How to Be a Gardener and Ambassador for Christ: An Interview with Gregory Koukl
by Jonathan Petersen
wrong and won’t accept the Bible as a source of authority? How can you artfully regain control of discussions, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways, comfortably and graciously maneuvering through the minefields of a challenging dialogue to get people thinking about Jesus?
Bible Gateway interviewed Gregory Koukl (@gregkoukl) about his book, Tactics (2nd Edition): A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions (Zondervan, 2019).
What does being a good gardener have to do with effectively defending the Christian faith?
Gregory Koukl: Defending our faith—showing that our convictions are sound, reasonable, and believable—is part of the process of evangelism. It starts with the first words of our first conversation with someone and ends when that person trusts Christ. That process consists of two phases, one long and the other short.
Think for a moment about this obvious truism: Before there can be any harvest, there always has to be a season of gardening. Fruitful harvest, in other words, is always dependent on diligent spadework: sowing, watering, weeding, nurturing. That’s the long season. The short season is the harvest, a task that’s easy once the fruit is ripe…