Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

by Gregory Koukl

Other authorsLee Strobel (Foreword)
Paperback, 2019



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Zondervan (2019), Edition: Anniversary, 288 pages


This expanded anniversary edition includes updates and expansions of existing tactics, as well as the addition of an all-new tactic and a chapter on Mini Tactics filled with simple maneuvers to aid in discussions. 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. In Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You'll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and how to turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. Most important, you'll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus. Tactics provides the game plan for communicating the compelling truth about Christianity with confidence and grace. Drawing on extensive experience defending Christianity in the public square, Koukl shows readers 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.… (more)

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LibraryThing member graycrew
Excellent book to teach the Christian that when people make statements, assertions, or opinions it's not our responsibility to defend our side. Koukl shows the reader that by asking probing questions the Christian can direct the conversation, and once motives, biases, and definitions are known they
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can then make a truthful assertion of their own by asking leading questions.

This is a great book and a quick read!
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LibraryThing member jimmoz
This is a very helpful presentation on techniques to improve communicating with others on spiritual matters, and it would likely apply to other areas of disagreement as well.
-- In a given situation with another, what one thing can I say/ask that will promote thinking or a conversation? No need to
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do it all; "put a pebble in his shoe."
-- Don't get overwrought about getting to the gospel; look for the sheep who seems to take notice (J 10:27-28).
-- In replying to someone, ask an open-ended question (Columbo tactic). "What do you mean by that?" "Tell me more."
-- Then, if someone makes an assertion, put them on the hook. "How did you come to that conclusion?" (Whoever presents an argument has the responsibility to back it up. Gently press them for the reasons for their belief.
-- Don't let yourself get caught in a bind. "Let me think about that." This gives you time to get a good reply, and sets up the next discussion. Can be preceded by, "Would you explain that more?" This is good with a powerful opponent, or with a new topic.
-- To begin to challenge someone: "Have you ever considered...." "Can you help me understand something..." This is when you see a hole in their position.
-- If you think you are going to be challenged on a controversial topic, maybe precede your opinion by asking, "Do you consider yourself a tolerant person?" Box them into committing to respect your opinion, and then call them on it if they do not.
-- Suicide -- when an argument dies from its own weaknesses. Ex: "There is no truth." (Is this a true statement?) "You can't know anything for sure." (How do you know that?)
-- Taking the roof off -- Try to follow what happens if the principle of the argument is followed on out. Will it fail?
-- Scholars, experts -- Their field may not be applicable to the matter in question. Also, do they merely give an opinion, or also the reasons for that opinion?
-- Facts -- Be as specific as possible in your own statements. Look for facts in the opposing position. Do they look plausible?
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288 p.; 8 inches


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