I got a chance to interview Jackie Spencer, the author of the newly released book entitled, “A Black Man’s Journey Through The Annals Of Time”. If you ever had any questions on whether or not black people are in the bible than this interview and this book is a MUST READ!! You can get a copy at Amazon.com. Here is what she said …:
Can you give us a brief background of your ministerial life?
I have done so much in my few years of life. I have worked in ministry since 1984 in various capacities. I have been a youth leader, a coordinator of children’s and teen departments. I have taught in adult Bible School. I was licensed in 1985 as a Christian Worker by Covenant Ministries International; headed by Pastor Dave Demola; while attending and being on the Board of Faith Christian Center in Staten Island, NY, Pastor George Samuels. I was a department head and Deacon in New Life Fellowship in Rochester NY under Pastor Reginald McGill. I was also ordained as a Minister there; and then ordained again as an Elder.
What is the title of your book and what does it mean?
My book is entitled “A Blackman’s Journey Through The Annals Of Time”. The meaning of the title is symbolic of the fact that people of color, and actually all people are on a journey. There is a beginning point and there will be an end at some point. The Blackman’s journey has been understated, under-researched, and under-appreciated. I wrote this book to take a look at that journey and possibly place it in its proper perspective.
Is this book for clergy, laypersons or the general public?
This book is for anyone who is curious and wants to search for truth. The basis of my authority and faith is the Bible. I make that clear right up front, so as not to offend. The readers of this book will need to be open-minded, even if they profess to be Christian.
What qualifies you to write this book?
That’s an excellent question. My brain, my heart and my thirst for truth qualify me to write this book. As I read my Bible and looked at life I said, something’s wrong here. At that point I decided to stop reading and start studying.
What inspired you to write THIS book at THIS time in history?
I believe that we are in a pivotal time in history. We are in a time where truth needs to be revealed, and petty difference and prejudices need to be put aside. Christ is not coming back for a black church or a white church. He’s coming back for “The Church”. There will not be a black section of heaven and a white section and an oriental section. There will just be heaven. We need to understand that we are all one family. We have different traits and different purposes; yet there is only one goal – to please God!
What do you want people to ultimately understand about your book?
I want people to understand that if they would just “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2nd Tim 2:15); they would be amazed at the things the Holy Spirit will reveal to them about what God has to say about them.
Also I want people to understand that this book speaks to the many purposes of the “Blackman”, meaning all of black humanity, male and female. We have purpose. We may not always walk in our purpose, but we have purpose. We can only find out what that purpose is if we go back to the one who made us and see what He has to say about us.
Lastly I want people to understand that we not only have purpose, but we also are the recipients of promises and blessings. Our true history needs to be researched and told, so that our futures may appear a bit clearer.
We have an African American President in the White House; how does your book enhance or detract from that ground breaking election?
My book points backward to where President Obama and all African Americans came from. He is the descendant of Kings and Queens and people of God. His election points forward to where my book could not go, because I do not know the future. What I do know, however, is that I believe President Obama is walking in his God ordained purpose.
When you look in the face of a black child you don’t know who you are really looking at. You could be looking at a doctor or lawyer or dentist or architect or drug dealer or killer or president. So maybe we should try a little harder to “train up (a child) these children in the way (he) they should go; and when (he is) they are old, (he) they will not depart from it.” I believe there are more Barak and Michelle Obamas among black people, not just African Americans; but people of color all over the world, who have not yet stepped into their destiny, to fulfill their purpose.
What do you have to say to those that believe Jesus is Black or White?
My first comment is that it is not the color of His skin that is significant, but the color of His blood. For redemption to take place He had to be human and have red blood like all other humans.
My second comment is this; whether Jesus was tan or pale doesn’t really matter. He was a Jew sent to save the Jewish people. That’s why they called Him the King of the Jews; but because of His love for all mankind He opened up redemption to include everyone.
In your book, on page #32 you wrote, “The Cushites were the descendants of Cush, son of Ham, son of Noah”. Now without giving away too much of the book’s contents, can you briefly explain why THAT one sentence is so important to you personally?
I have spent years trying to find black people in the Bible and couldn’t, with the exception of slaves. For some reason in America the words slave and blacks are synonymous. Anyway, after years of studying, the Holy Spirit gave me a revelation. The revelation was this; names are very important to God. Those endless geologies in the Bible are important. God wanted me to know where I came from.
Any last comments?
I would suggest that whoever reads this book, read it with a pad, pen and Bible nearby; and you may want to grab a dictionary. The purpose of this book is to get you studying and thinking. It is not for entertainment.
Well, Ladies & Gentlemen, There you have it! Words from Jackie Spencer, the author of “A Black Man’s Journey Through The Annals Of Time”.
As an EXTRA added treat Ms. Spencer so graciously offered 2 autographed copies of her new book to readers of his blog!
So leave me a comment telling me what you thought of the interview and why you should win the book. Winners will be randomly picked on the evening of Friday, May 8th, 2009. Winners will be posted on Monday, May 11, 2009.
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