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Ed Gilbreath, editor of Today's Christian and editor-at-large of Christianity Today, was the first guest for this year's Diversity Lecture Series at Trinity. Gilbreath discussed his latest book Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical's Inside View of White Christianity.

Gilbreath said that his mission, both professionally and personally, is to be used by God as a bridge-builder. He shared stories of his journey from a young boy bussed across the town of Rockford to help integrate a white school to being the first African American editor at Christianity Today.

In writing Reconciliation Blues, which looks at the state of racial reconciliation within evangelical Christianity, Gilbreath said he started with Scripture, specifically Jesus' prayer for unity between believers in John 17.

He also referenced verses in 2 Corinthians 5: So now we regard no one from a worldly point of view.Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.

"We are Christ's ambassadors, we are agents of reconciliation."

Although Gilbreath's purpose in writing the book was to encourage conversation and not to propose an answer to the cultural divide, he does believe that divide is "not too wide for the cross."

"We must pray, listen, and follow the example of Jesus as the ultimate reconciler," he urged. "Our racial unity represents a tangible expression of Christ's love, and when the world sees it in action, that is more compelling than anything that can be preached.

"We are Christ's ambassadors, we are agents of reconciliation."

In addition to his editorial work, Gilbreath has written award-winning articles and is the co-author of the book Gospel Trailblazer: A Black Preacher's Historic Journey Across Racial Lines - the autobiography of evangelist Howard Jones, Billy Graham's first black associate.

Gilbreath and his wife Dana live in the Chicago area with their two children.

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