ApologetiX in PA, WI, MN, OK, TX, IL, MI
Sat., Jul. 6. 2002 1:44pm EDT
J. Jackson, lead singer for ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) here.
Thanks to all of you who came out to see us in Kentucky, New Mexico,Missouri and Ohio in the past week!
After the New Mexico concert, I got an ear infection similar to the one I had last year when we were doing our first concerts in California. Last year, it was my right ear; this year, it's my left. The doctor says it's a pimple inside my ear which causes my ear to ache and then get clogged with wax, and he says there's nothing I can do to prevent it. The remedy is the same as last year ó antibiotics to remove the pimple. They seem to be working. Please pray for me. In addition to the pain (that's getting better, though), and the frustration of not being able to hear as well, it's no fun doing a concert with only one good ear. It's hard to hear whether I'm singing too loud, soft, flat or sharp. Miraculously, though, I prayed before last Sunday's concert that God would give me relief, and my ear opened up (this is before the antibiotics) right before the concert and stayed open and pain free until right after the concert. Is that miraculous or what? God is good!
1. ApologetiX in Elysburg PA Tonight
2. ApologetiX in MN, WI, OK, TX, IL and MI July 13-21
3. Upcoming Concerts
4. Update on J.'s Sister
5. Update on Bill's Mother
6. Grace Period Clue #14
7. ApologetiX Web Ring
1. APOLOGETIX IN ELYSBURG PA TONIGHT
Saturday, July 6, 2002 7:30 PM
$10 for all day event incl concert OR
$5.00 Concert Only
Elysburg Alliance Church
1 West Alpha Avenue
Contact: Scott Ziegler/Church office
2. APOLOGETIX IN MN, WI, OK, TX, IL AND MI JULY 13-21
Next weekend, we play nine straight dates in Minnesota (2), Wisconsin, Oklahoma (2), Texas (2), Illinois and Michigan. Hope to see many of you there!
Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m.
Sonshine Fest 2002
Sunday, July 14, 2002 at 2:45 p.m.
Pit Stage LiFest
Sunnyview Fairgrounds and Expo Center
Monday, July 15, 2002 9:00 p.m.
4725 NW 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK
Contact: Steve Burton 405-703-2699
Tuesday, July 16, 2002 7:00 PM
Tickets $10 advance, $12 door
(only 1,000 tickets available)
A.C. Jones High School Auditorium
sponsored by TRINITY CHRISTIAN CENTER
1902 N. Adams
Beeville, Texas 78102
Contact: Pastor Bob Tomlinson 361-358-6995
Web Site: www.TrinityBeeville.com
Wednesday, July 17, 2002
Contact: Christi & John Barnes
Thursday, July 18, 2002 7:00 PM
5345 S. Peoria Avenue
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74105
Contact: Scott Hall
Friday, July 19, 2002 7:00 PM
Contact: Paul Black
Saturday, July 20, 2002 1:45
Spirit Fest Midwest -
Detroit Lakes MN
Web Site: www.spiritfestmidwest.com
Sunday, July 21 7:00 PM
Messiah Lutheran Church
2300 E. Gordonville Road
Midland, MI 48640
Contact: Eric Gledhill
3. UPCOMING CONCERTS
To schedule a concert with ApologetiX, please contact Burke Communications at 949-770-3001 (9 a.m. To 5 p.m. PST) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jul 06 - Elysburg PA Jul 13 - Sonshine Fest MN Jul 14 - LiFest WI Jul 15 - Oklahoma City OK Jul 16 - Beeville TX Jul 17 - Dublin TX Jul 18 - Tulsa OK Jul 19 - Springfield IL Jul 20 - Spirit Fest Midwest MN Jul 21 - Midland MI Jul 27 - Somerdale OH Aug 04 - Inside Out Soul Fest NH Aug 07 - Kingdom Bound NY Aug 10 - Bloomington MN Aug 15 - Cullman AL Aug 17 - Clymer PA Aug 21 - Elizabethtown PA Aug 24 - Canton OH Aug 25 - Oakdale PA Aug 31 - Tipton PA Sep 01 - Six Flags NJ Sep 06 - Endicott NY Sep 07 - Marion OH Sep 11-15 - Honolulu HI Sep 21 - Holland MI Sep 28 - Huntington Station NY Oct 05 - Phoenix AZ Oct 12 - Columbia MO Oct 26 - Rockford IL Nov 09 - Green Bay WI
4. UPDATE ON J'S SISTER
As most of you know, my oldest sister, Jeannine, had a serious liver disorder and needed a new liver. Last week she got a liver transplant, and it was successful. However, it is a long road to recovery. As the doctor said, "It took her a long time to get this sick; it'll take her a long time to get better." In the meantime, she developed an infection, and the doctors had to operate on her again.
Here's an update from Jeannine's middle daughter, my niece Ellie:
On July 3, the doctors removed a hematoma (is that how you spell that?!) from near her liver that seemed to have a lot of infection in it. In re-opening her, they said that they probably spread the bacteria around a little, but they think now that they know more of what's going on, the antibiotics should really help. Today (July 5) was another great day!!! Mom was the most alert and upbeat as I've seen her in weeks! When we asked her how she felt, she even whispered "ok." She hasn't said she's felt OK since we brought her to Johns Hopkins over a month ago!!! The doctors all said that things are going great, and we're still putting up a good fight against the infection. Her whisper and cough are getting stronger, which her nurse said is great because that means she has more energy. Mom coughed so hard today that her dialysis machine turned off!!! Her nurse came running in and mom just looked up at her, still trying to cover her mouth while coughing. She's still trying to be very polite. Let's keep the good news coming!!! Keep the faith! ~Ellie
5. UPDATE ON BILL'S MOTHER
Here's an update from our drummer, Bill Rieger:
My mother's condition physically has continually worsened. The cancer in combination with the Sjorgren's is killing her and there is nothing to do about it. I've never felt so helpless. She is 59 years old. Her strength spiritually is amazing. She is inspiring. She is showing the fortitude and wisdom that has helped her survive all along.
It's my turn to stay with her right now and seeing that I am a musician, it makes sense that I take the late night shift. I am blessed with a job that I can spend entire days with her and I don't have to "call in sick" or use a "vacation day". The blessings, both small and large surround my mother as usual. Tonight, unlike today, she is sleeping peacefully and the whole hospital is dark and quiet. That's the way I like to see her. Its the way I want to remember her. Not that other stuff. During the day, in typical fashion for my family, we have turned the place into a zoo filled with non-sense and humor and anything else to distract us for those few seconds when we fear crying because we know we may not stop.
We have started a "best practices" chart in the room to see who is the best nurse and they are competing for "check marks" next to their names. Also, we have decided that Old Testament people had poor fashion sense in grieving; sackcloth and ashes was too drab. We shall all don Hawaii shirts. As you can imagine, its a visually loud paradise in this hospital room. She is on the top floor and has a room facing down town Pittsburgh. All the staff says that this is the best room to see the fireworks. She is looking forward to that.
One day, one fight, one step at a time. Best of all, one God, one way to salvation. Thanks to my ApologetiX family and our loyal, faithful friends and fans. Tens of thousands, albeit hundreds of thousands of prayers, after the ripples, for my mother, myself and my family. I and everyone here praises God for you. Peace Bill
If you'd like to e-mail Bill, sent it to email@example.com
6. GRACE PERIOD CLUE #14
August 1 is the scheduled release date for our seventh CD, "Grace Period," featuring 20 parodies of rock hits from yesterday and today. As we've done with previous releases, we're giving our e-mail subscribers clues as to the contents ó what our parody version is about and what song/artist we're spoofing. Here is clue #14:
I once heard a pastor preach about how snowflakes don't seem to weigh anything, but when a bunch of them pile up, they can get very heavy and bend or break the branches off trees. He said that God sends snowflakes (the evidence of Him) into our lives one by one until we either bend (ignore the evidence) or break (come to Him for salvation). I've always liked that analogy, and I can see many, many snowflakes (people, occurrences, "coincidences,") that happened in my life before I finally became a born again Christian. But the snow started falling early in my life.
God sends snow like that into all of our lives. The Bible says that the atheists and agnostics have no excuse, because the majesty and complexity of all creation proves that there is a God:
Romans 1:18-20 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
Psalm 19:1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
God also has given us a conscience, that tells us that certain things are right and wrong:
Romans 2:14-15 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.)
In addition to the witnesses of creation and conscience, God has given the world His Word, the Bible, as the best selling and most published (and most stolen, I've just been told) book of all time. He has also given the world missionaries and the testimonies of "ordinary" believers in Jesus Christ.
All of these things combine to make an avalanche of snow. Will you break or only bend?
The song we spoofed here was a recent top five hit (It's still in the Top 40, and two other songs spoofed on Grace Period are still in the Top 50), and the album from which it came has already sold over two million copies. The band that did the original version is new on the scene, although, like ApologetiX, they labored in obscurity for many years. They got their big break from the lead singer of a band we spoofed on our last CD, Keep the Change.
7. APOLOGETIX WEB RING
Here's an ApologetiX web ring created by firstname.lastname@example.org
J. -- J. Jackson Lead Singer/Lyricist ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) email@example.com
"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."