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Welcome to Spheres of Influence, a podcast where we talk about those important spheres in life: religion, politics and culture. As an ordained minister, writer, and political junkie, I think we can talk about these topics in ways that bring people together instead of driving them apart.

So, why bother listening (or reading, since I write as well) what I have to say? Simple. Because I'm a misfit. What you will find here is a viewpoint that you aren’t going to hear in many other places. We need more "odd" viewpoints.

The downside of being gay and African American is that everyone thinks they know what you think. Frankly, there are tons of voices out there that fit the general description and give people an opinion comfort food. But in our modern 21st century, gay and African American people can have different views on everything. I’m a black man that thinks racism is still a problem in the United States, but I don’t know if reparations will solve anything and I have problems with Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project. I’m an openly gay man happily married and I’m an orthodox Christian. I still think religion is important in our society and I worry about its receding and what is taking its place. I’m on the center-right, but I reject Trumpism and think you can be conservative and believe in active government. I like Star Trek, cartoons, and anything transportation-related and I miss not being able to just talk to others about politics even when we don’t agree. Did I mention I like Star Trek?

If you want to hear a podcast that gives you the same ‘ole same ‘old or you want to hear from the journalist that’s been to 100 countries and can speak Xhosa easily, then this is not your podcast. But if you want to hear something from someone that is trying to figure out what he believes and where he fits, give me a lsiten. If you want a perspective that is off-kilter, check out the podcast. If you want a bit of whimsy (and let’s face it, you never see the word whimsy with the descriptor African American male, gay on the other hand…) listen to the podcast, you won't be sorry you did.

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