ApologetiX in Ohio and Pennsylvania and on the How
Thu., Aug. 16. 2001 1:14am EDT
J. Jackson, lead singer for ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) here.
Lots of news to relate, including:
1.ApologetiX on Howard Stern?
2.ApologetiX on KKLA in Los Angeles
3.Concerts This Weekend in Ohio and Pennsylvania
4.New CD Update
5.Keep the Change Song List (Clues #7 and 8)
1. APOLOGETIX ON HOWARD STERN
It all started with an e-mail Tuesday morning from my sister-in-law, Jody, in Orlando, Fla., claiming that Howard Stern was playing ApologetiX music on the air. Then confirmation calls and e-mails started coming in from elsewhere, and we noticed the press kit request that had just come in from Howard's producer. Yes, folks, Howard indeed played a few ApologetiX tunes, including "I Love Apostle Paul," "You Gotta Go," "I'll Prepare for You" and "Lazzie Lay." As you might suspect, he and his staff had their share of laughs at our expense, but it made enough of an impact on them to put it on the air in the first place, and the Word of God never comes back to Him void. They also mentioned our website on the air and put a link to it on their website. Later that day, Karl spent about 20 minutes on the phone with Howard's producer, who had requested the press kit. Stern's people have since contacted our publicist, Kathleen Burke, and have requested more information on the band. Ironically, even though Stern's poked fun at our parodies, apparently even the negative exposure on this show has raised our credibility in the eyes of some of our non-Christian friends (i.e. they seem to figure we must be a legitimate band to get mentioned on that show), so that's pretty amusing. God works in mysterious ways.
Here's an excerpt from the e-mail I sent to Howard's producer, which kind of sums up my feelings about Howard Stern:
"Thanks for featuring us on Howard's broadcast this morning. At the risk of making myself sound like an idiot, I'll confess that I know who Howard is and have read and heard plenty of things about him, but I haven't read or seen (his book/movie) "Private Parts" and my exposure to the T.V. and radio show has mostly just been passing by on the dial on the way to another channel, particularly on T.V. because I'm just trying to protect my eyes, you know?
"However, I have heard him on the radio a time or two, and Howard just seemed like the kind of guy that Jesus would have reached out to. I don't know ˇ I could be totally wrong, but Howard seemed like the kind of guy who does a lot of things to shock people but inside maybe has a softer heart than he lets on. Of course, you'd know that a lot better than I, since you work with him. I'm not trying to flatter anybody; I'm just giving you my first impression. I don't think Jesus would have been phased by all the shock value that Howard has. I think He would have seen Howard's value as a person and been willing to go eat with him and hang around with him just like He hung around with Matthew the tax collector and Mary Magdalene ... and the way He was willing to condescend to hang around with me, since I'm no better than Howard."
2. APOLOGETIX ON KKLA IN LOS ANGELES
On Wednesday night I did an hour-long interview with Frank Pastore on the "Warren Duffy Live" show on KKLA in Los Angeles, the largest Christian talk radio audience in the country. Frank is a former major-league pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds and a professor of apologetics at Biola University, and we've been on the show three times before. Frank says he runs six miles often, to the music of ApologetiX. I think with all my pacing around in concert, I probably do about six miles to the music of ApologetiX, too! As a big baseball fan (The last time my Pirates won the World Series, in 1979, they had to beat the Reds to get there, and Frank was a good pitcher for them that year ˇ I had his baseball card) and an even bigger fan of the study of apologetics, I consider it a double honor to have a fan in Frank. We know you read these e-mails, Frank, so thanks!
3. CONCERTS THIS WEEKEND IN OHIO AND PENNSYLVANIA
Thanks to all of you folks who came out to see us for the three concerts in Ohio and one concert in Pennsylvania last weekend. We had such a good time that we're going to try a similar formula this weekend. We'll be in Ohio on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, and then back in Pittsburgh on Saturday night as the final performers at Spirit Train 2001, an all-day Christian music festival featuring Pittsburgh-area Christian artists.
Fri., Aug. 17 at 8:00 p.m.
Carroll County Fairgrounds
106 Kensington Rd.
NE Carrollton OH 44615
Contact: Barb Newell 330-735-2443
Sat., Aug. 18 12:00-2:30 p.m.
300 S. Syndusky
Bucyrus OH 44820
Contact: Barb Basore, chairperson 419-562-8908
Pastor Mike Cole 419-610-8728 (cell)
Sat. Aug. 18 at evening
(All day Christian music festival but ApologetiX plays at about 8 p.m.) (
with 70x7, Wind, Beyond Reason, Noon Day Sun, Sons of Thunder, Surrender, Grant Van Leuven, Jeff Trish, Lynn Badamo, John Walton, Veronica Scott and Seth Ellsworth)
2nd Annual Spirit Train Rock of Ages Festival
Sponsored by WORD-FM and South Hills Assembly of God
Castle Shannon Trolley Park & Ride
Contact: Ron Felgar (412) 343-1246 (412) 835-8900
4. NEW CD UPDATE
As most of you know by now, our new CD, "Keep the Change," is slated to hit the stores on September 25. The CD contains 19 parodies (provided we get them all done in time! HAHA), 12 classic rock tunes and 7 from the past year or so.
Today, Karl took the final art for the disc and the CD booklet to the printer. I was just responsible for the text, folks (thanks to Karl, his wife, Debbie, and my wife, Lisa, for their editing help), but let me tell you, Karl has done another splendid job on the artwork and design! Very cool cover and middle spread!
Please keep us in prayer as we try to meet all the deadlines for this CD. It's been quite a task, with our busy concert schedule (four concerts in three days last weekend and three in two days this weekend). With a schedule like that, it's really easy to blow the old voice out, and that's the last thing I want to do when we're in the midst of recording. I'm not halfway done with the vocals on all the songs yet, but we have tried to knock out some of the hardest songs first. And we're pleased with the results thus far!
5. "KEEP THE CHANGE" SONG LIST
(CLUES #7 and 8)
As so many others do, we spend much of our lives trying to emulate Gomer Pyle. That's why we try to keep our CD song list such a "surprise, surprise, surprise"! As we did with "Spoofernatural," we're giving giving clues about the songs on "Keep the Change," two songs per newsletter. Here are clues #7 and 8:
#7 "Monkey Scheme"
OK, I confess, this clue is probably longer than all other 18 clues combined, but it's important, so if you have the patience, please check it out.
When I was a kid, I read every book I could get my hands on about dinosaurs, cavemen and prehistoric life. My friend Chris Marsh wanted to be a paleontologist, and I wanted to be an archaeologist., so we would spend hours in the nearby strip mine, searching for, and sometimes finding, fossils. My greatest discovery from those "digs" was a stone with a number of trilobites on it, which I believed at the time to be about 500-600 million years old. I can still rattle off a number of dinosaur names from childhood memory, even though I have only seen the tail end of Jurassic Park and neither of the two sequels. Let me just state for the record that I still believe in dinosaurs; the fossil record is replete with their skeletons. Also, the animals described as Behemoth and Leviathan in Job 40:15-24 and 41:1-34, seem to me to be dinosaurs. People who try to say those creatures might be hippos, whales or crocodiles don't seem to be paying close attention to the details and the sheer size and magnificence of the descriptions. Go check out those verses if you've never done it before. Behemoth reminds me of something like a Brontosaurus while Leviathan seems like something like a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
With all that having been said, let me state clearly that I DON'T believe in the theory of evolution. There are two main reasons for this. One is the fact that it totally contradicts Biblical Christianity and nullifies the importance of Adam and Eve, original sin, and the need for a savior (the New Testament clearly treats Adam as a real person and not just some symbolic thing). The second reason, however, is just as important: There just isn't any evidence proving that man evolved from apes or that any other creature evolved from another. Don't get me wrong here. I do believe that dinosaurs existed and that many other creatures existed which are now extinct, but I do not believe that they evolved into the creatures that we see today. Think about it: In today's world, we can observe animals becoming extinct and facing extinction all the time. However, we observe no animals in a transitional form between two species. Of course, there is variety between species, such as collies, poodles and German Shepherds, but these are all dogs and not new species.
One of the best kept secrets of evolution, however, is that there is no real fossil evidence of past transitional species, either. While we have tons of well-preserved skeletal evidence for dinosaurs, the so-called evidence for cavemen is often built from a bone or a tooth and a lot of speculation. Many of these past claims to "missing links" have proven to be fraudulent (such as Piltdown Man, which was a deliberate hoax that I first learned about in anthropology class back in college) or misguided (Java Man, which was later found to be the skull of a gibbon; and Nebraska Man, which was built from one pig's tooth!) Even the famous "Lucy" skeleton, our supposed ancestor, was built from a scattered pile of bones that appear to be an ape (there's only 40% of the bones there), and the main joint that makes them think it might be more than an ape ˇ a knee joint ˇ was discovered a mile away and 200 feet deeper than the rest of the bones with nothing to prove that it belonged with them.
Bottom line: The reason they still call them "missing" links is that they're still missing. That's why some evolutionists have shifted to the quantum leap theory (punctuated equilibrium) -- the basic idea is that there was no slow change in evolution but that one day one species of animal just gave birth to a totally different species of animal that was a higher life form. Kind of like a cat giving birth to a dog, or vice versa, depending on where you stand on the cats vs. dogs debate :)
I went to the Smithsonian Institute recently, and I was amazed to see the deception in action. When museums don't have the actual bones to complete a skeleton, they make model bones the way they think they might have been. With dinosaurs, you can see majestic skeletons with plenty of real bones. That's not the case with caveman skeletons, because they don't have the skeletons. Ask yourself a question: If dinosaurs were around so many years earlier than human beings, why do we have so many detailed dinosaur skeletons and no real caveman skeletons?
Here's another other dirty little secret to evolution: The whole process of dating fossils is a lot more arbitrary than the average person is led to believe. Carbon dating comes up with much more varied results than you'd expect, for example. Perhaps the best example of "the dating game" was when Mount St. Helen's blew up in the 1980's, and created "fossils" that only 10 years later registered as millions of years old when tested by some of the common fossil-dating procedures!
As far as clues go, I don't know what kind of dates you'd get for the song we spoofed on this one if you tried carbon dating. However, my vinyl dating tells me it came from sometime in the middle of the Beatlezoic period between 1964-70. In fact, some people might call this group the missing link between the Beatles and the Partridge Family!
#8 "Life Restored"
And now for the shortest clue yet! The song we spoofed here is a marriage of rap and metal -- the #2 modern rock song for the entire year 2000, but it was still a big hit in 2001, lingering on with the endurance of a cockroach. The original song was about somebody at the end of their rope, trying to decide if they wanted to hang themselves with it. Our version is about somebody at the beginning of their hope, trying to share it with others.
6. UPCOMING CONCERTS
Please note that we have added a big concert to the schedule. On September 2, we'll be playing at another big Christian music festival, in conjunction with four radio stations in New York and Pennsylvania. The event lasts two days, and the day we play also features Audio Adrenaline, Rebecca St. James, Anointed and Steve Camp. It's Rejoice 2001, at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ, not to far from Philadelphia. Hmmm ... if we keep playing all these theme parks (Kingdom Bound, Shout, etc.), maybe we'll have to work out a parody of "Love Rollercoaster" by the Ohio Players and/or the Red Hot Chili Peppers, depending on your era of choice.
Sun., Aug. 26 at 5:00 p.m.
Crossfire kick-off weekend
Christ United Methodist Church
3300 Austin Parkway
Sugar Land TX 77479
Contact: Julie Frazier 281-980-6888 ext. 304
Wed., Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
First Christian Church
710 S. Zane Highway
Martins Ferry OH 43935
Contact: Rev. Saco 740-633-3615
Sat., Sept. 1 8:00-11:00 p.m. Cornerstone Caf╚
Contact: Jim Schreiber 717-367-5326 (caf╚)
Sun., Sept. 2 at 3 p.m.
(With Audio Adrenaline, Rebecca St. James, Anointed and Steve Camp)
Six Flags Great Adventure
Contact: "Timmy D" DeMoss at 990 AM WZZD email@example.com
610-828-6965 x 12 (ZZD)
Sat., Sept. 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Ohio United Presbyterian Church
Longview at Maratta Road
Aliquippa PA 15001
Contact: Patty Strominger 724-378-3690 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri., Sept. 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Adrian MI 49221
Contact: Jenni Duranczyk 517-893-0056 (home)
Sat.. Sept. 15 at 3:30 p.m.
(See You at the Pole Rally)
(with Five Iron Frenzy, Reliant K, Smalltown Poets John Reuben and Ace Troubleshooter)
Faith Evangelical Free Church
Sat., Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.
First Christian Church Freeman Lake
140 Freeman Lake Road
Elizabethtown KY 42702
Contact: Chris Kiger 270-765-4994 (Day), 270-765-2224 (Night)
Sat., Sept. 29, at 7 p.m.
7th Annual Barbecue on the River Foot of Broadway
Contact: Pam Ward 270-415-9095 email@example.com
Fri., Oct. 5, evening (tentative)
Family Christian Stores Holiday Center 3747 William Penn Highway
Contact: Chuck Ernst, Mgr. 412-372-1610 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat., Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Christian Publications/Cornerstone Chapel
620 Route 23 North
Pompton Plains NJ 07444
Contact: Emily Strunk 973-616-7080
Sat., Oct. 13 at 7:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Cup O' Joy Benefit Concert
Green Bay West High School
966 Shawano Ave.
Green Bay WI
Contact: Jan Oettinger 920-435-3269 (Cup O' Joy)
Tickets: $5 in advance plus freewill offering $6 or $7 at door
Fri., Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
201 W. Jefferson St.
Butler PA 16001
Contact: Pastor Rich Leseganich 724-287-6741
Sat., Oct. 20 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey Scarlet Cord Teen Center
150 Main St.
Contact: Tommy Rowe (Convention) 717-652-5856
Contact: Erik Lane (Scarlet Cord) 814-849-7659
Sat., Oct. 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Scarlet Cord Teen Center
150 Main St.
Contact: Erik Lane (Scarlet Cord) 814-849-7659
Fri., Oct. 26 at 9:00 p.m.
Common Ground Beautiful Savior Lutheran
5005 Northwest Blvd
Plymouth MN 55442
Contact: Larry Deyoe 763-550-1000 ext. 106
Sat., Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Nebraska Church of God Retreat
Rock Haven Conv. & Retreat Center
76309 Road 415
Gothenburg NE 69138
Contact: Jason Johnson 402-486-3450
Sat., Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.
White Oak ISD
Campus 200 S. White Oak Rd.
White Oak, TX 75693
Contact: Mark Dickson, Millennium Missions
Fri., Nov. 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Poplar Bluff High School
1300 Victory Lane
Poplar Bluff MO 63901
Contact: Jim Hoyt, Cheerful Heart Ministries
Sat., Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church
801 US Hwy 50
East Union, MO 63084
Contact: Rich Permenter 636-583-2386 email@example.com
7. PRAYER REQUESTS
Please keep our former drummer (heard on Biblical Graffiti and Spoofernatural) Fred Behanna's daughter Beth Ann in your prayers. She was previously cured of Hodgkin's Disease (the same thing Mario Lemieux had, a form of cancer that is usually curable), but recently it appears the disease has come back. Please pray for Beth and for Fred. If you'd like to e-mail Fred, please e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please pray for another one of our former drummers (heard on the Ticked CD), Bob Flaherty, who is going to college in South Carolina to study for the ministry. The cost is a lot more than he had anticipated and financial aid is a big concern. He's not asking anybody for money; he'd just like our prayers. Plus, it's lonely in a new state, when you've lived most of your life in Pennsylvania, so please pray for a smooth adjustment for Bob and his wife, Jill. Bob is very funny and outgoing and makes friends very easily, so that's a plus. If you'd like to e-mail Bob, his e-mail is email@example.com
Please pray for our bass player, Keith Haynie, and his family, that God will provide a smooth transition as they close on the sale of their old house and prepare to move into their new house.
Please pray for me, my wife, Lisa, and our daughter, Janna, on this coming Thursday, August 23. We have an important family event (I can't get into details here) going on, and something crucial is supposed to happen on that date.
Thank you all! Talk to you later!
-- J. Jackson Lead Singer/Lyricist ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) www.apologetix.com firstname.lastname@example.org
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
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