How Good Questions Can Answer Tough Challenges | Ep. 82 w/ Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl returns to the podcast to talk about his new book ‘Street Smarts: Using Questions to Answer Christianity’s Toughest Challenges.’

How would you respond if someone presented a challenge to the truth claims of Christianity? Would you be nervous? Feel ill-equipped? What if you could eliminate your anxiety, take control of intimidating conversations, and help others think more clearly about their views and the truth of Scripture?

The key to all of this? Asking good questions.

That’s what Greg Koukl’s latest book, Street Smarts, is all about. Greg is back on the podcast to talk about how questions can help answer Christianity’s toughest challenges.

Koukl has hosted his call-in radio show Stand to Reason for over 30 years, has written many helpful books including Tactics: A Gameplan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions.

Street Smarts picks up where Tactics left off, providing model questions and example conversations to effectively discuss your Christian beliefs, even on hot-button issues such as moral relativism, the authenticity of Scripture, the gospel, abortion, marriage, gender, and more.

In this discussion we’ll talk about:

  • How Greg became involved in apologetics
  • How Street Smarts expands on the book Tactics
  • The difference between harvesting and gardening when it comes to evangelism
  • The benefits of asking questions in difficult conversations
  • How we can be better equipped to engage with others on difficult, controversial issues

Watch or listen to our conversation below and learn how you can utilize good questions to answer difficult challenges.

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Meet Our Guest

Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl has hosted his call-in radio talk show for more than 33 years defending “Christianity worth thinking about.” He is founder and president of Stand to Reason and serves as adjunct professor of Christian apologetics at Biola University. He is the author of many books including Tactics, which we talked about back on Episode 29, and the new book Street Smarts: Using Questions to Answer Christianity’s Toughest Challenges.

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Using Questions to Answer Christianity’s Toughest Challenges
Street Smarts offers model questions and sample dialogues to help guide believers in persuasive conversations about hot-button issues


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Clay Kraby: Well, Greg Koukl, welcome back to the Reasonable Theology podcast.

Greg Koukl: Well, Clay, it’s really good to be back with you again. We did this, a few years ago, and it’s nice to revisit, our relationship and our conversation. Thanks.

Clay Kraby: Absolutely. And I’ll be sure to link to that. If folks didn’t hear it, we had a chance to talk about your very well-known, best-selling book, Tactics, which I’m sure will come up once or twice in our conversation. Now, as we talk about this new book, Street Smarts.

Clay Kraby: Before we get into that, though, could you share if someone hasn’t come across you, hasn’t come across Stand to Reason, could you tell a little bit about what Stand to Reason is and how you got started in apologetics ministry?

Greg Koukl: Yeah, well, those are two different things. I got started in apologetics when, 50 years ago, I became a Christian. I had my spiritual birthday about a month ago, half a century ago, and I was 23 years old…

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