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How Apologetics Can Change a Life

by Sean McDowell

Last summer I spoke at a week-long youth camp. After one of my talks, a youth pastor asked me if I was willing to briefly meet with one of his students. I happily said yes and then quickly learned that the student had been struggling with severe depression for the past 2-3 years.

In these kinds of instances, I always ask myself, “Can I really help? What can I say to genuinely encourage this young person?”

His depression stemmed largely from his parents’ recent divorce and his experience of bullying at school. In a moment of candor, he told me that he just wanted to be known and loved. And yet he had some sincere questions about the Christian faith he wanted to ask me.

I was happy to minister to this young man by trying to answer his questions. But it turns out the youth pastor ministered much more deeply to me. Let me explain…
 

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