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‘Off the Cuff’ with Sean McDowell

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA ― Dr. Sean McDowell is an Assistant Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University. He’s a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular, young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, Sean speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities, and conferences. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Stephanie, and the couple has three children. He chatted with JournoNews.

My secret pleasure is … Chocolate peanut butter ice cream

My first job was … Resident Assistant in college

My most annoying habits are … biting my nails

A clear childhood memory is … going to the Final Four championship with my dad

What makes me nervous is … turbulence on a plane

The best advice my parents gave me was … to stay faithful to my wife and love my kids

If I weren’t a Professor and Youth Worker, I’d be a … sportscaster

I’m most thankful for … my family

My favorite meal is … spaghetti and meatballs

I know it’s good for me, but I hate … stretching

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A book I love is … The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri Nouwen

My ‘happy place’ is … Home

My most embarrassing memory is … misstating some words in a speech. I was supposed to say “peanut” but, well, something else came out

My hidden skill is … ping pong

If I were a dog, I’d be a … I would never be a dog. I’d be a cheetah

It’s a bit corny, but I love … 80s music

A song that resonates is … Faithfully by Journey

I’m most at peace when … I’m with my family

The country I’d love to visit … Ireland

Favorite quote … Anything by John Wooden, such as, “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”


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