Edward Gilbreath is director of editorial for Urban Ministries Inc., editor of UrbanFaith.com, and the author of Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical’s Inside View of White Christianity. He blogs at Reconciliation Blog. This article is provided through a partnership with Urban Faith.

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The Parable of Shirley Sherrod

by Edward Gilbreath 07-30-2010
The Shirley Sherrod incident, the latest stumble in our nation's clumsy dance with

Black History Month Syndrome

by Edward Gilbreath 02-26-2010

I've kind of avoided the topic of Black History Month this year until now, almost the end of the month. The reason is, I've been kicking around in my mind this notion of "Black History Month Syndrome." Now, stay with me a minute.

Christian Heroes in Black History

by Edward Gilbreath 02-24-2010

As far as African American history books go, Heroes in Black History<

The Author of Time's Report on Race and Megachurches: Interview with David Van Biema

by Edward Gilbreath 01-12-2010
Racial reconciliation among evangelicals is one of those slippery topics that come and go based on which national leader is currently jazzed about it.

Time's Report on Race and Megachurches: The Backstory

by Edward Gilbreath 01-12-2010
Time magazine's Jan.

Megachurches Make (Some) Progress on Crossing the Racial Divide

by Edward Gilbreath 01-06-2010

As you probably know, one of the big articles making the rounds this week is Time magazine's major report on Willow Creek Community Church and the noteworthy progress being made in evangelical megachurches to bridge the racial divide.

Unconditional Incarnation

by Edward Gilbreath 12-22-2009
O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant ...

Deadly Viper Backlash: Doing the Right Thing is Only the First Step

by Edward Gilbreath 11-20-2009
In case you hadn't heard, Zondervan made a major announcement yesterday regarding the De

Deadly Viper Blind Spots: When Uninformed Intentions Have Hurtful Outcomes

by Edward Gilbreath 11-04-2009
One of the toughest parts of being the author of a book about racial reconciliation is that when the latest racial incident flares up, everyone expects you to chime in with your two cents.

A Child's Prayer and a Parent's Predicament

by Edward Gilbreath 11-04-2009
A Facebook friend sent me a link to a wonderful YouTube video.

Exorcising the Demons of a Church's Racial Divide

by Edward Gilbreath 10-28-2009
On a sad but pivotal day in the late 1780s, several of the African American members of Philadelphia's St.

Chris Rock's 'Good Hair': A Humorous Deconstruction of Stubborn Beauty Standards

by Edward Gilbreath 10-16-2009

One of the big conversations in my household this year has revolved around the question of whether my 9-year-old daughter is ready to get her hair "permed." Some girls at her school have already been initiated into the world of relaxed hair, so the peer pressure is in effect.

Speculating on Obama's Peace Prize Perspective

by Edward Gilbreath 10-12-2009
I can't read the guy's mind, of course, but after the initial, natural response of "Yeah, I got it goin' on," I'm thinking this is what President Obama must've really been thinking upon he

Health Care: Where Do We Go from Here?

by Edward Gilbreath 09-28-2009
Sixteen Christian leaders talk faith, policy, justice, and reform. Featuring Jim Wallis, Harry R.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: A Visual Feast with a Side of Social Commentary

by Edward Gilbreath 09-21-2009

I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much when I first took my seat in the theater to preview Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a 3-D animated comedy based on the popular children's book.

Does President Obama Want to Brainwash Our Kids?

by Edward Gilbreath 09-04-2009
I suppose I'm asking for trouble by going here, but could someone explain to me the current controversy

More Than Beer-Bottle Diplomacy

by Edward Gilbreath 08-13-2009
It has now been a couple of weeks since President Obama convened what was infamously dubbed the "Beer Summit." You know the story by n

Debating Race

by Edward Gilbreath 07-23-2009

Are we living in the golden age of racial debates? Every week seems to bring some new wrinkle in the national conversation about race, class, and ethnicity. And with the emergence of social media, we can now engage in these conversations with ever-greater frequency and intensity.

The Next Evangelicalism: Interview with Soong-Chan Rah, Part 2

by Edward Gilbreath 07-07-2009

The Next Evangelicalism: Interview with Soong-Chan Rah, Part 1

by Edward Gilbreath 07-06-2009

You can't do church in the 21st century without a vision for cultural diversity, says author and theologian Soong-Chan Rah.