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ApologetiX in Michigan, Wisconsin, Mongolia?
Thu., Jan. 24. 2002 2:12pm EST

J. Jackson from ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) here.

Thanks to everybody who prayed for ApologetiX drummer Bill Rieger's foot, which was severely injured before the concert on New Year's Eve. Not only did Bill play all three of our concerts last weekend in Ohio and Kansas, he even helped drive ... only the members of this band know just how much pressure that means Bill was able to put on his foot! God is awesome!

1. This Weekend: Michigan (Friday) and Wisconsin (Saturday & Sunday
2. Football & Faith
3. Next Weekend: Edinboro PA (Friday)
4. ApologetiX in Mongolia
5. The Real Sin Savior Hits the Charts in USA and Australia
6. ApologetiX Interviews on the Net
7. Other Upcoming Concerts


The states of Michigan and Wisconsin have been especially good to us in recent years. We seem to play an increasing number of concerts there, and that's fine with us, because the people there are awesome! A year ago, we spent the final Friday of January in Michigan, and that's where we'll be this time, too. Then it's two days in Wisconsin.

Friday, Jan. 25, 2002 at 8 p.m.
Heritage Center, Alma College
614 W. Superior
Alma MI
Admission: Tickets 989-463-7304
Contact: Lee Owens/Trinity Bible Fellowship 989-466-8021

Sat., Jan. 26, 2002 at 7 p.m.
"Gifts Galore"
Trinity Lutheran Church
501 Stewart Ave.
Wausau WI Contact: Glen Dawursk 715-843-7023

Sun., Jan. 27, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Sponsored by Cornerstone Christian Church
New London High School Auditorium
1700 Klatt Road
New London WI T
icket Info: Joe Olson 920-982-5386 Pastor Kevin Christian

As a nervous Steelers fan (I know we're heavily favored against the Patriots, but I still remember the championship games we lost in '94 and '97 and almost lost in '95), I feel bad for you Packers fans and Bears fans after last week's losses. I was rooting for both of those teams to do well during the season. But now you have no excuse for missing us in Wisconsin this weekend! As it is, we will have to listen to the Steelers game in the van on the way to the concert and during set-up. I don't do well with such stress. Then again, I'm a guy who used to change the channel when there was a tense moment on "Leave it to Beaver" or "Lassie," too! Yeah, no kidding!


Speaking of the Steelers, Jason Gildon, star linebacker for the Steelers, has a son who was in my daughter's Wednesday night church class last year and who attends the same Christian school as she does this year (He's in kindergarten; she's in pre-school.) But here's something I think you'll find even more interesting: I read some very inspiring quotes from Steelers quarterback, Kordell Stewart, in a recent ESPN magazine cover story, as he talked about his turnaround at the end of last season that has carried into this season, taking him from a second-string quarterback who was almost out of chances to the leader of the team with the best record in the AFC and a player who finished fourth in this year's MVP voting:

" I started praying again and called my daddy and my old Colorado coach, Bill McCartney (Editor's note: McCartney was one of the main guys involved at the start of Promise Keepers), all my Christian friends."

Then later, Stewart recounted a story about an important comeback game that turned everything around for him: "So I go inside to the training table and start praying. I say, ėGod, I'm as scared as all outdoors, but whatever you have in store for me, let it be seen' ... So first drive. It's third and 16, and some dude knocks the ball out of my hands. The guy's holding my left arm, but the ball hits the turf and bounces straight up into my right hand. I ain't lying! Suddenly there's nobody within 10 yards of me. I can run as far as I can see. And I run for like 25 yards. Now, you tell me what that is. That's confirmation, bro'. We score, get the ball back, and we call a quarterback draw. I take off, and Anthony Dorsett comes and hits me in my chest and falls off me like I'm a block of ice. And I score, and all the boys jump on me, and we win the game, man. And that was one of the most inspirational moments in my life, like the Hail Mary pass against Michigan in college. Because this was a test of my faith."

Stewart closed the interview with the following quote: "I've been dipped in some holy water. I've been dipped, bro'. Terry Bradshaw may not want to come back here, but I'll come back. I'll come back here and scratch your back. The same cat who threw beer on me? I'll shake his hand and go eat dinner with him today. And he'll be nervous as all outdoors, and I won't be. Tellin' you, bro'. Tellin' you."

I realize that there are Christians on every team, and I love that fact, but I never get tired of hearing athletes give God the credit for their accomplishments. And I know that football is just a game and God has bigger concerns than who wins. I just thought you might find the story encouraging. Thanks to ApologetiX fan Mike Froio, who gave the magazine to me at our New Year's Eve concert in E. Rochster, NY. Of course, he told me he gave it to me because he hated the Steelers, but I'll forgive him for that! :)


Fri., Feb. 1, 2002, at 7 p.m.
"The Hangout"
216 West Plum Street
Edinboro, PA
Web site
Contact: Sandy McMann 814-763-3704
Kelly Culbertson 814-734-9246


We love getting e-mails like this one from Mark Sampson, in Monroeville PA:

"ApologetiX (numerous CDs) was the main play on my daughter Kirby's CD player on a mission trip we took to Mongolia in August! Your tunes were jammin' all the way across the Pacific and literally into the middle of nowhere, which describes Mongolia perfectly. Keep the Change is probably the best stuff the Lord has blessed you guys with so far. Everything from the title and supporting meaning behind it to the great variety of music is top notch. Prayin' that the Lord will continue to bless you all in this great ministry."


We got this nice piece of news from a fan of ours named Doug in Ohio:

"Hey what's up, bro? I'm a fan of yours from up in Ohio and I'm proud to say I got your newest CD today, and you guys are off the charts. I've heard both versions of Bethlehemian Rhapsody leave me and my older brother in stitches because of the great wordplay you guys have used to display one of God's more well known stories from the Old Testament ... Its an awesome CD ... Anyways, what I'm really writing about is to inform you that your song "The Real Sin Savior" is on the also known as "The Chart". This is basically a Christian music chart that lets the fans vote for their favorite songs on and off the radio and through some calculations that I can't exactly apprehend (being only in the eighth grade), songs get on the list and it is kind of like MTV's TRL only for the Christian groups. Anyways, check it out and congrats on making it. It updates every week."

The same week, we got this e-mail from a DJ in South Australia:

"Lynton from Life FM in Adelaide here, mate. Just wanted to let you know we've had a HUGE response for The Real Sin Saviour. Excellently written, and I get calls every time I play it. I listened to Eminem's original the other day and was stunned at how similar they are!! Anyway, we're doing a Top 200 most requested songs of the last three years or so - and Real Sin Saviour got in, so I was wondering if you could send us 4 or 5 copies for giveaway during the Top 200. Thanks, mate."

Those of you familiar with our parody, "The Real Sin Savior," will get a kick out of this one: We recently did back-to-back concerts in Missouri (Hey, we'll be doing that again in about two weeks), and at each concert, I got to meet that particular concert's promoter for the first time. Here's the weird thing: Although the concerts were about three hours apart from each other, each promoter was wearing an NFL shirt of a team other than his hometown team, and each promoter greeted me with the words, "But, J., what if we pray?" from our "The Real Sin Savior" parody. It was the first time I had been greeted with those words ever. And it happened on back to back days from promoters wearing NFL shirts that weren't their hometown team. We need to get a commemorative coin fired up for that one!


Thanks to God's provision and the hard work of our publicist, Kathleen Burke, we do a lot of radio and newspaper interviews. Most of the time, I forget to tell you about them, but here are two that you can check out for yourself:

Wed., January 30, at 7:35 a.m. EST, I'll be doing an interview with WCTL in Waterford, PA (near Erie). The station has a website with Internet streaming, so you can listen to the interview. Here's the website:

Also, our guitarist/producer, Karl Messner, and bassist/comedian, Keith Haynie, both were interviewed this week for an on-line feature in the Beaver County Times in the Pittsburgh PA area, and the story will be on line sometime today, although it's not there yet as of 2:04 a.m. as I type this! But it will be there by the end of the day! Here's where to go to check it out:


Fri., Feb. 8, 2002 at 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Camdenton
181 Iowa Street
Camdenton MO
Contact: Rusty Gunn
Church Office: 573-346-3355

Sat.,Feb. 9, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Sponsored by Cheerful Heart Ministries
First Baptist Church
926 Broadway Cape
Ticket Info: 47 Advance, $9 door
Contact: Jim Hoyt/Cheerful Heart Ministries
Web Site for tickets and contact info

Fri., Feb. 22, 2002 at 8 p.m.
Jackson St. Station at Southside Baptist Church
2300 South Jackson St.
Janesville, WI 53545
Tickets $5 advance, $7 door
Contact: David or Debi Ashley
Phone: (608) 757-8220

Sat., Feb. 23, 2002 (Two Shows) 6:30-8:00 p.m. 8:45-10:15 p.m.
Cup O' Joy Coffee House
232 South Broadway
Green Bay WI
Admission: Free (Love Offering Taken) Contact: Jan Oettinger
Cup Phone (open hours only): 920-435-3269
Jan's phone: 920-437-6694

Sun., Feb. 24, 2002 at 5 p.m., opening act at 3:30 p.m.
Eastview Christian Church
Martinsville IN
Sponsored by the Seekers of God Youth Group of Martinsville Baptist Church
Admission: Free
Contact: Rick Hoffman
Church Phone: 765-342-3616

Saturday, March 2nd Time TBA
Ticketed Event
The Spectrum Statium
"The Kicks" Soccer Game
Philadelphia, PA
Admission: Tickets
Contact: Time DeMoss, WZZD

Saturday, March 8, 2002 at TBA
Ticketed Event-
Sponsored by KNLE Radio
Westlake Fine Arts Auditorium
4100 Westbank Drive
Austin, TX
Contact: Brandon Johnson
Station Phone: 512-257-8801

Saturday, April 13, 2002 at 7 p.m.
West Virginia Annual Conference
United Methodist Youth Spring Gathering
Fairmont WV
Admission: Tickets
Contact: James Malick
Phone: 304-366-5188

Saturday, April 20, 2002 at evening
Medina Alliance Fellowship
699 E. Smith Road
Medina, OH
Contact: Rev. Dave Wiener Church Home Page:

Friday, April 26, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Ticketed Event
Glad Tidings Church
750 E. Grangeville
Hanford CA
Contact: Jeff Milhon 559-584-6644

Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 10:30 a.m.
Venue TBA
Sacramento CA
Admission: Tickets
Contact: Kathleen Burke

Saturday, June 8, 2002 at 7 p.m. Ticketed Event
Spirit FM Crossover Festival
N. Highway 5
Camdenton MO
Admission: Tickets
Contact: Jim McDermott
Web Site Information:

June 19-22, 2002, TBA
Atlanta Fest
Six Flags Over Georgia "Edge Stage"
Date and time TBA
Atlanta Fest runs June 19-22, 2002 Visit their web site at

Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m.
"Stage 2"
Ticketed Event
Sonshine Fest
2002 Wilmar, MN
Sonshine Fest runs from July 11, 12, 13

July 11-14 TBA
Sunnyview Fairgrounds and Expo Center
Oshkosh, WI
Stage, date, and time TBA LIFEST runs July 11,12,13,14
Admission: Ticketed Event Or
telephone 800-955-5433

Saturday, July 20 at TBA
Spirit Fest Midwest - Variety Stage
Detroit Lakes MN
Admission: Tickets
Web Site:

Saturday July 27, 2002 at 8 p.m.
Atwood Lake Ministries
6181 Riggle Road NE
Somerdale OH
Admission: Tickets
Contact: John Frazee Phone: 330-859-2578

Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 8 p.m.
Kingdom Bound
Six Flags
Darien Lake NY
Admission: Tickets
Web Site for more info:

Saturday, August 10, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Restoration Church
Wisconsin Rapids WI
Admission: TBA
Contact: Brian Hilgard Phone: 715-424-5834

Saturday, August 24, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Old Bethel United Methodist Church
7995 East 21st Street
Indianapolis IN
Admission: TBA
Contact: Jason Rae Phone: 317-359-9651

Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 8 p.m.
ApologetiX Headlines this concert day. OC Supertones Headline on Sunday. Altoona PA
Admission: Tickets
Contact Doug Sloey 814-940-0112

Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002 at TBA
Six Flags
Jackson NJ
Admission: Tickets
Contact: Tim DeMoss/WZZD

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002 at TBA
Ticketed Event - Sponsored by Calvary United Methodist Church
The Palace Theatre
276 E. Center Street
Marion OH
Admission: TBA
Contact: Rev. Dr. Michael Mohr or Jon Crothers/Youth Advisor
Office: 740-387-6830

Hope to see you there!


This is from Chris Rieger, wife of our drummer, Bill Rieger. Chris assures us this is not an e-mail hoax and is actually from a friend of hers. Chris' e-mail is

"I have a special request which is of the utmost importance. Most of you know that I have participated in a Medical Mission to Mexico for the past three years. While there I came to know a very special little girl named Adela. While in Mexico for the Mission we stay at an orphanage. Adela is at the same one. Adela wasn't there this year. The story is that her Mom came and got her. Perfect ending right? Wrong! Mom came and got her 12 year old daughter to sell her! Unthinkable right? Not down there. We will never know the dark, desperate place you must be to sell your own daughter. It happens all the time, but this time I know one of these kids. She is precious and innocent. I am asking for your prayers. There is a group of us trying to find the mother. We hope to negotiate the price and bring Adela here to be adopted by a waiting family. The problem is finding the mother before it is too late. We really need divine intervention in this situation. I know it is only one child, but better to save one child from the "wolves" than none at all. I need to at least try. The time for the Power of Prayer is now! Thank you for remembering Adela. With deepest gratitude, Andrea Jordan. "

Thanks for praying for Adela and for praying for ApologetiX.



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

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.