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06.23.17How to Donate Online or By Mail
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06.23.17What Songs Are on Our New CD, Zebraic?
06.23.17New CD in Stock, Buy 1 Get 1 of 28 Titles Free
06.23.17New Single Spoofs 'Til Tuesday & REM
06.19.17New Single is Here, New CD is Almost Here
06.19.17Get Multiple Downloads for Any Size Donation
06.17.17ApologetiX: That Christian Wedding Band?
06.17.17Clues for Sunday Night's Single
06.15.17Fans from 28 States Coming to 25th Anniversary Show
06.09.17New Single Spoofs Two American Bands
06.09.17Norway to Heaven: Fan Mail from Scandinavia
06.09.17An Edifying Email from a Delaware DJ
06.09.17Get a Custom ApX Lapel Pin
06.09.17The Title and Theme of Our Upcoming 48th CD
06.02.17Prayers for ApX at the Wailing Wall in Israel
06.02.17Ohio Man Says ApX Show Was a High Point in His Life
06.02.17Clues for Our Upcoming Single
05.30.17ApologetiX Needs Summer Help and Prayer
05.26.17Fan Mail from a Science Teacher in MI
05.23.17New Single is a Sequel: Poisonous Scorpions Vol. 2
05.20.17Keith Haynie Returns from Nashville, Rumors Abound
05.20.17Seats Filling Fast for 25th Anniversary Show in August
05.20.17Clues for Our Next Single
05.18.17Custom ApX Lapel Pins Available
05.15.17Autographed CD Sale Ends Tuesday
05.12.17New Single is Our Most Creative Ever
05.12.177 Autographed CDs (Ends Tuesday)
05.12.1710 Little Opinions: Brief Notes from Fans All Over
05.12.17Happy Birthday, Moose!
05.08.17Get Multiple Downloads for Any Size Donation
05.05.17Clues for Our Next Single
05.05.17Some Scriptural Thoughts About Cinco de Mayo
05.05.17Clues for Our Next Single
04.28.17Bible Quizzers Celebrate with ApX Victory Song
04.28.17How About New Shirts and a New DVD?
04.28.17New Single Spoofs Van Halen & Loverboy
04.24.17New Single Spoofs 2 Bands That Epitomized the 80's
04.22.17New Zealand Fan Listens to ApX Several Hours a Day
04.22.17ApX as Big in Japan as in the United States
04.21.17Clues for This Weekend's Single
04.21.17New CD BOGO Deal Ends Sunday Night
04.18.17The Latest News from ApologetiX 4-18-17
04.14.17More ApologetiX Easter Videos on YouTube
04.14.17Prayer Request for Longtime Fan in Alabama
04.11.17New Single Spoofs 70s & 80s
04.05.17Happy Birthday, Jimmy "Vegas" Tanner
04.05.17Clue for Replacement Song on Next Single
04.05.17ApX Plays Moon, Venus, and Mars
04.03.17Why Does ApologetiX Need Help Now?
03.30.17What Songs Are on the New CD, Very Vicarious?
03.30.17Air India: ApX Interviewed by Radio One India
03.30.17Come to Our 25th Anniversary Show in August
03.30.17Clues for Sunday Night's Single
03.27.17New CD in Stock, ApX 25th Anniversary Today
03.24.17Moose Music: Rieger Releases Solo Project
03.21.17New Single Spoofs 70s & 90s
03.21.17What Songs Are on the New CD, Very Vicarious?
03.17.17Australian Fan Encouraged by ApX Song
03.17.17Clues for This Weekend's Single
03.16.17ApX Fan Battles Pancreatic Cancer
03.16.17Apolo-Vet-iX: Dog's Doc Digs ApX
03.09.17"1000 Tracks for 100 Bucks" Ends Sunday
03.09.17The Title and Theme of Our Upcoming 47th CD
03.09.17Jewish Believer in Wyoming is a New ApX Fan
03.09.17ApX Supplies Soundtrack for Sunday Shift
03.07.17Bill "Moose" Rieger Set to Release New CD
03.06.17New Single Spoofs the Swingin' 60's
03.04.17ApX Fan Moving to Nepal for Missions
03.04.17Good News from Peewee Valley KY
03.04.17ApX Singer Does Radio Interview in Clearwater FL
03.04.17Todd Waites Back in States from Nicaragua
03.04.17Clues for Sunday Night's Single
02.22.17Amazing Terry Bradshaw Football Card Testimony
02.22.17Longtime TX Fan Takes ApX with Him to OK
02.22.17Pardon Me, Boy, Was That the Chattanooga New Two?
02.22.17New Single Spoofs Foreigner & Spin Doctors
02.22.17Fan Will Match Your Donations Through Tuesday
02.20.17New Single, Lapel Pins & More
02.16.17From Longtime Fans in California & Alaska
02.16.17From a New Fan in Missouri
02.16.17Virginia Fan Likes Latest CD and Fan Testimonies
02.16.17Clues for Our Next Single
02.16.17Prayer Request for Fan's Mother
02.13.17We Need Help But We Have a Gift For Our Helpers
02.09.17California Fan Echoes Our Sentiments
02.08.17New Single Spoofs Classic Rockers & New Wavers
02.08.17Who Says Pittsburghers Can't Be Oilers Fans?
02.08.17From a New Fan in Florida
02.08.17Missionary Wears ApX Shirt in Nine Nations
02.06.17New Single (70s & 80s), New USBs, 1000 Tracks Deal
02.01.17Clues for Our Next Single
02.01.17ApX "Sirens" Video Impacts Cleveland Congregation
02.01.17Wyoming Woman Uses Us for Sunday School
02.01.17Fan Has Message for Other ApX Fans
01.25.17ApX Keyboardist Becomes a Grandfather
01.25.17Sharing ApX (and the Gospel) on the Job in Oregon
01.25.17"Alexa, Play ApologetiX"
01.25.17Introducing ApX to Apaches in AZ

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 rew5@attbi.com


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
Email youth@afsbc.org
WEB SITE: http://www.afsbc.org


3. Two Weeks Out: State College PA

Saturday, September 25, 2004
FREE ADMISSION
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
Contact: concertteam@therockinvasion.com
Website: http://www.therockinvasion.com/


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
WEBSITE: http://www.calvarysawgrass.org

Sat. October 2, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $10 General Admission. AND, Delegates ticket is included in weekend registration!
Purchase tickets through Christian.com or itickets.com
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
www.usc.salvationarmy.org
GENERAL INFO call 616-459-3433 Capt. Tim Meyer
EMAIL: tmeyer@usc.salvationarmy.org

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!
Website: http://www.4nights.org


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
booking@apologetix.com
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:

http://www.itickets.com/contest/creation/

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: http://www.itickets.com/contest/creation/

PLAN NOW TO ATTEND CREATION '2004:
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 http://www.apologetix.com/tour.html and scroll to the bottom.

To inquire about booking a concert, please contact
Kathleen Burke
booking@apologetix.com
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

Apologetically,

J.

-- J. Jackson Lead Singer/Lyricist ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) www.apologetix.com j@apologetix.com



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."

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