rebelling against low expectations

AuthorChristopher Witmer

is the 24-year-old Editor-in-Chief for TheRebelution.com. Originally from Northern Minnesota, he lives with his family in Los Angeles where they moved to plant inner-city churches. He loves sports, travel, and music, but his passion is writing for God and lifting high the name of Jesus through his writing.

Yet, I Have Hope

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I write this poem on the eve of the 2020 election as a reflective, occasionally silly and exaggerated reminder to be grounded in my one true hope: Jesus and his unshakeable Kingdom, not in earthly politics (during these exaggerated times). I hope it’s a comforting reminder to you as well. Yet, I have hope. It could be that by this time tomorrow We’ll all be drowning in sorrow. Or by...

5 Phrases Teens Should Start Using During Intense Discussions (Navigating Disagreements part 4)

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Have you ever been involved in an intense discussion? Perhaps it was with your siblings or your parents or with a friend. I’m not talking about an excited conversation, such as you might have about whether or not Lebron James is a better basketball player than Michael Jordan or whether or not Minnesota is a more beautiful state than Michigan. Those conversations might sound intense–people...

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7 Ways Christian Young People Can Navigate Disagreements Better (Part 3)

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I am grieving for my people and my church. The world feels turned upside down. I imagine, for our generation, just saying the word “2020” will become synonymous with anger and bitter fighting. “It’s 2020 all over again.” Unfortunately, teenagers are stuck right in the middle of it. No doubt, over the past year you’ve sat through countless discussions about COVID-19 or the economic shutdowns or...

Christian Teens: Lean Into Hard Conversations (part 2)

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“I just wanted you to know that I am bisexual.” What would your response be if one of your good friends told you this? For many Christian teens, it would probably be scary. I know it’s scary for me–and I’m not even a teenager anymore. Topics, such as one’s sexuality, are really sensitive, hot-button issues. It could make or break your friendship. An easy out for teens would be “Hey, we’re...

We’re Tired: How Christian Young People Can Navigate Disagreements (Part 1)

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Deep sigh. I don’t know how to start this article–I’ve been procrastinating finishing it for weeks (and now it has turned into a series)! I was going to name and address some of the disagreements our country (for us Americans at least) and church are dealing with head on. I was going to talk about how divided we are and what we can do to navigate the sharp fights we’ve been having. I was...

100 Hard Things Quarantine Style (and other news)

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In Case You Missed It #1 Over the weekend, The Rebelution released two video readings from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on our Do Hard Things Facebook page in celebration of Easter. #2 We published an article asking the question HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND TO DISAPPOINTMENT? by Michael Longerbeam #3 And, one of our writers, Elizabeth Davis has published an excellent piece on FIGHTING...

Easter in Narnia

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It’s been a rough couple of weeks, what with cancelled plans and postponed weddings and last-minute homeschooling (for some–for others it was old hat). Cancelled Easter plans aren’t any less disappointing. My church has a tradition of camping together over Easter Sunday, which obviously isn’t happening anymore. Other people had Passion plays to perform or breakfasts to...

NEWS UPDATE: Ingenious 21 Year Old, Prime Minister Intensive Care, an Unrelated Space News

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In Case You Missed It: TheReb’s Katherine Forster has put together a playlist to listen to during the quarantine. And Sara Willoughby has written a terrific article about maintaining purpose during COVID-19 quarantine. The Difference Between Isolation and Quarantine Isolation is separating those with confirmed infections from other people, so that they can get better without infecting...

4 Reasons We Should Obey the Government’s Stay-At Home Orders

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Its Friday April 3, day sixteen of official “stay-at-home” orders here in California. I went outside to check on the world, and amazingly it was still spinning! Got some updates for you. In case you missed it One of our senior editor, Sara Barratt, wrote an excellent article on HOW TO LIVE AS THE CHURCH (EVEN WHEN YOU CAN’T GO TO CHURCH). Amber Ginter published an article (just today) titled IT’S...

17 Year Old Skye Peterson Releases Her Second EP (a conversation)

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Skye Peterson is definitely someone Rebelutionaries should know about. She’s been making music since she was a child and writing music seriously since she was a young teen. Now, she’s seventeen and just released her second EP record. The daughter of long-time recording artist and fantasy author, Andrew Peterson, Skye was planning to tour with her dad to sing the songs from her record...

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