A Podcast for Misfits
There are a lot of podcasters clamoring for attention on the internet. A fair number of them are probably better at this than I am. I’m not special and I haven’t reported from exotic locales around the world. I am just a mild-mannered middle-aged pastor that has a background in communications and likes to write and podcast.
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. Spheres of Influence talks about religion, politics, and culture, but not always in the ways one would expect.
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 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?
Spheres of Influence is a podcast for people who want to hear more nuance and less clarity. It’s a podcast for people who have deeply held beliefs and opinions, but who don’t fit into the neat ideological or identitarian boxes of our time.
If you want to hear 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 you don’t want to read me. But if you want to read something from someone that is trying to figure out what he believes and where he fits, join me. If you want a perspective that is off-kilter, consider reading me. 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.
My name is Dennis Sanders, a Michigan native living in Minneapolis. I’m a minister of a small congregation in the area and a communications consultant. I hope you will enjoy News of the Sphere. I’m not the world's best podcaster, but I am far, far from boring. Tune in!