Friends, I know I keep promising you a return – and I kind of feel like the risen Christ as I write that statement – but I just turned in my edits to the manuscript and am returning to the land of the living! Meanwhile, I’ve got a book that I KNOW you will love. If, like me, you’re passionate about issues of racial justice in the church, you’ve got to get your hands on TODAY’S release, Plantation Jesus, co-authored by Andi Cumbo-Floyd and Skot Welch. Skot is here with us today to answer a handful of questions, so check out the book and leave a comment at the end to win a copy for yourself!
Tell us a bit about yourself, will you? My name is Skot Welch. I spend much of my time working with organizations, both domestically and globally, to help them more specifically leverage their diversity towards greater innovation in their product and service offer
ing. I also love empowering our young people. I’m an ordained Pastor. I’m married to an amazing woman, Barbara, for 25 years and we are still going strong. We have two forward thinking and amazing kids – 21 and 18. I love The Word of God and Revelation 7:9 is a verse of which I’m in constant search to see manifested.
Let’s talk about your book: what, in a nutshell, is your book about anyway? Probably the simplest way to describe the back story and general premise of Plantation Jesus is this: I co-hosted a radio show with my “brother from another mother” Rick Wilson. He had started the book and then became ill and went to Heaven. Before he left, he asked me to finish the book and I gave him my word to do so. God sent Andi Cumbo-Floyd to help me fulfill that promise and we got the book finished.
The general premise, as I explain it is, that post slavery and reconstruction gave us both the system and character called Jim Crow. Both of these, were, and are still embedded within the fabric of our nation. While Jim Crow was certainly prevalent everywhere, he/it was more of a secular representation of a twisted system of oppression, legislated segregation and unparalleled marginalization of people, particularly African-Americans. Plantation Jesus is also a system and character but he has taken/takes residence in The Church. This character is comfortable with all the things that Jim Crow is but Plantation Jesus masks its sinis
ter presence behind the spirit of religion – many times through pleasant smiles – yet he is no different in any way from Jim Crow. This is the crux of the book and it takes readers on a relational journey that talks about Rick’s and my upbringing, addresses societal ills within The Body of Christ and offers topics and questions to discuss in a way that helps readers go deeper, faster.
Do tell, what was the inspiration behind it? Our primary inspiration was, and still is, to underscore the need for true conversation that is not candy-coated nor politically c
orrect. It is a book that challenges Christians to go beyond political, denominational and ethnic affiliations and to think “Kingdom”. We challenge readers to discuss the tough issues truthfully and to view them through a “Christocentric” lens first.
How do you hope readers will be changed by your words? While I actually do hope that readers will be changed by the words, I am more interested in their transformation as they ACT on the words and even more importantly – The Word. This is a book about action, not theory.
Lest we forget to ask, how have YOU been changed by writing the book? I’m even more committed to the message and to live a more Christocentric life.
How and where can we find you on the internet? Kind of all over the place. Just put my name in and voilà.
Well, there you go: I don’t know about you, but Plantation Jesus sounds like the real deal to me! Want to win a copy of the book? Leave a comment for Skot (and Andi) and tell them why you’d LOVE to get your hands on their book. Otherwise, head over to my Instagram account in a couple of days for more chances to win. Good luck!
*Post contains Amazon Affiliate links. Thanks, Herald Press, for the giveaway!