The Tactics in Defending the Faith DVD is an interactive group study course created by Stand to Reason. Presented by Greg Koukl, this is designed to be a “plug-and-play” tool for small group study. This short review will give a synopsis of the contents and assessment of its value as a teaching tool.
What’s in the box:
You get a DVD album which contains two DVDs and one data CD. Each DVD contains three 30-minute sessions. The data CD contains a PDF with table of contents, a 109-page student manual, student instructions, a 109-page teacher manual, and teacher instructions.
What’s on the DVDs:
The DVDs contain teaching sessions delivered by Greg Koukl in a church setting. In essence, you will be hearing Greg teaching on the main content of his Tactics for Defending the Faith (see also the book here). The title menu has links to each of the 3 sessions contained on each DVD. As Greg teaches, PowerPoint slides are shown onscreen as you watch. At key moments Greg will instruct the group to do various exercises or group activities outlined in the study guide, which the student will use as they watch. Here are the titles of each of the sessions:
- Session 1: Learning the “Columbo” Tactic
- Session 2: Refining the “Columbo” Tactic
- Session 3: Perfecting the “Columbo” Tactic
- Session 4: The “Suicide” Tactic
- Session 5: The “Taking the Roof Off ” Tactic
- Session 6: The “Steamroller” Tactic
The quality of the physical product:
The DVDs are provided in a standard quality album. The actual discs have been labeled with full-face color-printed labels. The six PowerPoint slides (1 for each session) are simple and attractive. (They are only needed if you don’t use the DVDs to do the teaching.) The really impressive part is the 109-page PDF study guides, suitable for printing and putting in a binder. This is very well produced, thorough, and will actually add a lot to the teaching. Excellent material.
The quality of the actual content:
For those familiar with Greg Koukl’s Tactics in the Defending the Faith, this is his excellent, tried and true content. There is nothing new here as far as the Tactics content goes – but it is presented in a way specifically designed for small groups to interact and master the material. The way STR put it together seems to accomplish that purpose very well.
Who will find this useful:
This is a great resource for those who run small groups, home groups, apologetics study groups, or Sunday school classes. The materials provided allow the DVDs to do the teaching part, while the group leader can facilitate the discussion. For a practical, accessible DVD resource that teaches Christians how to be good ambassadors this is a great choice.
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