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04.05.24Five Months Till the Big ApologetiX Show
04.05.24Influential Albums: 1423-1429
04.05.24The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
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04.01.24New Single: Two-Hit Wonders
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03.29.24Rock the Bible Finishes Up
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03.29.24Influential Albums: 1416-1422
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03.28.24Clues for 2024 Single #7
03.25.24This Week's News Bulletin
03.22.24Influential Albums: 1409-1415
03.22.24This Week's Bible-Reading
03.22.24The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
03.20.24This Week's News Bulletin
03.20.24New Single: Top-Five Hits by Four-Man Bands
03.16.24Influential Albums: 1402-1408
03.16.24This Week's Bible-Reading and Rock Thru the Bible
03.12.24This Week's News Bulletin
03.09.24Influential Albums: 1395-1401
03.09.24This Week's Bible-Reading and Rock Thru the Bible
03.09.24The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
03.05.24This Week's News Bulletin
03.03.24New Single: '74 Solo Smashes
03.01.24A Serious Problem We're Trying to Address
02.29.24All About Our Next CD
02.29.24Influential Albums: 1388-1394
02.29.24This Week's Bible-Reading and Rock Thru the Bible
02.29.24Clues for 2024 Single #5
02.25.24This Week's News Bulletin
02.22.24Get Ready for Our Next CD
02.22.24Influential Albums: 1381-1387
02.22.24This Week's Bible Reading and Rock Thru the Bible
02.22.24Wayne Is Retiring, What's Next for Him and Us?
02.22.24The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
02.19.24This Week's News Bulletin
02.19.24New Single: Billy & The Beach
02.16.24Influential Albums: 1374-1380
02.16.24This Week's Bible Reading and Rock Thru the Bible
02.16.24Remembering ApX Friend Paul "Doc" Nigh (1956-2024)
02.16.24Clues for 2024 Single #4
02.10.24Influential Albums: 1367-1373
02.10.24This Week's Bible Reading and Rock Thru the Bible
02.10.24The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
02.06.24This Week's News Bulletin
02.06.24New Single: '74 & '83
02.03.24ApX Lead Singer/Lyricist Shares His Testimony 36 Years Later
02.03.24Influential Albums: 1360-1366
02.03.24This Week's Bible Reading and Rock Thru the Bible
02.03.24Latest CD Added to iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Etc.
02.02.24Clues for 2024 Single #3
01.29.24This Week's News Bulletin
01.26.24Influential Albums: 1353-1359
01.26.24How to Get the ApX Library, USBs, Multiple Downloads
01.26.24This Week's Bible-Reading and Rock Thru the Bible
01.26.24Flashback: J.'s Vision for ApologetiX in 2014
01.26.24J.'s Vision for ApologetiX in 2024
01.26.24The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
01.24.24Checking in With ApX Alum Drummer Fred Behanna
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01.22.24New Single: '70s #1 Hits That Remade '60s Top 10 Hits
01.19.24Influential Albums: 1346-1352
01.19.24Encouraging Message from Longtime Fan in Oklahoma
01.19.24This Week's Bible-Reading & Rock Thru the Bible
01.15.24This Week's News Bulletin
01.12.24Influential Albums: 1339-1346
01.12.24The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
01.12.24Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
01.12.24New Testament Reading Started Wednesday
01.11.24New Worship Songs Available from ApX Alum Bill Rieger
01.08.24New Single: '81 & '83
01.08.24New CD BOGO Ends Sunday
01.08.24New USB Thumb Drives on the Way
01.05.24Clues for 2024 Single #1
01.05.24Influential Albums: 1332-1338
01.05.24Have You Heard About the Other Music City Miracle?
01.05.24This Week's Bible Reading & Rock Thru the Bible
12.29.23Influential Albums: 1325-1331
12.29.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week
12.28.232023: A Record-Breaking Record-Making Year
12.28.23The Stories Behind the Songs on This Single
12.26.23This Week's News Bulletin
12.26.23New Single: 1974 & 2008
12.23.23Influential Albums: 1318-1324
12.23.23Rock Thru the Bible with ApX This Week

Flashback: J.'s Vision for ApologetiX in 2014
Fri., Jan. 26. 2024 2:04pm EST

What a difference a decade makes! We first published this on January 30, 2014. It's interesting to re-read now, knowing all that's happened for us the past 10 years. God is good!

J.'s Vision for ApologetiX in 2014

J. Jackson, lead singer and lyricist for ApologetiX here.

Sometimes when you're trying to live for Christ, you have to go with your God-guided gut -- even when it's scary and you wonder afterward if you've just done something stupid.

One of those times for me was in early 1992, when Andy and I drove to a popular new Christian coffeehouse and gave the manager a demo tape of our unpolished, unconventional, unnamed band.

Another time was early 1995, when I bought a bunch of modern-rock cassettes in an attempt to write parodies that would better relate to the younger audiences people kept asking us to play for.

Yet another was late 1998, when I left a good job where I'd worked for almost a decade, because ApologetiX needed somebody to handle day-to-day operations full time.

All of those decisions look like "no brainers" now, but they didn't feel that way back then. And there have been plenty of others. In fact, I'm in the midst of another one right now. People often ask what my vision is for the future of ApologetiX. I usually tell them I take it one day at a time. But I do have a vision for 2014:

This Friday will be my 26th born-again birthday. One of my biggest influences musically as a new Christian was a guy named Keith Green. He died in a plane crash six years before I ever heard of him, but he left behind a wealth of great Christian music to inspire me. I've now lived over 20 years longer than he. Thankfully, Mick Jagger still has 21 years on me, Steven Tyler has 15, and "Weird Al" has five.

I hope to live to see my five kids all grow up and have families of their own, and I'd love to keep doing ApologetiX for many more years. Nevertheless, I feel compelled to put out as much music as I can this year. Over the years, I've written many more parodies than we've been able to record. I believe this is the time to get it recorded and out there.

We already have about 40 songs in the works for 2014, and I'd like to put out more. I believe God has given us some very powerful songs to share. This is a big matter of faith. It costs money to make the music (paying musicians, producers, manufacturers), and we're making more of it available at lower cost.

Moreover, in the last year, we've made several musical projects available to fans for a donation of any size. We want to do more of those, including the two new songs we just introduced this week. That's something Keith Green tried, and I know from reading his biography that it wasn't easy. But I'm going with my God-guided gut and plenty of prayer. Please keep us in your prayers, too.