Welcome to the blog. My name is Edward Gilbreath. I’m a writer, editor, and speaker mostly on issues of diversity and race relations in the church. My first solo book was Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical’s Inside View of White Christianity (IVP, 2006). Reconciliation Blog is a place to discuss the themes of that book and more. My hope is that it will be a community of men and women from different backgrounds who respect the perspectives of others and reject the practice of seeing people as labels or stereotypes. May a spirit of grace and reconciliation prevail here. By the way, the tagline for this blog is taken from the apostle Paul’s words about reconciliation in the New Testament: “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view” (2 Cor. 5:16, NIV).
I was born in Rockford, Illinois (home of the rock band Cheap Trick), and now live in the Chicagoland area. I’ve worked for a variety of faith-based publishing companies, including Christianity Today (where I’m still an editor at large), Strang Communications (now Charisma Media), and Urban Ministries Inc., where I was the founding editor of the online magazine UrbanFaith.com. I’m currently the executive director of communication for the Evangelical Covenant Church. My latest book is Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Epic Challenge to the Church, a narrative history of King and his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
My lovely wife, Dana, and I have two great children. Find out more about me and my work at www.edgilbreath.com.