Everyday Input: Ben Kerr

Everyday Input: Ben Kerr

Every month we post an interview about someone’s everyday input. We do this because it gives us a glimpse into how these people learn and live. We discover the books they read, the websites they frequent, the podcasts they listen to, and the input they use to unwind. You just might find something to add to your queue.

This month, we have Ben Kerr.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Baxter Springs, KS, the son of a preacher man. I married my high school sweetheart and we live in Baxter with our three children. I've been in banking for over 6 years and currently work with small businesses. I enjoy discussing and debating philosophy, ethics, religion, politics, sports, movies... ok, I guess I just like to argue about almost anything. I also like math, fantasy novels, and video games. Yes, I'm a nerd. On the other hand, I've been playing guitar for over 10 years. I mostly play at church now, but I used to play in a band and I still have the occasional gig. I feel like that offsets some of my nerdiness, maybe...

What websites do you frequent most?

I've been enjoying Reddit a lot lately. I'm still kind of new to that world, but I really like the format. Twitch is another website/social platform I've been spending some time on. Twitch is essentially a broadcasting website. Any user can broadcast for free on the site. Most broadcasters stream video games, but there's other stuff. So as a viewer, I watch someone else play a video game. It's super nerdy, I know, but I already admitted to being a nerd, so whatever. Viewers can also interact with the streamer and each other, which makes Twitch a great place to connect with other like-minded people.

What are your three favorite books?

Mere Christianity by CS Lewis
The King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfus
Tactics by Greg Koukl

What are your favorite podcasts?

Radiolab, Stand to Reason, Break It Down, Unbelievable?, and Don't Be Stupid, of course ;)

What input do you use when you want to unwind?

Playing video games or guitar. Both are great because I focus on what I'm doing in that moment, rather than all the "stuff" that's been going on in my life.

What’s the most interesting thing you learned recently?

That there's a version of the classic nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle" in The Lord of Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

What topics are you currently most interested in?

As I write this, it's mid-December, and I always get a fascination with the history of Christmas around this time of year. It's really amazing to look back and see how Christians celebrated the incarnation and how the holiday has evolved over the years.

Who has had the most impact on your worldview?

That's difficult to answer because there isn't one person that stands out way above the rest. But two people that were instrumental in my early adult life were Ravi Zacharias and Greg Koukl. Ravi Zacharias was the first Christian apologist that I read. His book, Jesus Among Other Gods, opened my eyes to the world of apologetics, and that was huge. Shortly after that, I began listening to the Stand to Reason podcast hosted by Greg Koukl. The best thing Greg taught me was how to think well. How to analyze difficult topics criticaly and logically. Those tools have served me well in forming a worldview and challenging my own assumptions.

Anything else you want to add for the readers?

If you play Destiny on Xbox One, add me to your friends list. My gamer tag is POXY17b

Be sure and check out the Don't be stupid. podcast, where you can hear Ben talk with me (and sometimes my wife) about various Christian worldview topics. He's a super smart, and funny, guy.

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