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Pastor and a Porn Star

Pastor and a Porn Star

This story was too strange not to share it on Indian Motorcycle Radio.

Pornography is older than podcasting by a million years. It is frowned upon by many openly that have consumed it in secret. Pornography is a moral issue for some, but not everybody. Some believe it is a health issue. How pornography is used and within what context can determine how helpful or hurtful it can be to any one individual or relationship. It can be addictive. It can mean that you are depressed, and need to talk to someone professionally. This is the story that taught me something I had never realized before and put some others things in context for me. What happened when a pastor speaks to a famous porn actress on his podcast?

I’ve been podcasting for twelve years. I attend a lot of podcasting conferences and events to learn. Podcasters have a community where we share equipment, tips, tricks, best practices and marketing information. We are all trying to do better with what we have.

It’s our art. It’s our craft, man!

One day, about six years ago, my podcast mentor said that he was scanning the podisphere for new shows and saw that former Porn star, Ginger Lynn has just started podcasting but didn’t have all the right links and tags displayed in iTunes. My buddy said it was going to hurt her in the long run. The name struck a bell with me. She was a hot blonde from the 80’s that was a displayed expertly on the cover of VHS tapes they used to keep in the back room of the video renting place.in my neighborhood. Back in the day, 18-25 years old,

I thought “OOOH MAMA.”

I’m just keeping it real.

 

Well, I went to the website and hit the contact button. I found an email and the next thing I know I am talking to Ginger Lynn. I shared with her all the things my mentor had mentioned that were wrong and how she could better her show. She was like the woman next door. Honest, humble and didn’t judge me for being a Christian pastor. I admitted to her that we were the same age and that I had seen one or two of her videos in our youth. You know what happened next?

She shared some personal stuff and I told her that if she ever needed to talk to someone I was here. In Christian talk, I witnessed to her, and said if she needed a pastor, call me. Something about this call was different though. You know when you, well maybe not you are judging someone and then you realize you got just as much dirt to hide as the next person you shut up.

I’m glad I got to speak with her. It taught me something.

My faith is built around the belief that we are all less than perfect. We have all sin and still do. I realized that some stay where they are because the perfect people make it so hard for them to talk. Not you. I have spoken to drug addicts, sex addicts, coffee addicts, alcoholics, liars, murderers, and probably a host of things they never confided in me about. But here I was. It made me readjust my collar. I looked in the mirror.

Sin is breaking the Law of God.  1 John 3:4 says, “Sin is lawlessness.” Sin is a transgression, an iniquity, an unrighteous act.  Sin is a deviation from the will of God.  It is a form of evildoing since it is in opposition to God’s decrees and desires. Sin is not a merely a deficiency. It is an open rebellion and disobedience to what God has declared is right.  Sin can only be properly understood in relationship to God since God is the holy one (1 Peter 1:16) and all sin is unholy. God’s standard of moral perfection is what we are all obligated to obey and when we do not, we have sinned.

Everyone commits sin

Every person who’s ever lived, except for Jesus (1 Pet. 2:22), commits sin. This is because when Adam sinned in the garden of Eden, we inherited his sinful nature. This is why the Bible says that sin entered the world through one man, Adam. (Rom. 5:12) Furthermore, we are by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:3).

 

Again, what is sin?

Sin is doing that which is contrary to the revealed will of God. It’s plain and simple.  If God says “Do not lie” and you lie, then you have broken His law and sinned.

There are two main reasons for not feeling the conviction of the Holy Spirit when a person sins. One is that the person is not born-again, and the Holy Spirit is not indwelling him. Therefore, he would not feel the conviction that the Spirit of God brings.

Here’s what I have found out personally about porn. If our bodies are temples or vessels that can contain the Holy Spirit, it can be polluted. It can become full of trash. Porn and the Holy Spirit don’t dwell in the same vessels. You set yourself up for failure, abandonment, the feeling of emptiness when you secretly or openly invite that into you. Your vessel is empty and can be inhabited by other spirits and entities.

So, I have learned that I have to be careful what I allow into my mind, body and soul.  We should not use our weakness in the flesh as a justification or excuse to do that which is against God.  We are made new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17), and as such we have been bought with a great price — the blood of God (Acts 20:28) — and we should act in a manner consistent with our redemption.  We’re not to abide in sin or seek it, but when we do sin we have someone we can turn to who will cleanse us.

Just as this sidetracked podcast may have unintentionally turned into a preaching moment, it was intentioned by God, to help someone.

Back to the story. The first time I aired this podcast, I had a good guy berate me on how wrong I was to talk to Ms Ginger. I was shocked at first. Then I was hurt. You will hear in our conversation that she could be your neighbor. That is what I mean about adjusting my collar. I had to check my own prejudices, judgments. I have no hell to put you in or a heaven to kick you out of. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the Judge.

The Old Testament contains the Law of God.  It is a perfect standard because it is God’s standard.  When we fail to keep the law, we sin.  When we sin, we offend God.  This offense against God results in a judgment.  Laws are laws because they have penalties.  There is no law without a penalty.  Therefore, breaking God’s law brings judgment which is separation from God.  “But your sins have made a separation between you and your God,” (Isaiah 59:2).  And, “the wages of sin is death . . . ” (Rom. 6:23).  So, to sin, to break God’s law, results in judgment.  The judgment is known as damnation which is the righteous judgment of God upon the sinner.  If God did not judge the sinner, then He is not upholding His holiness; and he would be allowing sinners to go unpunished.

I am still working on my salvation with fear and trembling. I am still studying and learning the Word of God so that I may rightly share it with the people God has put in front of me. I’ll understand if you don’t agree with me.

Most don’t go to church.

So now you will hear a conversation with a porno star. One who has done just about everything you can do and still live. She has survived thus far. We must be extremely careful as Christians to apply moral judgments with equity, non-partiality, love, and truth. Moral judgments without compassion and mercy become immoral in themselves. This is why we are to keep our eyes on Jesus who is the judge and the standard of righteousness. We must keep our eyes on his words and his deeds and emulate him. Jesus forgave, was patient, taught, and healed.  His words were not simple moral statements.  They were manifested by his life and loving character.

That’s how I got to Ms. Ginger. That is what transpired after I first aired this thing. I learned a lot from the conversation.

Ephesians 1:11 says that God works all things after the counsel of his will. This means that everything that occurs in your life, all your free will decisions, all your choices, all your intentions, all your mistakes, all your sins, etc. work within the divine knowledge and will of God. Nothing is outside the scope of God’s knowledge, and no one can do anything that surprises God.

Ain’t that something?

Can I get an Amen somebody?

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Goal Setting with a Indian Motorcycle Podcast

Goal Setting with a Indian Motorcycle Podcast

What I Did On My Spring Vacation

The coronavirus pandemic is challenging enough.  I decided to make one of my goals to create a motorcycle podcast that in the process would help me get better at goal setting and give me a win. The show is about Indian Motorcycles and the community that loves them. The Indian Motorcycle has been an iconic American brand for more than a century, and it still resonates among older motorcyclists. That is my jam!

 

first episode

If you have never had good fortune at goal setting follow me on this and I’ll explain how I am working it. I am using what is called S.M.A.R.T.E.R. template for goal setting. There are hundreds of talking heads and motivational speakers that mention this. Look it up on YouTube after you read this and see if it makes more sense to you.

A  S.M.A.R.T. goal is one of those terms you have to know if your job requires you to write your achievements and accomplishments at the end of a reporting period. It’s good to know because without goals I don’t finish projects. I lose focus. This is my “why.” We all know about those pesky New Years Resolutions. If you have goals here is what I am using to succeed with the podcast.

S.M.A.R.T.E.R

  1. Specific
  2. Measurable
  3. Actionable
  4. Relatable
  5. Time
  6. Evaluate
  7. Reward

 

The main thing about making a good goal for yourself is that it has to be something that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning. It has to inspire you. It has to motivate you. Right now, I don’t own an Indian Motorcycle. I have test ridden a couple and talked to several salesman. I learned for myself that they are at the top of the food chain. Its a high quality American made motorcycle that rivals Harley Davidson with a cult like following. I like talking about it. I like the community that has them. If I do this well, I could end up being sponsored by the company or maybe get invited to the factory for a tour, a test ride or maybe even get a free bike. [fat chance there, but I keep hope alive]. Either way these goals inspire me.

Specifics

And now the specifics. This is about Indian Motorcycles and not every other bike. This is using the power of niche marketing. I found a Facebook community that let me in with over 9000 and growing members. A good goal has to be specific. I know why I failed. It “pod-faded” when I tried to include all motorcycles, trikes, quads and whatever four years ago. I have to overcome the “curse of familiarity.” I lost momentum the last time.

Measureable

To make this podcast successful it has to measurable. It has nothing to do with the microphone, the album art, the hosting service although I have twelve years experience producing podcast and know the best practices. Publishing a show online gives me metrics. Talking to the guys that ride, give me feedback, input and a sense of where I need to go. I am constantly measuring. When I entered the Facebook group, I decided if I could get could get 3 percent of the folks in it to download the show I would keep going. What is 3% of 8900?

Actionable

To make this podcast good I need action steps. I have to know my audience. I have to do this to get where I want to go. If I have to “Start Ugly,” I will and did. I wasn’t and still not sure the company isn’t going to hammer me from using their name. I am prepared to change it if I have to though. I had to overcome my fear of failure, the unknown and over analysis. I decided to invest in myself. To create a really good podcast it’s gonna cost me about 100 bucks a month and that’s to keep up with social media for graphics, for hosting, software upgrades and a host of new things that pop up to help me promote the show. It was going to be risky, yes.

Relateable

At this stage in my life, and my experience in motorcycling, podcasting and marketing, I believe I can make this work.  I identify with my audience.  I know motorcyclist.  I know podcasting.  Over the years, jobs and positions that motorcycle enthusiast (bikers) are in have been my largest friends base.  I have been a protector all of my life.  I am known internationally as the Black Man With a Gun.  I had a website with that URL since 2000 and published my first book with that title that year.  I know is how to push through.  I know how to keep my internal motivation and focus when the external elements beat you down.  What I have is a good grasp on is the mental preparation and mindset needed to fight one more round. 

I am in this target market.  This niche is my community.  It is what Seth Godin wrote about in Tribes.  I’m looking for the tribe to support my show.  My tribe will become super fans that consume all of my content as soon as I put it out and will “quickly” tell me if there is a type-o, glitch or shortcoming in my content so I can fix it.  Unlike those that just like to find fault, these fans are easy on my ego, and seek to make me better.  It is like having your brother and sister review your blog or podcast.  That is the kind of “love” you get when you identify your niche.  One of the benefits of identifying your niche is that you can grow this garden of super fans that help you succeed. 

“You don’t win with X’s and O’s. What you win with is people.”
– Joe Gibbs 

Here are three things a niche podcast can do.  (I am adding this for me to remember later.)

  1. Niche Podcasting allows you to solve certain problems for specific people. 
  2. Niche Podcasting makes it easier to define your target audience so that you can know where to find them. 
  3. Niche Podcast allows for you to tap into a more loyal and highly engaged audience.  

 

Timely

A good goal has a timeline. I was going to create a weekly show. I would know after 1 month, if “the juice was worth the squeeze.” I can read the numbers of downloaded episodes and track my weekly statistics.

Evaluate

These elements help me Evaluate how I am doing. Feedback is crucial in goal setting. I have learned you have to ask a lot of questions to get just a few answers. Most people don’t respond unless it is a hot button for them. Hot button issues and thoughts also are key things to think about when making content for the show. I look for both evergreen and hot button topics. When I remember that is.

Reward

The reward portion of this goal setting endeavor is both in the process and the product. I am asking businesses to consider sponsoring the show that doesn’t even have 1000 subscribers yet because of the potential. The “big ask” is also a big goal. It prepares me to ask the subscriber to fund the podcast. When I get enough subscribers to cover the $100 a month I am putting into making the show, its a milestone. I like the dopamine feeling of seeing someone that just donated $5 through https://www.buymeacoffee.com/motorcycles .

All success in life is basically task completion. When I finish and episode, I feel better. When I get feedback, I feel better. When I get positive feedback, a share and someone donates, it motivates me to go on a little further.

The lockdown has kept many of us home but my spirit is free to create, engage, and make things happen. I’m learning about this incredible product and I don’t even own one yet. I am become a brand ambassador without the pay. There’s a 2005 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Standard in the garage that I was saving for my son. It may be a trade in. My goals are to have a successful podcast with 1000 raving fans, in a community I like to be in, among people that get my jokes, like my voice and the content I am putting down. I have a chance to work with a company that is doing great things. I’m one of those guys that would own a biker bar and blues club if I had the money. This is the next best thing for me.

“Losers focus on what they are going through while champions focus on what they are going to.”

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Did I tell you I love motorcycles?

Did I tell you I love motorcycles?

 I love motorcycles.

 

I love the look and feel of them.  I love the culture.  Riding a motorcycle is not a passive activity.  You have to be fully engaged to be safe and enjoy all that the world is when riding a motorcycle.  I just got the opportunity to combine two of my favorite things.  I’m hoping to soon podcast about motorcycles again professionally.  

I’ve been riding motorcycles since 1977.  I rode a Honda 350 motorcycle in high school before I bought my first car.  This was only a year after Gore Tex ™ was manufactured or sold to regular people.  It was a cold ride in the winter months.  I remember not being able to write in my homeroom class a few times because my hands were still numb.  

I had a couple of motorcycle podcast attempts already.  I learned that motorcycle shows are seasonal.  I learned that there is plenty of competition for the earbuds and not a lot of good shows.  I plan on taking what I learned from the Baptist Biker, Motorcycle Radio and Motorcycle Talk to make this an informative, entertaining and community supported show.  Those three podcast have faded.  Domain squatters have snatched up those domains and are now holding them for ransom; but I’ve moved on.  

There are no failures, only lessons!

Riding a motorcycle gives me a sense of freedom. I feel like I am in control of the moment.  There are not that many opportunities to do that these days.  Riding lets me, be me without anyone’s permission.

Back in 1981, I was selected to leave my Combat Engineer unit to become a Marine Security Guard.  I rode my brand new Yamaha XS 850 for Camp Pendleton, CA to Quantico, Virginia to see this great country before I left it to serve in an US Embassy abroad.  It was an amazing experience.
It might sound like a cliché but it’s true,

“Four wheels move your body, two wheels move your soul.”

Riding a motorcycle takes away all my tension and stress. It’s a cheap reboot. It brings a sense of calm and ease to my mind and body.  I’ve preached my best sermons on my bike.  It doesn’t matter that nobody has ever heard them, or that they never sounds as good the second time.  
The most obvious reason I love motorcycles are that they are fun to ride. I have been on commutes to work where I was tempted to keep on going.  I know I am not the only one.  How about when the sky turns a different color or you see some element of wildlife near the shoulder that you hope stays over there?  What about the feel of the temperature drop near a wooded area, or body of water?  What about the warmth of riding in a city that changes when you leave it.  

Pearl Harbor Day 2019

I test rode a Pearl colored 2019 Indian Roadmaster motorcycle from Chesapeake Cycles. It was sunny, dry, and the temperatures were mid 40’s. The shop was surprisingly busy but I was taken care of.

The 7 mile route was nice. It was a back country road in Parole, Maryland. It had farm land, hills and turns.

The motorcycle performed better than any Harley I’ve owned. The phrase “analog vs digital” comes to mind.

The shifting, braking, and balance was not just different. It was better. This bike was 200 lbs heavier than my HD 2007 Electra glide. It had more features than my daughters Honda car. And it cost more than it too.

It’s about 30k out the door. That’s the only reason I didn’t sign a contract immediately. I need to save up for this one.

More to come…

I will be teaming up with Viking Group for a new review with these two links in the New Year.

https://www.vikingcycle.com

https://www.vikingbags.com

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