William R. Bouknigh, 5 Beliefs Worth Dying For.Anderson, IN: Bristol House, 2010. 117 pages. ISBN: 978-1-885224-72-9
James O. (Jim) Jones
THE ARMINIAN MAGAZINE. Issue 1. Spring 2012. Volume 30.
Date Posted July, 02, 2012
Dr. William (Bill) Bouknight served five churches in South Carolina from 1966 until 1994 and was Senior Pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, TN from 1994 until his retirement in 2007. During his thirteen years in that position, over 4000 new members joined the church with over one-third of them joining by profession of faith. Now residing once again in South Carolina, he currently serves on the Executive Committee of the United Methodist Congress on Evangelism and is the Associate Director of the Confessing Movement within The United Methodist Church. In addition Dr. Bouknight served as a Chaplain in the Army National Guard for 27 years, retiring in 1994 with the rank of Brigadier General.
Having authored several books, this latest offering is a small, easy to read edition written on a popular level. This is in no way a complaint. The book is a clear, concise, uncompromising presentation of five key doctrines of the Christian faith – the Inspiration of Scripture, the Virgin Birth of Christ, the Substitutionary Atonement of Christ, the Physical Resurrection of Christ, and the Return of Christ. It is as doctrinally conservative as if it were written by the Apostle Paul himself, and is valuable for both personal reading and group study.
Those who know me understand my passion for the teaching and training of church laity, and this is exactly the target audience for this writing. It is certainly a book I will add to the recommended reading list for those in our Wesley Institute program. I would also recommend it to teachers looking for a study for teen Sunday School or Youth Group as each of the fourteen small chapters can easily hold one's attention with the use of many illustrations, stories, and analogies that help nail down the truth of these doctrines. There may be no new truth revealed here for trained conservative pastors and teachers, but it can be a very useful tool for people in the local church classroom.