Thursday, July 29, 2010


Here is a great email (one you could send to your friends!) from Ms. Lana Thornton!

Hello Friends and Fellow Parents,

On Saturday, August 14th, Alex & Brett Harris, home schooled, 21 year old
brothers from Washington state, creators of the Rebelution are bringing their Do Hard Things Conference for Christian teens to Nashville at the Two Rivers Baptist Church across from Opryland.

This is an amazing, powerful one day Conference for teens that we want to be sure you know about, with the hope that you will encourage your youth to attend or even organize a group and bring them! You won't be sorry!

As parents of a teen, we attended a Conference last year and found it to be so awesome we wanted to tell you about it. We are not a part of the Do Hard Things ministry nor do we receive any thing from them for doing this. We just want you to know about this great Conference for teens coming to Nashville!

Here is an explanation of the Rebelution and Do Hard Things copied from the website:
The official definition of the 'rebelution' is "a teenage rebellion against low expectations." When you look around today, our culture does not expect much of us young people. We are not only expected to do very little that is wise or good, but we're expected to do the opposite. Our media-saturated youth culture is constantly reinforcing lower and lower standards and expectations. Read more about the Conference here:

Do Hard Things Conference is led by dynamic Christian twin brothers, Alex & Brett Harris, who have authored a best-selling book by the same title,, and also have a web site and blog called The Rebelution.

Their oldest brother, Joshua Harris, author of "I Kissed Dating Good-bye", pastor of
Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland
will be joining them in Nashville and speaking at this Conference as well.

Their next older brother, Joel, is the worship leader of the Conference. Joel has a music studio near Portland, Oregon called the Northwest Worship Academy:

The Conference is not sponsored by Two Rivers Baptist, it is just the site of the Conference. Alex & Brett's presentations are non-denominational and thoroughly Biblical!

We'd very much like to encourage you to make plans to attend this Conference! Consider bringing your family and friends, bring your Church's youth group to the Conference! Why are we suggesting this? Because we attended a Do Hard Things Conference and experienced the presence of the LORD and a powerful outpouring of the Holy Spirit which impacted all the teens we were with!

These guys are Biblical, sharp, engaging, and challenging to Christian teens. Their presentation is also evangelistic and many young people have come to Christ through these Conferences.

They're high tech, too. Everyone attending the Conference is given an electronic keypad to record answers to questions within their presentations and the results are flashed on the big screens. It was like nothing most of us had ever attended and was very intriguing to all the young people there who are so technologically savvy.

But most important of all, it was powerfully Christ-honoring, spiritually challenging and encouraging for teens. And that is why we want to make sure you know of this opportunity right here in Nashville!

Please read what Alex & Brett's Dad, pastor, author, & speaker, Gregg Harris, has to say to parents in his Letter to Parents from the Rebelution web site:

This conference may be one of the most effective things you will ever do to motivate and inspire your teen to grow up and live competently for the glory of God. If you check out the Rebelution website and blog you will see what I mean. This is no teen pizza feed. It is a revival.

Here is a little more from the web site about the Conference:

The Do Hard Things Tour invites you to explore some radical questions:
  • Is it possible that even though teens today have more freedom than any other generation in history, we're actually missing out on some of the best years of our lives?
  • Is it possible that what our culture says about the purpose and potential of the teen years is a lie, and that we are its victims?
  • Is it possible that our teen years give us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for huge accomplishments -- as individuals and as a generation?
  • And finally, what would our lives look like if we set out on a different path entirely -- a path that required more effort but promised a lot more reward?
We describe that alternative path with three simple words: Do Hard Things.

The pre-registration ends on August 7th and the registration fee will increase, but the Conference has a pay-what-you-can policy. So if you can not afford the fee, they do not want you to miss the Conference.

Here's the info on this:
Pay-What-You-Can Policy: Nobody is turned away for lack of funds. If finances are the barrier for someone let them know about our pay-what-you-can policy. Have them email us at and explain their situation. We'll take it from there.

They also have a discount for groups of 10 or more which register together. The Group discount allows you to receive 10% off conference registrations.

Parents, we hope you will encourage the youth you are training and shepherding, in your family, in your co-op and support group, in your church, to attend the Do Hard Things Conference! Why not organize a group and attend together?

What a GREAT way to launch into this up-coming school year!!

Thanks for reading this! Hope you & your young people, your youth group will come to Do Hard Things!

If going to the Conference isn't possible for you, perhaps you would forward this e-mail to your friends and fellow parents, your Youth Pastor or Youth group
? Thank you for considering this request!

Claiborne & Lana Thornton
(a Dad & Mom excited about the Do Hard Things Conference coming to Nashville!!)

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