The Rebelution is new, yet the same.

August 29, 2006 at 2:05 am | Posted in Christianity, News, Random | 6 Comments


No, you didn’t come to the wrong place. May we introduce you to the all-new and improved online headquarters for the Rebelution.

Hours and hours of work have been put into this project over the past few months. We have been looking forward to the day when we could finally show it to all of you. We decided to launch the new site today, almost exactly a year since The Rebelution blog officially began, in celebration of our one-year anniversary.

It’s been an incredible ride.

God’s Sovereign Plan
The Rebelution began as two young men’s attempt to discipline themselves to think and to write. We wanted to have a blog that went beyond the normal journaling and chatter of typical teen blogs, and hopefully, to network with some like-minded young men and women while we were at it.

Little did we know that God would take and turn it into something so much bigger than we are. We’re so blessed to be part of what God is doing in our generation.

As you may have noticed, things are looking quite different around here. Not only has the blog gone through a redesign, but it’s switched from Blogger to WordPress. Plus, the blog has three new friends. In this first post on the newly-designed blog, we’d like to introduce you to each of them:

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The blog may have a new suit of clothes and a new address, but it’s still the same old blog. This is where everything started and where it continues to happen. You’ll find our same old sidebar on your right, full of original articles, cultural commentary, and special news coverage, with new posts added several times a week.

Be sure to update your links, feeds, and subscriptions. The RSS feed is on the sidebar in The Rebelution Rundown. The new address is: www.therebelution.com/blog

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The Conference Section of the site is devoted to the upcoming Rebelution Tour 2007. We’re looking forward to meeting many of you and to share our hearts with many hundreds of like-minded teens and parents around the country.

The Conference Section includes the tour schedule, conference message and session topics, speaker bios, and frequently asked questions. As the Tour draws closer we’ll be adding more features, like movies, video, and audio, as well as downloadable publicity materials and secure online registration.

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We’re really excited about the all-new discussion forums. They have been specifically designed as a place for young people who share the vision of the Rebelution to network and interact.

This is not your typical message board with celebrity gossip, heated (and unproductive) arguments, and spam all mixed together. Instead this is meeting place for mature Christian teens to engage in intelligent and meaningful conversation. All that to say, what are you waiting for? Go join the discussion!

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The brand-new Resources Section is a compilation of a great articles from the some of the best Christian authors of our day. It’s all out there, but now it’s all together in a single place.

Even better, it’s going to constantly grow as readers submit suggestions and as it expands to include audio and video resources as well. We know you’ll be blessed.

Some Closing Thoughts
So go and explore. There’s a lot to see. Browse the Resource section. Join the discussion in the Forums. Invite your friends to join you. And give us feedback, we’d love to hear what you think.

Most importantly, continue to fight beside us in the daily battle against the low expectations of this world and to return to God’s standard for the teen years. The blog, the conference, the forums, and the resource section were all created to equip us in this fight. By God’s grace and for His glory, let the Rebelution continue.

I’m so excited for you guys Alex and Brett! Keep up the good work, keep advancing his kingdom, and keep doing hard things.

His Kingdom Come!

Marshall

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I’m Back!

June 14, 2006 at 7:58 pm | Posted in News, Random | 9 Comments

WHOA!

I hadn't realized how long it has been since I posted. I apologize sincerely. Things have been incredibly hectic around here. Right after the post, I started a traveling "tour" if you will of speech and debate tournaments I went to. Tennesee, Colorado, Houston, etc. And then I've had preparation for Nationals, which by the way, went smashingly well.

Congratulations to Karen Kovaka of Rhetorical Response, who is the 2006 Nation Apologetics Champion.

Cody Herche and Rachel Heflin of Legal Redux, who are the 2006 Team Policy Debate National Champions.

And I came away from Patrick Henry College as the 2006 Humorous Interpretation National Champion.

Speech and debate is definately one the best things that I have had the priviledge to be apart of. To train young people to communicate effectively for Christ is one of the highest callings I can think of. It's not about the trophies, although those are cool, (Really, really, cool! =D) it's about the skills we are learning and refining, so that someday we may reach someone who otherwise would never be reached.

Hopefully I'll have another post up soon!

All Glory to the Lamb!

Marshall

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It’s Over. It’s Here. And It’s Over There

March 16, 2006 at 5:46 pm | Posted in Character in Today's World, News, Random | 1 Comment

The ROC Webzine and Blog network is finally here! It’s here and it’s ready. After a few technical difficulties, it was launched.

The Webzine:

The first online issue includes amazing articles on literature, forensics competition, theology, and culture, by some of the best teen bloggers on the web. Writers like Karen Kovaka, Alex and Brett Harris, Tim Sweetman, and David Ketter. Be sure to check it out to get the full scoop.

The Blog Network:

This really was a stroke of genius. This makes checking up on your favorite Christian blogs, and checking in on the climate of the Christian teen blogosphere, so much simpler.

Be sure to check it out!

Welcome!

March 16, 2006 at 5:44 pm | Posted in News, Random | Leave a comment

Welcome to the new site! This is the new “house”, if you will, of Advancing His Kingdom. Check around and leave a comment or two, I’d appreciate it! 😉

Marshall

Frappr!

January 31, 2006 at 7:39 pm | Posted in News, Random | Leave a comment

Note: You don’t have to invite friends to join the Frappr! map, although Advancing His Kingdom certainly encourages you to do so! =P

After getting some e-mails from some of you, and having readers all over the world, I thought I would break down and get a Frappr! map. So join the group, and tell the world that you read Advancing His Kingdom.

Check out our Frappr!

VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

December 9, 2005 at 8:49 pm | Posted in News, Random | Leave a comment

Well, well, well. Good friends Alex and Brett Harris have been nominated for Weblogs Best Awards. Go to their site, there is a link, and vote for them! You can vote once per computer every twenty-four hours. Don’t forget to vote! From what we can tell The Rebelution is the only homeschool blog, and one of only two teen blogs in the entire Weblog Awards .

Visit The Rebelution and vote!

Court Rulings Threatens Parental Rights?

November 21, 2005 at 8:47 pm | Posted in Character in Today's World, News, Random | Leave a comment

…there is no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children, either independent of their right to direct the upbringing and education of their children or encompassed by it.

That’s not only a real ruling, that’s scary. And I want to take a look at what the ruling was, and whether or not we should be surprised by it, and whether or not it’s right.

CAUTION: While the following post will not necessarily explicit, it does contain material that isn’t intended for children.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday against parents who sued their local school district after their elementary-age children were given a sexually charged survey, saying there is “no fundamental right of parents to be the exclusive provider of information regarding sexual matters to their children.”>

CAUTION: the following article contains some questions, that kids shouldn’t have to answer, but unfortunately were asked.


You can read the rest of the article here.
Go read that and then come back…

Now, I’m not going to go into detail, and explain each of the questions, but I honestly don’t see what people are surprised about. If you are going to send your kids to public school, you are giving the school the authority to teach your kids, and that is what they do. They don’t allow you to stipulate on what they can or can’t teach; if you want to do that, then homeschool! So to me, this is just a simple side affect of sending your kids to public school. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that if you go to public school you are any less holy than I am. I have friends who go to public school, and we are still friends even though they go to public school. But if you are going to put yourselves in the world, you can’t be surprised when the world shows up.

I think the whole thing is sick and wrong. And I don’t think that the court rulings are going to help any of the parents that are homeschooling. In fact, I think it’s actually somewhat of a threat, because it shows how far our country has gone. Not in what the schools are teaching, though that’s bad, that’s not the main threat. The main threat is the court ruling. It reflects how far the court will go. And I don’t think, if given the chance, that they’ll stop there. I think they’ll go as far as they can get away with. We as Christians, need to prepare the coming years, so we can Advance God’s Kingdom. We can do that by understanding the Myths of Adolescence, Doing Hard Things, and Doing New Things.



Do what you can to prepare, we have a lot of work to do.

Well Whatdya’ Know?

October 27, 2005 at 8:39 pm | Posted in News, Random | 1 Comment

It’s sad. It truly is. And really it just goes to show you the division in the country.

Miers withdrew her nomination for Supreme Court Justice. Read the article and you can see it. Our presidents ratings are in the dumps. And you know what? I don’t think it’s his fault. Obviously he made the decisions…but really, I think it has more to do with the fact that Satan is mad that we have a Christian President, and so is trying to divide the country.

And though the President made the decisions, how many presidents have had to go through what Bush has? I mean, honestly, he’s been through 3 major, record setting hurricanes, a major terrorist attack, 2 wars (are they two? Or are they connected??), and economic crashes and recessions. We can’t blame it all on the president. It’s not his fault the terrorists attacked, not his fault we had 3 record setting hurricanes.

Another angle I’ve heard, is that President Bush was put in office by God because of what we’d have to go through. And we needed a Christian in the highest office in the land. I think I agree with that. Because it truly was miraculous that he got in the first time. Which is when 9/11 happened. And then people liked the way he responeded to that, and so elected him a second time. Not only that, but the Bible does say that all governments are God ordained.

Anyway, all this to say, pray for our President. We may not agree with everything he does, but support him. Pray for him. We don’t realize the magnitude of the decisions that he has to make. It’s easy to sit back here and say, “Well, he should’ve done this.” Or, “If I was in office…” But you’re not in office. So support the man that is. God put him there for a reason.

Soli Deo Gloria!

The American Idol Syndrome…In Action!

October 1, 2005 at 8:35 pm | Posted in Character in Today's World, News | Leave a comment

NEW YORK – “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino reveals in her memoirs that she is functionally illiterate and had to fake her way through some scripted portions the televised talent show, which she won in 2004.

Read the rest of the article here. I found this interesting, in fact, it is some what along the lines of what my friend Brett was referring to in his post The American Idol Syndrome. (Correct me if I’m wrong Brett.) In his post, he didn’t have many concrete, modern examples, (through no fault of his own). But as if to prove what he was saying was accurate…*Ta-da!* The unfortunate circumstances that caused this problem are not Ms. Barrino’s fault…100%. Her reaction to it, is her responsibility. That’s all in the past, but I thought it followed a lot of what the Rebelution has been discussing. Soli Deo Gloria!

New Chief Justice

September 29, 2005 at 8:32 pm | Posted in News, Random | Leave a comment

Senate Confirms Roberts As Chief Justice AP – 29 minutes ago WASHINGTON – John Glover Roberts Jr. won confirmation as the 17th chief justice of the United States on Thursday, charged by the Senate with the responsibility of leading the Supreme Court through turbulent social issues for generations to come. Read the rest of the article here

Praise God. While he says his personal opinions will have no weight in his decisions, he’s still Christian, nonetheless. He gives hope to both sides of the abortion issue, leaving us to wonder which way he will go…but God knows… Plus, the guy is brilliant. Insanely intelligent. He’ll be good for our nation’s high court.

Soli Deo Gloria…

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