My family and I are going to be done in Sacramento, California for a Rebelution conference on the 22nd and 23rd.
Alex and Brett Harris are teenage twins from Portland who are, in a way, heading the "Rebelution movement". Their motto is "Do hard Things." It's basically a rebellion against the culture's low expectations for us teenagers. The culture expects teens to be rebellious, sullen, lazy, irresponsible, foolish, self-centered party animals who have no direction in their lives. Though they do not say it explicitly, they advertise it through TV, media, and music. It's everywhere.
So, the Rebelution is for doing hard things for the Lord and rebelling against our culture's expectations. They define the Rebelution as "a teenage rebellion against the low expectations of an ungodly culture." Their theme verse is 1 Timothy 4:12- "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." Click here to read more of what the The Rebelution is all about.
Their website includes their blog, forums, and more. Nathan, my brother, is actually an administrator on their forums.
We first met Alex and Brett and the Harris family at a Homeschooling Conference where they and their father, Greg Harris, gave a session about the benefits of a speech club.
So our family started getting this crazy idea that we could start our own speech club here in Grants Pass. We talked about it with some of our friends and decided to start one. The first year there were just 3 families including us. The 2nd year 2 other families joined. And then the 3rd year our club just exploded. I have grown soo much through speech club and learned so many important things about communication. At times it was pretty scary, but it was through those times that I was able lean on God and trust Him better.
I've heard statistics show that the majority of people today fear public speaking more than they do death. For a long time I was a part of that majority but now, through practice and speech club, it's not nearly as scary as it was before. In fact, it's fun!!! I've never grown so much and had soo much fun as I have through speech club. Praise God for speech club!!! :)
So, back to the Harris family. They inspired us to start a speech club which has been a huge blessing. We were able to get to know them more at speech tournaments and so forth. In fact we recently went and stayed with them for a John Piper conference. They are such a great family with a passion for the Gospel and reforming the culture. Their oldest son, Joshua Harris, is well-known for his book "I Kissed Dating Good-bye" which is well worth reading.
Anyway, we will be gone partly Friday and all day Saturday. I will try to take some pictures and some notes to tell you all about it.
Check out the Rebelution here- www.TheRebelution.com