rebelling against low expectations

More Maryland Conference Photos


Check the Gaithersburg 2008 set on Flickr for over 100 new photos — by two incredible photographers — of an amazing day. Soli Deo gloria!

Photo Credit: Mandy Novotny

Our older brother, Joel, and his team lead the room in rebelutionary worship.

Photo Credit: Mandy Novotny

“I know I am loved by the King, and it makes my heart want to sing…”

Photo Credit: Christina Dickson

“Jesus, spotless Lamb of God, You bought me with Your blood…”

Photo Credit: Mandy Novotny

“Now I would value none beside, Jesus crucified, may You be glorified in me…”

Photo Credit: Mandy Novotny

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About the author

Alex and Brett Harris

are the co-founders of and co-authors of Do Hard Things and Start Here. They have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, and basketball. They are both graduates of Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.


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  • i love worship time, and all the songs that are sung. looks amazing, and reminds me of the dallas conference i was at 🙂

  • God is so good! those pictures are great… what an awesome day that was! i’ll always remember it.

  • These are truly great pictures. Please let your photographers know that we really appreciate their service in using their skill with photography to capture God’s grace at work at these conferences.

  • This day was so so so incredible I am so happy God brought me there. I had never been to one of those mass conferences before (like this, or impact, etc), and it was so incredibly moving! Thank you SO much to everyone who made this event happen.

  • The guy in the Air Force shirt was standing just a little way from us, and then his dad ran up the stairs (the blur to the right) and they both started crying. The entire thing was very, very amazing. I felt like I could reach out and touch the Holy Spirit winging his way through the room.

  • Those pictures are truly beautiful! I greatly appreciate the work that the photographers put into taking these pictures, they are excellent!

  • Beautiful photos…they capture so much emotion. I could basically only get stage pics from my seat, so these were great to look through. Kudos to the photographers! I saw them running around hard at work. 🙂

  • I really wish I could’ve been there. Photography speaks a lot to me..and all I’ve got to say is that next time there’s a conference, I’m coming.

  • Oh wow! Mandy and Christina are awesome photographers and great friends! They can really do some damage to the mediocre-youth-conference mentality! (Well, Alex and Brett, you can do some major damage there, as well. But for all of us who missed the opportunity to be there, the pictures are the next best thing.)

    Blessings all!

  • Those are amazing photos! I really enjoyed viewing them! I’m glad there are some great pictures from one of the best days of my life! 🙂

  • That looks incredible. I’ve just discovered The Rebelution through a friend and am looking forward to the 2009 conferences! Thank you guys so much for stepping out on faith and sharing with us all your experiences on how to Do Hard Things. Your vision has challenged me at a time when I truly needed it. Thank you.

  • Wow! As I was looking at these pictures, I was amazed to see what God is doing. Here were thousands of teenagers packing into this church to learn about “doing hard things!” This is such a God thing. Because, like, “normal” aren’t suppose to care about conferences or meetings where they are challenged and stretched to Do Hard Things for God. I have been so blessed by the book and this website….it’s awesome to know that there are so many other people my age who want to be live differently with a purpose. Praise Jesus!

  • Awesome pictures…. I really wish I could have been there. A friend lent me your book a few months ago, and it totally turned me around in my walk with Christ. I had been slipping in my faith, and your book shook me back and I’ve never been so close to God as I have since I read it. I just want to really thank you guys…..

  • The Rebelution Conference was so encouraging!! I gained so much from it!! I keep thinking “Do Hard Things” and it helps me so much to do things with a joyful heart that I would normally complain about. I have already had a chance to share all about what it means to be a “Rebelutionary” by quoting from the book, giving examples from the sessions and from lending the book to a friend the same day of the conference and hearing their positive response … thanks to the t-shirts which inspired our conversation!!! haha!! I am so greatful!! I am able to read Do Hard Things with friends and it has helped me to grow my relationships, share veiw points of the conference, and so much more!! I can’t thank you guys enough!

  • Does anyone know how I can get some promo DVDs? One of the leaders at my church asked me to bring a few on Sunday but I don’t know how to get them. Thanks! 🙂

  • from the book entitled “The End Of Poverty,” by Jeffrey Sachs…I paraphrase:

    “Currently, more than eight million people around the world die each year for no other reason than that they are simply too poor to stay alive.

    Every morning our newspapers could report, ‘More than 20,000 people perished yesterday of extreme poverty.’

    The stories would put the stark numbers in context – up to 8,000 children dead of malaria, 5,000 mothers and fathers dead of tuberculosis, 7,500 young adults dead of AIDS, and thousands more dead of diarrhea, respiratory infection, and other killer diseases that prey on bodies weakened by chronic hunger. The poor die in hospitals that lack drugs, in villages that lack antimalarial bed nets, in houses that lack safe drinking water. They die namelessly, without public comment, for no other reason than that they are simply too poor to stay alive.”

    I have an idea for a way to help if you will be in touch.

    [email protected]

  • This was such a terrific day! Everything was amazing… seeing all those people come to Christ was awesome!!! Two of my friends gave their life to Christ that day. Thank you Alex and Brett for doing hard things for the lord!

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rebelling against low expectations

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