This post is long overdue – that said, I highly recommend to all my brothers and sisters in Christ to read Greg Koukl’s book Tactics!
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This book was not only extremely informative about defending the Christian worldview by utilizing a sound and skillful argument, but it was quite convicting to me personally. Believers are faced with a world that is lost, in rebellion, and separated from God; the Truth has been under attack since creation and Tactics provides a well spring of sound reasoning tactics, that will at a minimum, put a nice little “rock” in the unbeliever's shoe; giving them something they will be forced to remember as they try to live a life arguing for things they call “true” [abortion, evolution, gay marriage, atheism etc...].
If you get frustrated or angry at those who argue for irrational conclusions, built around an argument entrenched in poor logic and indefensible conclusions disguised as science or secular philosophy, this book will change your entire approach. Paul reasoned and argued with anyone he could find at the synagogues, he did not call them names or dismiss them as simply “morons” – my favorite name calling tactic; he knew better than I when that was appropriate and when it was not. Koukl’s book reminded me, I as a believer - must be obedient to God and that calls us to be ambassadors for Christ, not ambassadors of our own personal likes and dislikes. We must remember, our arguments and positions are not built on a foundation of personal opinions, but rather God’s eternal word. Science, reason, and logic are all on God's side.
The apostle Paul knew all too well, that we must spend time maturing believers, not just “winning” them. Koukl’s book does just that. When believers help each other to become reproducing disciples, we will indeed turn the word upside down (Acts 17:5-7). There are those in the world who will most assuredly reject it, but Jesus promised that His sheep will hear His voice (John 10:16; 10:27; 18:37; Rev 3:20).