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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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FITZROY PRESENTS THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO... THE KILLERS SUNDAY JUNE 16th 2024 @ 7pm FITROY CHURCH, 77 UNIVERSITY STREET, BELFAST BT7 1LN FREE An evening when an array of Fitzroy voices and players, with a few helpful guests, will cover... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at SOUL SURMISE
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There is such a multifaceted character to Brian Houston’s songs and albums. The songs never veer too far from the traditional song writing template. He can rock it up on this record and strip it back on the next. He... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(A Pentecost Prayer for Fitzroy...) God for the church since Pentecost Down millennia For the Presbyterian Church in Ireland Down a few centuries And for Fitzroy Two hundred years a fellowship One hundred and fifty years in this building We... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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photo: herself Let’s take one of our selfies With Donard way high above us It’s where we always find our help In the granite of God’s love for us Reach out your hand And I’ll put mine in yours When... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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(Having the Aurora Borealis (those Northern Lights) in our gardens has had us thinking of the beauty and vastness of the skies... Here's a reflection based on Isaiah 57:15... on the Stevenson and Samuel album Gracenotes it is added at... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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"If you love me you will obey my commands," said Jesus That was a seismic shift from keeping law by duty to a different basis of relationship. Love usurps law. "God is love." "We love because God first loved us."... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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photo: Janice Gordon-Stockman (on my phone!) Bruce Springsteen live. WOW! It is difficult to argue with his hardened fans who say that he is the best there is and best there ever was. The man is 74. The core of... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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My preaching relationship with Bruce Springsteen started way back in the mid 80s. Bruce was the biggest thing in the world on the back of Born in The USA and I was trying desperately to catch the ear of teenagers... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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How horrific? A man nailed to a fence in Bushmills, crucifix style. On one of our own streets. It never ceases to shock me what a human being can do to another human being. What century? In all its horror... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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“We are finally here,” Dana Masters begins her introductions to her Mandela Hall concert. I know what she means. Preparing for our An Evening In Conversation with her at the 2023 4 Corners Festival I asked her about an album.... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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Nashville based songwriter Ben Glover’s original home was the small village of Glenarm on the beautiful green glens of east Antrim, where they gently roll down to the sea, all already covered across his catalogue. Ben’s music is set in... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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Grace gives us a new place and space in the spiritual universe. We are drowning in a sea swell of our fallenness, evil is ripping the fabric of our soul and the water is getting. How do we survive? Can... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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We have been used to unplugged Deacon Blue since the second release of Dignity as a single in January. 1988. A piano version of Raintown was an extra track and quickly a favourite. Don’t Let The Teardrops Start on Ooh... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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For me T Bone Burnett is one of the rock music era’s great artists. Whether it is the eclectic mix of his solo work, poetic, musically sophisticated records like Trap Door, Proof Through the Night, The Criminal Under My Own... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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AN EVENING WITH OVER THE RHINE in FITZROY on Friday June 21st 2024 @ 7.30 (doors 7pm) BOOK TICKETS HERE It was late August 1992. It was in a tent in a field. It was the first night of Greenbelt.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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In his book Grace Awakening, Charles Swindoll has another way of looking at the legalists who as religious leaders grind us down with guilt and long lists of dos and don’ts. “Their God is too small, their world is too... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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“There are killers on the loose today. The problem is that you can’t tell by looking. They don’t wear little buttons that give away their identity, nor do they carry signs warning everybody to stay away. On the contrary, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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BRIAN HOUSTON in Conversation with Steve Stockman and NEW ALBUM LAUNCH MAY 24th 2024 @7.30 (doors 7pm) FITZROY, 77 University Street, BELFAST £10 on door For thirty years Brian Houston and I have met very regularly for coffee, tea, breakfast... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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Was it Bono who said, “We Irish don’t build huge bridges or send people into space but boy can we tell stories.” Five years after Anna Burns and Paul Lynch brings another Booker Prize home to our wee island. It... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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THE SPRING AGAPE LECTURE SPEAKERS: FR MARTIN MAGILL & REV STEVE STOCKMAN OBE TITLE: VOCATION OF FRIENDSHIP TOWARDS PEACE DATE: WED, APRIL 17th, 2024 @ 7.30 VENUE: BELFAST SOUTH METHODIST CHURCH (AGAPE CENTRE) 236-266 Lisburn Road Belfast, BT9 6GF (Tel:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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With authentic characters and a gently gripping plot, David A Dunlop shines a light on the golden calves of sectarianism and church legalism in rural Northern Ireland. Where I am from When the Light Gets In is an important book.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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50 years ago. Abba launched on the world with that famous Waterloo performance on Eurovision. To be fair it is the historical that hits me first. I was being baby-sat by My Granny Kernohan and Mrs Gillan. They were formidable... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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(I am repeating some old Thoughts For The Day and Pause For Thoughts for the blog... This one was on BBC Radio 2 and the week's theme was "Debut Albums") Like most of you I waken up every morning to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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I love it when an artist stretches him or herself. Cara Dillon has done it most wonderfully on Coming Home. Cara Dillon the poet. It begins there. Covid lockdown had many side benefits alongside the negatives we tend to be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE
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It hasn’t been the easiest six weeks for the Stockmans and so when we got away for a few days it was important what I chose as a novel. Paul Lynch’s Prophet Song, with its Booker Prize and Ireland in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2024 at SOUL SURMISE