rebelling against low expectations

AuthorSean Nolan

is a pastor to families and youth in the Baltimore area. He is a staff writer for Gospel-Centered Discipleship and has contributed to a number of publications in both print and web form. He is the author of the upcoming children's picture book "Farewell Planet Earth" (2017). He is retired from playing in punk bands and has since made it a life goal to expose everyone he knows to Humble Beast rappers. He's married with two kids and loves burritos.

We’re All Rebels, So What Are You Rebelling Against?


At the age of thirty, I find myself saying things that I really hated my own father saying to me when I was a kid. I’ve experienced firsthand the hilarious truth of Mark Twain’s reflection on his own father: “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven...

You Only Die Once


We’ve all heard it; we’ve all cringed. “You only live once.” In addition to being unoriginal, overused, and ambiguous in intent, it’s an insulting reminder of a self-evident truth. Yes, time and time again it has been proven that our birth is a surefire ticket to death, but do we really need to be reminded of it all the time? Jack Black has notoriously pointed out that YOLO is just “carpe diem...

rebelling against low expectations

The Rebelution is a teenage rebellion against low expectations—a worldwide campaign to reject apathy, embrace responsibility, and do hard things. Learn More →