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Exploring the Dichotomy

After hearing me lead a group in musical worship recently, one of my clerical colleagues patted me on the shoulder and, intending a true compliment (I’m sure) said,

my favorite Slaid Cleaves tune


“Sometimes I think you may have missed your calling.”
“How so?” I asked.
“Well I mean as a musician instead of a priest,” came the reply.
“I’d like to think I get to live out both…as a musical priest.”

Sadly, that was the end of that particular conversation.

It does sometimes seem a dichotomous life, particularly around midnight at the end of the final Saturday night set when I’d love to hang with the band and some fans for a few more beers but have to get home to finish the ending to  the next morning’s sermon…though one of my hopes is to help shift the traditional paradigm that would limit my “real” vocation to only one option. So, perhaps this venue, this blog, can be a first step in my tension-holding, congruency-discovering, status-quo-challenging quest. Perhaps you’ll join me in my discovery as, along the way, I share sermons, musings, class notes, and the like from my “priestly” role and share music, photos, and gig calendars from my “I’m in a band” identity.  Or do the sermons come from the musician and the band leadership from the priest?