While still in high school, they were featured nationally on MSNBC, CNN, NPR, and The New York Times. They’ve been mistaken for the Jonas Brothers. And for the third year in a row, Alex and Brett Harris are leading The Rebelution—their term for rebelling against the low expectations society imposes on teenagers. Two years following the publication of their best-selling book, Do Hard Things, the twin brothers recently completed another Rebelution tour across the United States, this time hosting five conferences which challenged thousands of Christian teens to face the culture and “set an example” per 1 Timothy 4:12. Now midway through their sophomore year at Patrick Henry College, memories of their most recent conference are fresh in their minds.
“There may seem to be a tension between ministry and school, but it’s a short-term vs. long-term dichotomy. We need to keep a long-term perspective so we can continue to bear fruit for God throughout our lives,” says Brett. “Honestly, for us, there’s a feeling that there’s so much to learn at school.”
Balancing the demands of college life against the needs of their growing ministry is not easy, but Brett and Alex are not afraid of challenges.
The brothers explain that Rebelutionaries need to act. “As we move out of our teen years, and our message spreads, we want to be ready to provide resources to other young people so they can serve. We want to facilitate actions.”
Their second book, Start Here: Doing Hard Things Right Where You Are, debuts in March 2010. And until then, the Harris brothers will have plenty of opportunity to do hard things at PHC. After all, rounding out an already rigorous fall semester course load, they are both taking Constitutional Law from PHC founder and Chancellor Dr. Michael Farris.
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Cate Pilgrim will be graduating with PHC’s class of 2010 with a degree in political journalim.