The Book of YouTube

A viral-video star wants to make Jesus famous

Annie Marie Musselman for TIME

Bible in had. Bethke prepares to speak to a crush of college-age fans at a Seattle church service

It's a Monday night in Gig Harbor, Wash., and some 300 high schoolers are crammed elbow to elbow to hear Jeff Bethke talk about some of their favorite topics: sex, porn and partying. The young Christians are texting him questions ("How can I convince my boyfriend to wait to have sex? I'm scared he's going to leave me"; "Why can't we do what you did, experiment now and come to God later?"), which the handsome, hoodied 22-year-old answers directly but in a way that keeps the focus on his favorite topic: Jesus. ("Break up with your boyfriend"; "Because Jesus loves you...

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