One of the challenges for me in wrestling with issues of race and the church is that, as a young man, I was woefully ignorant of so much of the story of black Christians in America. I doubt I am alone in this.
When I began to teach at Gordon-Conwell, I naturally was assigned the Church History courses, which set me on the path towards research into modern American history. I am still functionally a novice in many of these areas, but the path has been rewarding. I am still ignorant of so much of this story, but at least I know my ignorance better.