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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Bror Erickson on 01-26-16

Christian Convictions Shouldn't be Christless

Overall, I enjoyed this book and find that it will be helpful to many seasoned and unseasoned apologists alike. I really enjoyed the book’s emphasis on remaining calm while discussing Christian convictions, and asking questions. The Colombo tactic is perhaps the best part of the book. “Act like Colombo.” That means to ask a lot of stupid questions and let your opponent do the work. In the course of discussing various conversational tactics, Gregory Koukl takes on many common attacks against the Christian faith and exposes their weakness. Some of these vignettes are truly superb. I also like the encouragement he gives throughout the book. Just getting up to bat is enough in itself. Don’t beat yourself up if you think you “failed.” There truly is a lot in here that is worth chewing on.
The book is about discussing Christian convictions, not the Christian faith. That is perhaps my greatest problem with the book. When taking Christian apologetics in undergrad, my mentor, Dr. Rod Rosenbladt, use to drum into us that “You can discuss creation vs. evolution with a damned evolutionist for six years, and when you are done and have convinced him of creation, all you have done is taken a damned evolutionist and made him into a damned creationist.” His point was that you still had not gotten to the topic of Christ and the cross, the gospel of salvation. He suggested that if you didn’t start there, you certainly wanted to get the conversation there as fast as possible. So at the beginning of the book, I found it a bit frustrating that Gregory goes out of his way to say that it doesn’t always have to be about that…. Though later in the book he does speak about the importance of it.
It seems to me, that Christian convictions are convictions that flow from our Christian faith, that is, our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the salvation of man. If we have a conviction that doesn’t stem from this central event in the Christian faith, we might ask ourselves if it is Christian. So I don’t know why one would choose, for example, to talk to a modern pagan about abortion when you could just as well talk about Christ. Odds are, you make them a Christian by talking to them about the gospel and they will give up the culture of death like a grown man gives up the things of a child, same for evolution, and a myriad of other topics.
Perhaps at times, you need to explain why your convictions are Christian convictions, even to other Christians. At this time, I would find many of Greg’s examples and tactics to be quite useful. But without Christ, we are just another religion of law. No one is saved by being anti-abortion or pro-life, but many are made to be pro-life by being Christian. Though, if we are addressing the public about changing laws concerning abortion, we might do well to come up with arguments that appeal to the secular mind.
I found the intonation of the reader to be a bit pedantic and annoying. I think it might have been better read by the author who has made his living on the radio and T.V.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tomek on 07-06-13


If you could sum up Tactics in three words, what would they be?

Wise, God focused

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Colombo

Any additional comments?

Absolutely incredible. I'm a blue collar surrounded by unbelievers and i constantly get attacked by questions. This book gives tips and ways to break down what people try to "school me" with, and even better, it's focused on a Christian way, by not ending the conversation with the person offended. I want to spread the good news, this has helped so much :)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr. An Te on 02-11-18

It's been a riveting listen.

It's been a wonderful audiobook. Packed with many common sense tips on how to share our faith and get to to the truth of the matter. Highly recommended for all levels.

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