A Game Plan for Discussing your Christian Convictions
Tired of finding yourself flat-footed and intimidated in conversations? Want to increase your confidence and skill in discussions with family, friends, and coworkers? Gregory Koukl offers practical strategies to help you stay in the driver’s seat as you maneuver comfortably and graciously in any conversation about your Christian convictions.
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, and turn the tables. Most importantly, how to get people thinking about Jesus. Soon, your conversations will look more like diplomacy than like a white flag of surrender.
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.
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
C.S. Lewis once said, ‘Any fool can write learned language. The vernacular is the real test.’ In this book, Greg Koukl passes Lewis’s test with flying colors. There are many great arguments in favor of the Christian faith, but many of them are accessible only to professional apologists and philosophers. Koukl has developed a memorable and practical way to translate these arguments so that all Christians can become winsome and persuasive apologists in everyday conversations, no matter what their day jobs. This book should be required reading for every thoughtful Christian. — Jay W. Richards
If you enjoy apologetics, then Greg’s book Tactics is not only a required read, but simply a delightfully entertaining resource. In fact, just try and put it down! Especially for those who struggle with relevant ways to relate to non-Christians while presenting Christian truth, this volume provides many proven methods of natural, non-confrontational dialogue where the purpose is often to simply give an unbeliever something to think about, what Greg calls “placing a stone in someone’s shoe”. Featuring remarkably simple techniques that are easily and fruitfully applied, I highly recommend this incredibly insightful book. — Gary R. Habermas
Part One: The Game Plan
- 1) Diplomacy or D-Day?
- 2) Reservations
- 3) Getting the Driver’s Seat: The Columbo Tactic
- 4) Columbo Step Two: The Burden of Proof
- 5) Step Three: Using Columbo to Lead the Way
- 6) Perfecting Columbo
Part Two: Finding the Flaws
- 7) Suicide: Views that Self-Destruct
- 8) Practical Suicide
- 9) Sibling Rivalry and Infanticide
- 10) Taking the Roof Off
- 11) Steamroller
- 12) Rhodes Scholar
- 13) Just the Facts, Ma’am
- 14) More Sweat, Less Blood
About the Author
Greg Koukl is the founder and president of Stand to Reason. 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 and has been interviewed for the BBC. He also 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 The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between. Also 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 talk show advocating clear-thinking Christianity and defending the Christian worldview.