tacticsA while ago I was sent a preview copy of Tactics by Gregory Koukl from Zondervan.  A big thank you to them for giving me the privilege to read such a helpful book.

At the church where I work at the moment we have spent much of the last three months focusing in the youth work on evangelism and apologetics.  It’s been great to see young people trying to share their faith, trying to answer the questions and challenges their friends have, so in many ways it could not have been more timely to receive a book on how to better use apologetics.

In the UK at least, the same questions and issues come up: suffering, the arrogance of God, homosexuality, and so on; and yet many Christians let alone young people and students seem incapable of being able to answer the questions.  In one sense Koukl’s book won’t help, it doesn’t give you pat down answers for these issues, it simply encourages you to read your Bible and other Christian resources more.  But where it is truly brilliant, and something I’ve not seen before, is it shows ways in which you can create scaffolding for your points, or how to take down the other persons, at times, ridiculous claims – regardless of the issue.  Unless you’ve learnt how to debate this is a great tool to be given, and one that even following a theology degree full of class debates, I will be coming back to time and time again.

Grammatically it is easy to read, but there is a reasonable amount of philosophical thought in the book, so probably not one to give every teenager in the youth ministry, but certainly one I will be throwing out to some of our 16+ year olds.  If you have a big student ministry this could be a book you want small groups or prayer triplets to be sitting and reading.

When February comes, go get yourself a copy of this book – there isn’t anything else like this that I’ve read, and yet it is so needed.

Chris
cskidd1983@gmail.com
Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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