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03.22.18Here's the ApX Easter Top 40 Playlist
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03.17.18The Title and Theme of Our Next CD
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03.16.18More ApX on the Radio This Weekend
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03.09.18Prayers for Keith Haynie's Sister
03.09.18From a New Fan in Manitoba
03.09.18New Clues for You: This Weekend's Single
03.06.18We Need Help, but Good Things Are Happening
03.02.18Encouragement from a Former Atheist in Iowa
03.02.18ApX Album Changed Maryland Man's Life
03.02.18ApX Aids Brothers in Arkansas
03.01.18ApX Video Was Just What He Needed
02.27.18ApX Releases 100th Single (2 New Parodies)
02.23.18Happy 50th Birthday, Todd Waites!
02.23.18Mississippi Man Announces ApX Plan
02.23.18Encouragement from an Educator in Ann Arbor
02.22.18Here Comes Our 100th Single/EP
02.22.18Clues for Our Fifth Single of 2018
02.16.18Fans React to Our Latest Remake
02.16.18New Batch of ApX USB Thumb Drives in Stock
02.16.18Scottish Blog Interviews ApX Lead Singer
02.16.18ApX on the Radio Again This Weekend
02.14.18New Single: Bad-Boy Bands (Not Bad Boy-Bands)
02.09.18Another Station Adds Weekly ApX Radio Show
02.09.18ApX on the Air in Remote Alaska
02.09.18Clues for Our Fourth Single of 2018
02.07.18Happy Birthday, Chris VonBartheld!
02.06.181100 Tracks for $100 Ends Saturday
02.02.18One Good Testimony Deserves Another (from Canada)
02.02.18New Fan in Washington, Old Fan in Alaska
02.02.18Beam Us Up, Scotland!
02.01.18More Stations Add New ApX Radio Show
01.30.18New Single (2 Killer Bs)
01.29.181100 Tracks for $100 Extended Another Week
01.26.18Apol-Annoyance in Austin
01.26.18MI Pastor Speaks Frankly to ApX
01.25.18Clues for Our Third Single of 2018
01.24.18Prayers for ApX Fan Deborah Huff in ICU
01.22.181100 Tracks $100 Ends Soon
01.22.18New Radio Program Will Feature ApX Regularly
01.22.18Pastor Looks Back on 19 Years as ApX Fan
01.19.18Special Request from ApX's Chris Von Bartheld
01.19.181100 Tracks for $100
01.19.18Get Multiple Downloads for Any Size Donation
01.19.18How to Donate Online or by Mail
01.19.18Encouragement from a Pastor in NC
01.18.18The Principal and the Parodies
01.18.18New Single: Tears for Fears & Alanis Morissette
01.16.18New Single (80s & 90s)
01.10.18ApX Lead Singer on ESPN Again This Weekend
01.10.18Fan Will Match Donations Up to $5000
01.10.18You Don't Need to Be in the USA to Enjoy Our USB
01.10.18Clues for Our Second Single of 2018
01.08.18Get All Our Parodies on USB
01.08.181100 Tracks for $100
01.08.18New CD BOGO Ends Sunday
01.04.18California Fan Comments on New CD
01.04.182017: The Year in Review for ApologetiX
01.04.18The Stories Behind the Songs on Our New Single
01.02.18How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
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01.02.18New Single for a New Year
01.02.18BOGO Special on New CD Ends Sunday
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12.28.17Buy Our 50th CD, Get 1 of 26 CDs Free
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12.28.17How to Donate Online or By Mail
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12.28.17Clues for Our Last Single of 2017
12.21.17ApX Christmas Videos on YouTube
12.21.17After the Gift Rush: What if You Order Now?
12.21.17ApX Inspires Fan Who Then Inspires ApX
12.21.17New Single: 2 from Our 25th Anniversary Show
12.18.17New CD in Stock, Order Today for Christmas
12.14.17How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
12.14.17So is it Alexa-getiX or Apol-alexa?
12.14.17Clues for This Weekend's Single
12.14.17What's New on the New CD?
12.14.17Complete Your ApX Christmas Playlist
12.14.17Deadlines for Delivery Before Christmas
12.07.17The Story Behind the Title of Our New CD
12.05.17ApX Alum Becomes Amazon Prince
12.04.17Buy Our 50th CD, Get 1 of 26 CDs Free
11.29.17The Stories Behind Our New Single
11.29.17Update on Our Upcoming 50th CD
11.27.17ApX Needs Holiday Help & Prayers
11.27.17New Single: American-Made 70's & 90's Hits
11.23.17Get Ready for Our 50th CD
11.23.17Thanksgiving Song and Video for You
11.23.17Clues for Our Next Single
11.23.17Fan Says Thanks for "Thankfully" Song & Video
11.21.17Thanksgiving Message for Fans
11.17.17New Single Spoofs British Invasion Bands
11.17.17Tinch Gets Married & Celebrates Anniversary

ApologetiX: OR, IL, PA, Creation, Luther, Wesley
Thu., Sep. 9. 2004 10:21pm EDT

1. This Weekend: Portland OR
2. Next Saturday: Alton IL
3. Two Weeks Out: State College PA
4. Early October: FL, MI & GA
5. Want to Book a Fall Concert?
6. ApologetiX at Creation 2005? Your Vote Counts & You Could Win Free Tickets
7. Funny Email of the Week
8. Luther, the Wesleys & Parodies ... Plus a Cool Email
9. Upcoming Concerts (Including New One in Corpus Christi TX)

J. Jackson, lead singer and lyricist for ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) here.'

Thanks to all of you who came to see us Labor Day Weekend in Austin TX (You guys were great as always -- plus we finally got to see a "live" scorpion in the wild), Erie PA (Somebody told me there were 10,000-plus people there by the lake -- it sure looked like it, and the weather and the people were beautiful) and Walpole NH (performing in a New England town hall, we felt like we were in campaigning for the parody primary, and the people were certainly partisan to ApologetiX).

This weekend, we'll be with 1600 other guys (no girls allowed ... seriously) at a three-day men's retreat in Oregon. It's their 54th year, so we're pretty honored to be invited. We're so excited about it that we're going to leave from my house at 2:45 a.m. Friday so we can be at the airport in Ohio in time for our flight to Oregon. Do we lead a glamorous life or what? My oldest nephew, David, is getting married this weekend in Atlanta, too. I hate to miss it, but this retreat has been on our schedule for two years! Sorry, David, we tried to come close; we played Atlanta last month, and we'll be playing there again next month, too!

It should be nice for the members of ApologetiX to go on a retreat together. Contrary to what you might think, we don't all live in a room with two bunk beds and a fire pole we slide down to get into the ApologetiXmobile. I've been on a number of retreats before (before I joined ApologetiX, that is), and I've always enjoyed them. And Oregon's a lovely place. We came there twice last year. From what I hear, we may be coming there again soon after this retreat, too. Look for more details in upcoming ApologetiX newsletters.

Finally, many of you are asking if we'll be putting out a new CD in time for the Christmas season this year. Watch for an important announcement regarding that soon!

1. This Weekend: Portland OR

Friday, Saturday, Sunday September 10,11,12, 2004 TBA
Registration required Men's Roundup
2004 Retreat Lebanon, OR 97355
Contact: Ross Wescott

2. Next Saturday: Alton IL

Saturday, September 18, 2004 7:00 PM
Alton First Southern Baptist Church
4500 Humbert Road
Alton, IL 62002
Tickets $10 Advance $15 Door
Tickets available now through church
OR Tickets will be available with cash or Major Credit Cards beginning June 18 at:
Family Christian in Alton ($2 surcharge ) or
Lifeway Books in St. Louis
CONTACT: Mike Howland (w) 618-462-1276 x217 or

3. Two Weeks Out: State College PA

Saturday, September 25, 2004
In addition to ApologetiX performance:
SATURDAY: Jonathan Weibel & The Rest, My Book Your Sandwich, Skillet, Ten Shekel Shirt, Big Daddy Weave, Jars of Clay
SUNDAY: Worship Service led by Fusion; Guest Speaker Darrell Scott Picnic Lunch hosted by Sheetz The Switch, Kate Conlon, Matt Wertz, PAX217
The Rock Invasion 2004 Penn State HUB Lawn
State College, PA 16802

4. Early October: FL, MI & GA

Friday, October 1, 2004 at 7 p.m.
Ticketed Event
Calvary Chapel Sawgrass Church
1775 S. Flamingo Road
Davie, FL 33325
CONTACT: 954-424-8046

Sat. October 2, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $10 General Admission. AND, Delegates ticket is included in weekend registration!
Purchase tickets through or
Salvation Army Youth Council Convention & Concert
Williams Auditorium at Ferris State University Campus
901 South State Street
Big Rapids, Michigan 49301
CONTACT your local Salvation Army Unit for weekend event at
GENERAL INFO call 616-459-3433 Capt. Tim Meyer

Saturday, October 9, 2004 at 7 p.m.
Four Nights in October
Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
210 Mcintosh Trail
Peachtree City, GA 30269
We look forward to working with the amazing John Paone on 4 nights! the evening starts at 6. We're following Jubal's Kin and going before Downhere (great guys!) and the Newsboys!

5. Want to Book a Fall Concert?

Usually, if you waited till September 1 to book a fall concert with ApologetiX, you might have to wait till the fall of 2005. Not this year. If you'd like to book a fall concert with ApologetiX, you picked the perfect time to do so. Here's why:

For most of this year, we had special plans that were going to keep us occupied for most of the fall from mid-October through early December. Consequently, we did not book any concerts on those weekends. However, we have decided to change those plans, and those weekend dates are now available, although our booking agent, Kathleen Burke of Burke Communications, working hard to fill them in as quickly as possible.

If you'd like more information about booking a fall concert with ApologetiX, please contact
Kathleen Burke
Burke Communications
949-770-3001 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST).

6. ApologetiX at Creation 2005? Your Vote Counts & You Could Win Free Tickets

The Creation festival in Central Pennsylvania (with its accompanying Creation West festival in George WA) is possibly the longest-running and largest overall Christian music festival in the United States. ApologetiX played main stage several years ago, and ever since, we've had people asking when we were going to play again.

Well, let's just say this: In 1999, our fans barraged Creation's offices with letters and emails asking for us to play there. It was too late for 1999, but Creation listened and had us on main stage in 2000. We're on the ballot this year (Yes, we double checked before we included this blurb :) here's a chance to make it happen. Here's the link:

Here's what the Creation festival's people have to say about the voting:

"Help us book the musicians for the Creation Festival 2005 and maybe win FREE tickets! The Creation Festival wants to know which artists you would like to see at Creation 2005. Your input really counts and definitely will have an impact."

By completing the survey, your name will be automatically entered in a drawing to win a pair of Creation 2005 Tickets. It is easy! Just enter your information in all of the required fields, then hit submit. Winners will be selected and notified by Jan. 1st.

Click here to go to Creation Festival Survey Page:

EAST: June 29 to July 2,
The Agape Farm, Mt. Union, PA
WEST: July 27 to 30,
The Gorge Amphitheater, George, WA

7. Funny Email of the Week

Here's a great email we received recently from a fan in Washington state:

"The other day I went to pick my 5-year old son up at daycare. When I got there one of his teachers told me that they got in an arguement. Apparently they were listening to YMCA and my son was singing it YHWH. They "corrected" him, but he insisted that's how it went. I told the teacher about you guys and she thought it was pretty funny. Anyway, I thought you might like to hear the story. Keep up the great work." Aaron Young Burlington, WA "P.S. I just picked up 'Ticked' today and it's great."

8. Luther, the Wesleys & Parodies ... Plus a Cool Email

Legend has it that Martin Luther and John and Charles Wesley (of the Methodist Church) rewrote popular music from the taverns to accompany some of their hymns. Recently, church scholars have presented pretty convincing proof that Luther and the Wesleys did NOT do so, and that the legend arose from a misconception about the word "bar tune" or "bar form," which seminary students assumed meant a tune sung in local drinking establishments, but is actually a form of poetry popular in Medieval times -- a different kind of bar altogether.

But just because the founders of the Lutheran and Methodist traditions didn't use parodies after all, doesn't mean that Lutherans and Methodists today can't do so.

Dean McIntyre, a music officer with the United Methodist Church's Board of Discipleship who brought the story to the attention of the national press, noted in one article that although he believes the tavern argument is a myth, "This idea is that tavern songs can be used to justify using popular music today as a way to reach people, which I have no problem with."

And for an example of Lutherans advocating rewritten bar tunes that really came from the bars, we turn to a recent email we received from Chris Berman, a former Lutheran seminary student who is now married to a Lutheran pastor:

"Our whole family enjoys the ApologetiX. I've put several more of your CD's on my gift wish list for family. And my 7 year old twins have virtually worn out the 'Grace Period' CD. We plan on singing 'I'm a Receiver' in late October. It's perfect for Reformation Sunday. We'll put a note on the screen giving credit where ample credit is due.

"I'm totally amazed at how much work and talent it must take to write a good parody that reminds one of the wording of the original, yet stands alone as a well-written song. My husband is a Lutheran pastor and I attended seminary as well. You guys clearly put a great deal of prayer and thought into your work. It's not only fun, it's solid theology. May God continue to bless your work."

Editor's Note: Although Luther and the Wesleys may not have used parodies, the founder of another very influential evangelical denomination did. William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, an extremely evangelical organization that did much to help the poor and the drunks in the streets, used the music of popular tunes for hymns. In the biography, 'William and Catherine Booth: Founders of the Salvation Army," by Helen K. Hosier, it states the following:

'Satan would have to be battled within his own strongholds, and any means was justifiable, William decided, if it would attract sinners to listen to the message of salvation ... Thus it was that as the work grew, the music and street parades attracted increasing crowds of people who scorned the regular churches. 'Why should the devil have all the best tunes?' William replied when chided for appropriating music of popular tunes for his hymns ... "

"The saying that 'the devil has no right to all the good tunes' has been attributed to both William Booth and Charles Spurgeon. But it was George Scott Railton, who was to become William's lieutenant general in 1873 and was well-known as an author and songwriter, who concluded an article 'About Singing' (1874) with this impassioned plea: 'Oh, let us rescue this precious instrument from the clutches of the devil, and make it, as it may be made, a bright and lively power for good!'"

9. Upcoming Concerts (Including New One in Corpus Christi TX)

This list adds concerts frequently, so stay tuned for more info. For the full details on all of the concerts below, please go to and scroll to the bottom.

To inquire about booking a concert, please contact
Kathleen Burke
Burke Communications
949-770-3001 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST).

Sep 18 - Alton IL Sep 25 - State College, PA Oct 1 - Davie, FL Oct 2 - Big Rapids, MI Oct 9 - Peachtree City, GA Nov 27 - Green Bay, WI Dec 11 - Corpus Christi, TX NEW Dec 31 - Smithland, KY



-- J. Jackson Lead Singer/Lyricist ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band)

John 5:24
(Jesus is speaking) "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life."

--------------------------------------------------------------- ApologetiX That Christian Parody Band