rebelling against low expectations

AuthorChristopher Witmer

is the 24-year-old Editor-in-Chief for 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.

“What do happy teens do?”

It’s an unfortunate reality that our generation struggles intensely with anxiety and depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 32% of teens 13-18 years old struggle with an anxiety disorder. There’s a lot we could (and should) go into here, but it makes you wonder what’s causing this and what can teens do to reverse the trend? What do happy teens do? I...

The Song Every Teen with Depression Needs to Hear


In case you haven’t heard yet, Lauren Daigle just recently dropped her full album, Look Up Child. It’s amazing. Even before she released the entire album, the singles pre-released were making significant waves within the industry as they each dropped, with the title track even making Apple Music’s coveted “World Record” playlist. Anyways, the second track on the...

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“Come Along and Find Out”–Worrying about the Future


It’s school season (if you haven’t noticed). And with it, the school season brings many things: friends, full-schedules, the thrill of learning, homework, late night study sessions, early morning study sessions, teachers, tests, projects, drama–it goes on and on. But what it brings the most is a pile of unknowns. And with the unknowns come questions… Questions about whether you’ll be...

Check Out TheReb’s New Design! (We’re pretty tickled about it)


It’s hard to believe it was ten years ago when Do Hard Things came out. Some of us can barely remember a time we weren’t familiar with the phrase “do hard things.” For others of us, it’s a revolutionary new concept we’ve only recently discovered and started applying to our lives. (And still others of us are ten-years familiar with it and still learning to apply it to our lives.) In any case, Do...

“Empty the Trash” and 9 Other Ways Teen Guys Become Men


Last summer a group of Florida teenagers shocked the nation by mocking a disabled man as he was drowning. The nation collectively gasped at the idea that young, able-bodied men would stand by and laugh as anyone–let alone a disabled man–struggled for his life. We were understandably horrified, but let’s be real: Nobody intends to grow up to be a bad guy. I guarantee you none of those...

Before You Confront Your Friend: What Every Teen Should Know about “Tough Love”


“This might hurt, but I’m just speaking the truth in love.” It’s the quintessential excuse for telling people who constantly get under your nerves everything that’s been festering inside of you for the last three months. This Christian cliche (often referred to as “tough love”) is derived from Paul’s exhortation in his letter to the Ephesians. “To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for...

How Do You Love Your Neighbor? (“Love Thy Neighbor” part 2)


Did you know God is more concerned about whether or not you love your neighbor than that you get straight A’s in your math class? Paul said in his letter to the Romans to… “Owe no one anything, except to love each other… Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:8-10). Anything we do without love is totally worthless. Love is pretty important...

Why “Loving Your Neighbor As Yourself” Is So Important to Christianity


The dance is beautiful. One glimpse of the rhythm and movement fills your heart with such wonder that you lose all sense of time and self. Such power emanates from the dancers moving one around the other that it seems as if shots of electricity surge out of their fingertips wrapping the others in glory and delight. It doesn’t take long before you find yourself swept into the magic of it all. One...

How Do You Know What Theology to Believe? (Five Facts to Remember)


My Dad has been a preacher my entire life, which means I’ve been in and out of all kinds of churches. From strict, conservative acapella-singing-only kind of churches to talking-to-the-preacher-during-the-sermon and dancing-with-flags kind of churches. I remember visiting a pentecostal church when I was nine and trying to figure out why the other boy I had met was saying he had already been...

The Rebelution in 2018


Twenty-Eighteen is shaping up to be a crazy, fun, amazing year for The Rebelution and I couldn’t be more excited. Let me explain. We Help You Rebel Against Low-Expectations There are thousands of young people around the world just like you, who are ready to step outside of their comfort zone and pursue the things God has called them to do. But many of them are like me, after I read Do Hard Things...

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rebelling against low expectations

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