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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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A few days into listening across the 4CD set that is Tom Petty’s remastered and reconfigured Wallflowers & All The Rest record and I am wondering if my favourite 3 Petty albums are right here in the one package! In... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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Since I discovered Gilead in the summer of 2009 its writer Marilynne Robinson seems to have been everywhere. That even includes Fitzroy where I got to greet welcome her to the book launch of my predecessor Rev Dr Ken Newell’s... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at SOUL SURMISE
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Be gentle my heart Be tender It’s mental my heart Remember There has never been days Like these So, please Be gentle my heart, be tender. Be defiant my soul Be open Be reliant my soul Ever hopin’ That everybody... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow in Fitzroy we are ONLY meeting on-line. The service will go live on YouTube at 11am. I am very excited about Philippians 2. I am thinking it might just have become my favourite chapter in all of the Scripture.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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We are at Tether’s End Question upon question Distanced too far apart Too much isolation We are at Tether’s End Months of dismal headlines People dying every day Friends risking on the frontlines We are at Tether’s End Dizzy and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Late last night as I was scanning Facebook my friend Gar Seeger posted about the death of Jay Swartzendruber. I took a double take. Surely not. There have been far too many deaths of friends in recent months, so many... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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In recent sermons I have been speaking about my Spiritual Rule Of Six. It has been tweaked from an idea in the Oxford Diocese. My suggestion is that we set a target of 6 months to Easter. In that time... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at SOUL SURMISE
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Janice and I have been thoroughly enjoying the BBC series Us. It is a dramatisation of David Nicholl’s book of the same name, adapted by Nicholls himself. A couple are coming to terms with their son going off to University.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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Sometimes I close my eyes Reach across red dusty miles See you wave on the Congo Road Brightening the day by your smile That smile that lights my heart That lifts my soul above All the injustices between us And... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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My wife Janice used to sail. Mirror dinghies. She raced them. As far as I can see they are like pieces of plywood with a hanky on top as a sail. Precarious! Now, here’s the thing. When Janice is on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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1 Tomorrow in Fitzroy - both the gathering and the on-line service - we will be asking how we find 10:10 2020 in Covid 19 Days. . We will try to learn from the Israelites who looked back and inward... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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October 9. It’s always the day before my birthday! In recent times I celebrate the birth of Uganda, a nation that I have given my heart to. Uganda is 364 days younger than me. Since I was 15 it has... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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(October 9, 2020 would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday had he not been so tragically taken from us by a mad man 40 years ago. To mark this major anniversary I am going to "re-master" and re-blog my reviews... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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(October 9, 2020 would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday had he not been so tragically taken from us by a mad man 40 years ago. To mark this major anniversary I am going to "re-master" and re-blog my reviews... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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“And I know you bore our sorrows And I know you feel our pain And I know it would not hurt any less Even if it could be explained" - Rich Mullins Mysteries Intrigue in the novel and film But... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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(October 9, 2020 would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday had he not been so tragically taken from us by a mad man 40 years ago. To mark this major anniversary I am going to "re-master" and re-blog my reviews... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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(October 9, 2020 would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday had he not been so tragically taken from us by a mad man 40 years ago. To mark this major anniversary I am going to "re-master" and re-blog my reviews... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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How do I buy music in 2020? It has become a dilemma. Of course, the simple answer is that I do not need to buy music at all. Streaming has meant the listening to music is too easy and too... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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(October 9, 2020 would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday had he not been so tragically taken from us by a mad man 40 years ago. To mark this major anniversary I am going to "re-master" and re-blog my reviews... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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So… finally we were back in Fitzroy this morning. Steve Gregg and Roberta Clotworthy had done an amazing job at working out the health and safety, the physical distancing, the one way system, the santiser, the track and trace... It... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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( October 9, 2020 would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday had he not been so tragically taken from us by a mad man 40 years ago. To mark this major anniversary I am going to "re-master" and re-blog my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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( October 9, 2020 would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday had he not been so tragically taken from us by a mad man 40 years ago. To mark this major anniversary I am going to "re-master" and re-blog my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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Tomorrow in Fitzroy we have two services! Our on-line Service will go live at 11 and at the same time for the first time in 7 months we will have a small gathering in Fitzroy (booked out). For my thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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Back in late May my friend Doug Gay sent me a song called I Missed You. It was about lockdown. It created the melancholic emotion of the title. Then… it broke into this joyous hope - “One day there will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE
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From an idea of Methodist theologian Indergit Bhogal who says that God is where God said God would be right from Genesis 1:1-2... "First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at SOUL SURMISE