Written by Ben Berning

I am the fourth of six children and grew up on a four generation dairy farm. I am your typical Wisconsinite; I have a particularly fond liking for cows, cheese, brats, arctic-like winters, beer, the Green Bay Packers, my family, Jesus Christ and His Church (this list is not in any particular order).

Aug 17

I love winning and participation trophies are the worst. Participation trophies encourage laziness, create a false sense of entitlement and make remarkable air-rifle targets.

After my mission trip to the UK, I spent a few hours cleaning and going through my room at my parent’s house. I uncovered everything from my GI Joe to old “love” letters. This time spent “accidentally” breaking things, so to have a reason to throw them away, was time well spent. It was therapeutic. It was enlightening. Listen, sentiments are nice and nice is all they will ever be.

Jun 1

In the same way we want to bury those pictures from the awkward years, we want to bury our mistakes. These memories are essential for our growth. Our whole being, past present and future must be brought to the light. The multiplication of trials that come with acts of sinful duplicity are not the end of the world. There is a deep desire to forget. We don’t need to “forget” God gives us the power to prevail. His mercy is endless. Take courage!

Oct 16

SEEK 2015 is happening this year in Nashville, Tennessee, and I am so flippin’ jazzed about it that it cannot be contained. Everyone needs to experience this conference! Picture yourself at the Gaylord Opryland Resort with 7000+ college students building on dreams and being inspired by 50+ dynamic speakers. From January 1st to January 5th you will experience life like you have never experienced life before. My goodness… I fail to put words to the experience you will have. Just GO! For the sake of your soul, for the sake of the souls you love. So much effort is being put into this specifically for you. You are going to have fun, you are going to make friends, and your life will be renewed.

Oct 9

It perhaps may be evident to you from my last two post that I have a slight inclining to be just an absolute brute of a man. You know, a “macho man”. Like a testosterone raging super-man. Like this guy catching a fish.

The truth of the matter is that authentic masculinity is not found in athleticism, bushy beards or wingtips, rather authentic masculinity is found when a man models his life after Jesus Christ.

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