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Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions [Kindle Edition]

Gregory Koukl
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In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to get in the driver’s seat, keeping any conversation moving with thoughtful, artful diplomacy.

You’ll learn how to maneuver comfortably and graciously through the minefields, stop challengers in their tracks, turn the tables and—most importantly—get people thinking about Jesus. Soon, your conversations will look more like diplomacy than D-Day.

Drawing on extensive experience defending Christianity in the public square, Koukl shows you how to:

- Initiate conversations effortlessly
- Present the truth clearly, cleverly, and persuasively
- Graciously and effectively expose faulty thinking
- Skillfully manage the details of dialogue
- Maintain an engaging, disarming style even under attack

Tactics provides the game plan for communicating the compelling truth about Christianity with confidence and grace.


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With the advantage of a lifetime of experience, Greg Koukl has written what must be considered THE authoritative treatment of how to employ various strategies in conversations with unbelievers about the Christian faith. Tactics is not just another apologetics book. It is a sensitive, well-written, widely illustrated treatment of actual situations that often come up when believers share their faith. Koukl not only reminds us it is not enough to know why you believe, it is also crucial to know how to communicate those beliefs by adapting to various situations. And Tactics shows precisely how to do that. -- J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology <br><br>

About the Author

Gregory Koukll holds MA degrees in both apologetics and philosophy. He's spoken on over 50 university campuses and hosted his own radio talk show for 18 years defending 'Christianity Worth Thinking About.' Greg is founder and president of Stand to Reason (str.org) and serves as adjunct professor of Christian apologetics at Biola University.

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  • File Size: 381 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310282926
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 26, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLKXIO
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160 of 170 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful and applicable. February 3, 2009
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This week I received my copy of Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Greg Koukl. I was anxious to have a look at the book, as I have been following Greg Koukl's ministry of Stand to Reason for a number of years. On one hand, I was excited to see in book form what I have heard Koukl demonstrate so many times on his live radio program: an effective and gracious way to communicate one's faith in an articulate and winsome way. On the other hand, my familiarity with Koukl's Tactics audio program made me wonder if this was just a repackaging of the same material. I was thoroughly surprised. I'm a reader - but it's been a while since I have devoured a book.

Tactics is an immediately practical book. The author's heart is that Christians be equipped to be good ambassadors. An ambassador has three skills: "knowledge, an accurately informed mind; wisdom, an artful method; and character, an attractive manner." Koukl describes the goal of a tactical approach - one that seeks to converse more persuasively by being thoughtful and reasonable, rather than emotional, about one's convictions.

In a very balanced way, Koukl carefully introduces this approach and neutralizes some of the negative connotations that come with sharing and defending the faith. Some people immediately object at the idea of argumentation or "methods." However, Koukl summarizes a more biblical approach:

"Here's the key principle: Without God's work, nothing else works; but with God's work, many things work. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit, love persuades. By the power of God, the gospel transforms. And with Jesus at work, arguments convince. God is happy to use each of these methods."

Now Koukl dives into the meat of the book.
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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Applicable February 17, 2009
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I have a bit of an aversion to books on apologetics. I don't know exactly why this is, but it may be that many of them seem to teach methods of defending the faith that either manipulate or bludgeon. Somehow grace and apologetics do not seem to go together as they ought. So it was with perhaps just a bit of reluctance that I began reading Gregory Koukl's Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. This is a book that promises to teach a new method, a respectful method, of defending the faith and of attempting to convince others of the truth of Christianity. This is not an apologetics 101 text, as in a book that will compare and contrast various apologetic methods; instead, it is a guide, a book that seeks to lead the reader into a new method of sharing his faith with others.

"If you're like a lot of people who pick up a book like this, you would like to make a difference for the kingdom, but you are not sure how to begin. I want to give you a game plan, a strategy to get involved in a way you never thought you could, yet with a tremendous margin of safety." Here is what Koukl promises--he sets no small goal. "I am going to teach you how to navigate in conversations so that you stay in control--in a good way--even though your knowledge is limited. You may know nothing about answering challenges people raise against what you believe. You may even be a brand new Christian. It doesn't matter. I am going to introduce you to a handful of effective maneuvers--I call them tactics--that will help you stay in control."

This tactical approach is a useful one, for it allows you to stay "in the driver's seat in conversations, so you can productively direct the discussion, exposing faulty thinking and suggesting more fruitful alternatives along the way.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book on Apologetics February 6, 2009
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Apologetics is a subject that can create a variety of reactions from those who hear the word. Some like apologetics and work to do well at it. Others really dislike what is perceived as aggressive behavior and just get turned off by the whole idea. They argue it's better to build relationships and such. Well, it's been my experience that apologetics is a way of defending the Christian faith that is flexible enough that it can work well with complete strangers and with long time friends in need of the Lord. Still there are others who think of apologetics and just plain get scared if not overwhelmed. Those who get worried about sharing their faith often think of those aggressive scenes we all saw at the campus square or they think apologetics has to be confrontational and aggressive - well, sometimes yes, but most of the time, not at all. What Koukl presents can be done over a cup of coffee or while hanging out watching the ball game.

If you like apologetics, Gregory Koukl's book Tactics will just give you more tools to work with. If you are one who gets scared there is hope out there for you! Koukl's book is designed for the novicewho doesn't know much about how apologetics works or even for the one who thinks they need to have the Bible down pat and have all this information and knowledge. The truth is, all you need is a willing heart and desire to see friends, family, or co-workers come to know the Lord. Nothing in this book will get you to convert people right out of the box - but it will help you get people to think through the reasons for why they believe what they believe.

A key principle in the book is:

Without God's work, nothing else works; but with God's work, many things work. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit, love persuades.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical guide for defending the faith.
'Tactics' is one of the best books on Apologetics I've ever read. Every once in a while you find a book that you never permanently put down. Read more
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More About the Author

Greg Koukl is the founder and president of Stand to Reason (www.str.org). Greg started out thinking he was too smart to become a Christian and ended up giving his life for the defense of the Christian faith. A central theme of Greg's speaking and writing is that Christianity can compete in the marketplace of ideas when it's properly understood and properly articulated.

Greg's teaching has been featured on Focus on the Family radio, he's been interviewed for the BBC, and did a one-hour national television debate with Deepak Chopra on Lee Strobel's "Faith Under Fire." Greg has been quoted in U.S. News & World Report, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the L.A. Times. An award-winning writer, Greg is author of Tactics: A Gameplan to Discuss Your Christian Convictions, Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air with Francis J. Beckwith, and Precious Unborn Human Persons. Greg has spoken on more than 50 university and college campuses both in the U.S. and abroad.

Greg received his Masters in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Talbot School of Theology, graduating with high honors, and his Masters in Christian Apologetics from Simon Greenleaf University. He is an adjunct professor in Christian apologetics at Biola University.

He hosts Stand to Reason's radio talk show advocating clear-thinking Christianity and defending the Christian worldview. Find more of Greg Koukl's resources at www.str.org.

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