 years to the day that U2 met in Larry Mullen’s kitchen for the very first time. In the 40 days leading up to U2@40 I will blog one of their spiritual songs...)... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(On September 25th 2016 we will celebrate 40 years to the day that U2 met in Larry Mullen’s kitchen for the very first time. In the 40 days leading up to U2@40 I will blog one of their spiritual songs...)... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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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 Aug 22, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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(On September 25th 2016 we will celebrate 40 years to the day that U2 met in Larry Mullen’s kitchen for the very first time. In the 40 days leading up to U2@40 I will blog one of their spiritual songs...)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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(On September 25th 2016 we will celebrate 40 years to the day that U2 met in Larry Mullen’s kitchen for the very first time. In the 40 days leading up to U2@40 I will blog one of their spiritual songs...)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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Stockman is back in Fitzroy tomorrow morning (11am). It will be good to be back in that two or three feet of planet earth where I feel at my most fulfilled. Tomorrow's Lectionary readings allows me to untangle some thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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(On September 25th 2016 we will celebrate 40 years to the day that U2 met in Larry Mullen’s kitchen for the very first time. In the 40 days leading up to U2@40 I will blog one of their spiritual songs..)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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(On September 25th 2016 we will celebrate 40 years to the day that U2 met in Larry Mullen’s kitchen for the very first time. In the 40 days leading up to U2@40 I will blog one of their spiritual songs..)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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(On September 25th 2016 we will celebrate 40 years to the day that U2 met in Larry Mullen’s kitchen for the very first time. In the 40 days leading up to U2@40 I will blog one of they spiritual songs..)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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As many of you wait for your A Level Results tomorrow let me blog as a pastor who was formerly a University Chaplain. In my fifteen years living with, and ministering to, students I spent the most pastoral time talking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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(On September 25th 2016 we will celebrate 40 years to the day that U2 met in Larry Mullen’s kitchen for the very first time. In the 40 days leading up to U2@40 I will blog one of they spiritual songs..)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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(photo: Brendan Mulgrew) As I waited on Deacon Blue coming on stage at the Féile an Phobail (West Belfast Festival) last night, I realised that it was 29 years since I had first got to see them at the Henry... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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I wrote this after I came home from our Uganda trip this summer. It was a reflection on our time but was written with the impetus of my friend Alain Emerson about to leave on his trip. We have shared... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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The Olympics. It is the one fortnight every four years where almost everyone gets caught up in sport. Even my wife and daughters who just about cope with my sports obsession are not only watching but giving details of certain... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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"You are standing on top of the world With the rich on one side and the poor on the other There's an ocean between them before your eyes Is all of humanity ready to rise up You are standing for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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I am acutely aware that this piece of land which I am daring to stand on was a land mine trap, just over a decade ago. I am in Lira, northern Uganda, where Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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There are times when I hear a song and it sums up absolutely the musical sounds that most tickles my soul at that given moment in time. It is so utterly beautiful to my ears that it seems to be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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“It is a miracle,” a woman said to my wife. It is not everyday that you get to see a miracle but today we were the blessed ones. Charles was the miracle worker. I asked him what it was a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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This morning, like so many of my fellow Northern Irish citizens, I am reflecting on The Battle of The Somme where so many young Ulstermen lost their lives. I am remembering particularly those from Fitzroy, where I am minister, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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It is a little disconcerting when three bombs go off in an airport just two hours before you leave for a night and day’s flying. Janice was offered to go to Kampala with Turkish Air and didn’t take up the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE
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I remember the day Lady Diana died, having to put together my radio show to respond. The same the day after the Omagh Bomb. Those were hard emotional shows. I felt that same strain on Sunday morning as I had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at SOUL SURMISE