To be honest it is with some reluctance that I say anything to you about this. At least on my part, this was not tweeted or posted on facebook when it happened. Somethings are done out of necessity, not because you want to do them.
Several weeks ago I was on a local program here in Oregon on NPR’s radio station, called OPB. The program airs at nine in the morning and is called “Think Out Loud.” It covers local issues and is hosted by a gentleman by the name of Dave Miller. There has been a driven conversation this Spring at George Fox about sexuality that caught they eye of one of the producers of the show. So a “conversation” happened on the air between an alumni from Fox, the campus pastor Sarah Baldwin, and myself.
I entered this conversation because I care about the students here, and I believe people think too small when approaching sexuality. Well, and voices like mine are rarely heard if ever on things like NPR, and it seemed a chance to speak for many men I know. I had my doubts about the objectivity of the “conversation” when the first question the producer of the show asked to our campus pastor the day before was “Are you a Lesbian?” Interesting territory. At first the producer didn’t want me to be a part of the program because I was “too interesting.” After some dialogue the program agreed to my inclusion. I didn’t mention my book on air because I wanted it to be about the students, not the book. And maybe that would make me too interesting? Perhaps it would of lent more authority to the listener’s ears as to what I did say, it was what it was….
Not a good experience, but I learned from it, and I have appreciated very much the kind comments from many people who heard it. One lesson I’ve gleaned is just as there are “fundamentalist” Christians, their are also “fundamentalist” liberals etc… where a conversation and “dialogue” are far from their objective. Another lesson was that one can share part of a story to make their point, but if the whole story is shared in its entirety, an all together different picture would be painted. It all depends whether truth is your objective.
For what it’s worth, here it is. I’ll listen to this after 6 months or so: