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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.

©2011 Gregory Koukl (P)2011 Zondervan

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178 of 190 people found the following review helpful By B. Auten on 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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81 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 27, 2013
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Greg Koukl, who holds two MA degrees in both apologetics and philosophy, is a professor and public figure who debates about religion, worldviews and culture. His experience in sharing the Christian faith and the Christian worldview in the public arena makes him an ideal candidate to write about how believers can share their convictions.

In Tactics, Koukl's goal is to teach the "Ambassador Model." This model is characterized by the author as "diplomatic." This means the "approach trades more on friendly curiosity...than on confrontation (20)." His goal is to teach the reader "how to navigate in conversations so that you stay in control...(20)." To do this Koukl teaches his readers tactics.

Koukl's biblical warrant comes from Mt. 10:16 where Jesus says, " be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." Commenting on Jesus' words Koukl writes, "Even though there is real warfare going on, our engagements should look more like diplomacy than D-Day (19)." After the first chapter, where Koukl primarily introduces his ideas, he moves to defend his methodology of engagement against those who would have "Reservations" about "arguing" with unbelievers about the Christians faith. It is in chapter two where Koukl claims that arguing is a virtue (31-32).

Beginning in chapter three, Koukl introduces his arsenal of tactics. The "Columbo" tactic occupies his discussion in chapters three through six. The key to the Columbo tactic is "to go on the offensive in an inoffensive way by using carefully selected questions to productively advance the conversation (47)."

After walking the reader through three steps to perfecting the Columbo, Koukl begins chapter seven with a series of non-Christian ideas that "self-destruct.
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