At fifteen, Andrew Harris decided to do something he’d always wanted: support an orphan in a poor country. He just didn’t have the resources. An avid reader of Answers magazine, Andrew saw his opportunity when he noticed the fundraising program the magazine offers. This could fulfill two passions in one deed.
That’s creative thinking to meet a need (of course, it’s also nice that Andrew chose Answers magazine as part of his solution).
Andrew developed his passion for apologetics as he visited church after church with his evangelist father. He realized that many other teens lacked the biblical training he enjoyed. He saw their need and found answers to his own questions, in part through the ministry of Answers magazine.
Now Andrew feels called to be a youth pastor, and he believes that apologetics needs to be an important part of that ministry. “A lot of times in our churches and Christian circles, we just kind of assume that they already know that,” he says, “and we don’t need to teach it . . . . But no, they really don’t know this stuff, and it is our responsibility.”
Effective apologetics, like effective evangelism, requires a mix of passion and creativity—that’s a lesson we all could learn.