When I started preaching the gospel of Christ an older preacher suggested that I build my library around debate books. At the time I was not really sure why he made such a suggestion, but now the reasons are abundantly clear. Truth shines brighter when plainly contrasted with error. Over the years I have become a collector of debate books -- over 250 are now in my library. Reading these debates has served to give me the boldness all preachers need in presenting the gospel of Christ. Having engaged in several debates myself, I take joy in preaching the gospel to the lost and shutting the mouths of false teachers.
Out of all the debate books I own the McPherson-Bogard Debate is one of my favorites. Ben Bogard was the greatest debater the Baptist church has ever produced. Bogard debated many of my brethren and always proved himself to be an honorable and worthy opponent. Baptist preachers of our day lack the conviction their brethren had in days gone by. Aimee Semple McPherson was the founder of the Foursquare Gospel Church.
The McPherson-Bogard Debate has been out of print for many years. I have wanted to put the book in print for the past few years but have always been hindered by a lack of finances for such a project. However, with the advent of the Internet this debate can once again serve to instruct many.