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

A Few Odds and Ends

March 14, 2006 at 7:55 pm | Posted in Random | 1 Comment

I apologize for being gone for so long. Blogging has kind of taken a back seat recently in light of some other things that God has been asking me to do. There will be fewer posts in the future, as I get into the thick of the speech and debate season. I spent the past month getting ready and going to two consecutive tournaments in a row. First the Texas State Championship, and then the Tennesee Nation Open Qualifier at Carson-Newman College. But I’m back now, and trying to get back into the swing of things. I will be heading to Colorado on April 20th for another National Qualifier (God willing), and then the weekend after that I will be going to Regionals. However, I just wanted to let all of you know that I did not fall off the face of the planet. God bless!

Marshall Sherman

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!

A Good Discussion

December 18, 2005 at 8:58 pm | Posted in Christianity, Random | Leave a comment

Click on the banner to take you to the discussion post.

There is a great discussion going on over at Agent Tim’s site. Check it out and comment. Kudos to Tim for posting on it…

God Bless!

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!

Robots: Worldview Or No?

December 1, 2005 at 8:47 pm | Posted in Christianity, Movies, Random | Leave a comment

“You can shine no matter what you’re made of!”

That sounds like a wonderful line, and one that would encourage younger viewers to have faith in themselves and not worry about what others think. Prima facie, that’s what it is. However, when you combine it with other key quotes from the movie, you get the true philosophy behind the movie. “What is that,” you might ask? Well, sit tight, and I’ll tell you.

The story begins with a very proud robot bursting out of his restaurant with glee, exclaiming, “Wahoo! I’m gonna’ be a dad!!” Wonderful way to start a movie! We then watch as the new baby, Rodney Copperbottom, grows through a couple sets of “hand-me-down-parts” and into a young adult. The first set is from his cousin, Jeff, and are slightly too big, and little Rodney is constantly tugging on them to keep them from falling off. The next set of hand-me-downs is from his cousin, Veronica. As the name implies, they are from a girl cousin, and are pink, and shaped like a girl torso. After watching a show on inventing, he aspires to grow up and become an inventor. At his graduation, instead of throwing his hat, he throws the torso up.

The next scene we see is Rodney walking into the fancy restaurant where his dad works as a dishwasher. He begs his dad to let him try out this new invention that he’s created. His dad finally consents, and the new gadget works brilliantly. That is, until Mr. Gunk, Mr. Copperbottom’s boss walks in and has a fit. Rodney’s “Wonderbot” gets nervous and starts going crazy, zig-zagging all through the air, knocking plates and dishes all over the place. Mr. Copperbottom has to pay for the dishes, and as he doesn’t make much, Rodney decides he is going to make his way in the world, and try to help his dad pay back Mr. Gunk. He wants to be something, and he can’t be something here in measly Rivettown. He was going to Robot City. Once in the big city, Rodney meets up with a couple of unlikely, and seemingly hopeless, companions as they proceed to stop major corporate corruption and save the known world from being “outmoded”.

The first dubious character that we meet is Fender, a somewhat crazy, definitely eccentric spirit who immediately became my favorite. Perhaps it’s the accents and the atmosphere that Robin Williams lends him, perhaps it’s the funny, although accurate lines, or perhaps it’s both combined. Regardless, he quickly became my favorite character. When we first meet him, he begins taking pictures of Rodney rapidly, much like paparazzi, exclaiming things like, “Work with me! Work with me!” And, “Come on! Inside of you is a fashion model just waiting to throw up!”

We meet up with the rest of Fender’s family in a back alley. And Rodney is taken “home”, to an inn, that is provided by Aunt Fanny, a lovable character, that takes in bots that are “broke” in all three meanings of the word.

Rodney and the gang spend their time fixing the broken bots with anything they can find. And they do fix many bots. However, in a city the size of Robot City, it was drops in the bucket, to borrow the old colloquialism. They had to get to Big Weld, the CEO, the best robot in the world. He would come back and fix the problems.

One of the key quotes I was referring to in my paragraph is, “Follow your dreams…” Another that I think is essential is, “You’ve got greatness in you…” Those are a few of many references and quotes along the same lines. I don’t want to sound pessimistic, but to say that you have all it takes to follow your dreams and achieve them, and that you have greatness in you, is Biblically unsound. The Bible no where tells us that we have greatness in us. What the Bible tells us is that we are sinners, condemned to hell, and that there is not one good, no not one. So if no one is even good, then no one can be great. As a disclaimer, I’m not trying to be pessimistic, and God doesn’t leave us there, to be condemned, and I understand that this was not done by a Christian company, or producer, and so I’m not expecting them to have the message of salvation portrayed. I’m not condemning them, or saying that the movie is heathen and you shouldn’t watch it. Nevertheless, every person has a worldview; every person believes something about God. Either they believe He exists or He doesn’t. If they believe He exists, some don’t believe He cares about us. The list of beliefs is endless. But they believe something, and that will come out in their works. In what they write, what they say, how they act, etc. What I am attempting to do with this review is look into what the author’(s) and/or producer’s worldview was when the movie was created. The worldview that’s present in this movie is one in which you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, that you don’t need any help from a higher power. That anything is possible, as long as you work hard. The Bible teaches differently however. It teaches that all things are possible, through Christ. According to the Bible, man can do nothing apart from God, as He is the very giver of life.

I’m not sure how this all really applies to robots, but then again, robots aren’t that sophisticated. Yet.

Overall the movie had wonderful animation, a somewhat memorable storyline, and many wonderful, brilliant, outstanding, and hilarious lines along the way. On a scale of 1 to 10, Robots gets a 9.

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.

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