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11.29.21New Single: '83 & '84, Complete Library Deal
11.29.21Get Over 1425 Tracks for $100 This Week
11.29.21Get Multiple Downloads for One Donation
11.27.21Christmas Playlist: A Month's Worth of Parodies
11.27.21Bible-Reading Update: Jeremiah 7-48
11.27.21Influential Albums: 561-567
11.27.21Kansas Fan Lists Her ApX Top 10
11.27.21How to Help the Studio Where We Record (It's Free)
11.27.21New USBs Include New CD and Latest Single
11.23.21This Week's News Bulletin
11.20.21This Week's ApX Radio Show: Thanksgiving
11.20.21How to Get the New ApX Digital Interactive Songbook
11.20.21How to Donate Online or by Mail
11.20.21How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
11.20.21Wyoming Fan Lists Her ApX Top 10
11.20.21Prayer Update on Bill Turner
11.19.21Influential Albums: 554-560
11.16.21This Week's News Bulletin
11.13.21Influential Albums: 547-553
11.13.21New CD BOGO Extended by Request
11.13.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 19th Single
11.08.21New Single ('80 & '84)
11.06.21We Changed Two Songs on Our Last Two Singles
11.06.21Serious Prayer Update: Bill Turner
11.05.21Influential Albums: 540-546
11.03.21This Week's News Bulletin
10.30.21Happy Prayer Request Update: Bill Turner
10.30.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 18th Single
10.30.21Influential Albums: 533-539
10.25.21New Single: '86 & '89
10.22.21Four Members Celebrate ApX Anniversaries
10.22.21Sad Prayer Request Update: Angela Walker
10.22.21Influential Albums: 526-532
10.21.21Clues for 2021 Single #18
10.16.21Prayer Request Updates: Angela Walker & Bill Turner
10.15.21Another Rieger Daughter Becomes a Bride
10.15.21Influential Albums: 519-525
10.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 17th Single
10.13.21New Single: '85 & '86
10.09.21Updated on Three Prayer Requests from Last Week
10.08.21Influential Albums: 512-518
10.08.21What's on the Never, but Then Again Before CD?
10.04.21This Week's News Bulletin
10.03.21Important Prayer Requests from Three Fans
10.03.21Influential Albums: 505-511
10.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 16th Single
09.30.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
09.28.21New Single: 80's Solo Superstars
09.25.21Next CD Coming Next Month
09.25.21Influential Albums: 498-504
09.25.21New USB Flash Drives Include New CD & Single
09.20.21Couple Will Match All Donations Thru Thursday
09.17.21Urgent Prayer Request for Bill Turner
09.17.21From a Native American ApX Fan in Montana
09.17.21Influential Albums: 491-497
09.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 15th Single
09.15.21New Single: 80's One-Hit Wonders (Almost)
09.12.21Clues for 2021 Single #15
09.12.21Influential Albums: 484-490
09.07.21This Week's News Bulletin
09.04.21Super Sentiments from 16 States & Saskatchewan
09.04.21Another Praise Report from Darnell Cline
09.04.21No Single This Wkd: Here's Why & What's in the Works
09.04.21Influential Albums: 477-483
08.27.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 14th Single
08.27.21Influential Albums: 470-476
08.24.21New Single: 2 from 1986
08.22.21New CD BOGO Ends Wednesday
08.22.21Big Bunch o' Books: What J.'s Been Reading Lately
08.20.21Influential Albums: 463-469
08.16.21This Week's News Bulletin
08.14.21Influential Albums: 456-462
08.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 13th Single
08.10.21New Single: 2 Top 10 Hits from 1985
08.07.21Rich Gets Quick: Fastest ApX Member to 100 Songs
08.07.21Influential Albums: 449-455
08.07.21New CD in Stock: Buy 1, Get 1 of 33 CDs Free
08.02.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.30.21More Prayer Needed for Darnell Cline
07.30.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 12th Single
07.30.21Influential Albums: 442-448
07.27.21New Single: More Mid-80's Music
07.25.21Influential Albums: 435-441
07.25.21What's on the Get Rich Quick CD?
07.22.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 11th Single
07.16.21Father of the Bride (and Father of the Bride 2)
07.16.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
07.16.21Influential Albums: 428-434
07.12.21New 80's Single: #1 Hit and a One-Hit Wonder
07.10.21Darnell Cline: Encouragement from Other ApX Fans
07.10.21Update on Last Week's Appeal Letter
07.10.21Get Ready for Our 62nd CD
07.10.21Remembering ApX Fan Steve Fagan
07.10.21Influential Albums: 421-427
07.08.21Clues for 2021 Single #11
07.05.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.02.21Darnell Cline: Continued Improvement, Long Way to Go
07.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 10th Single
07.01.21Influential Albums: 414-420

ApologetiX Singer/Lyricist Shares His Story
Wed., Feb. 16. 2011 7:44pm EST

We asked ApologetiX lead singer and lyricist J. Jackson to talk about how he became a born-again Christian. Here's what he said:

I was raised in a God-fearing family and attended 12 years of religious school. To those around me, I seemed to be an extremely moral person -- I was even a choirboy -- but I was also acutely aware that I was a sinner. I've always had a pretty sensitive conscience, and when I became an adolescent there were all kinds of temptations to deal with, and I sinned just like everybody else did.

By the time I got to college, I felt I was just as bad a sinner as everybody else, but by their standards, I still wasn't. I didn't drink, take drugs, engage in the same level of promiscuity, or even swear. But by the time I got out of college, I'd become quite a hedonist -- looking for a good time all the time. That eventually led me to agnosticism, because if you're not sure there's a God, you're not sure what you're doing is a sin. Ignorance is bliss, so they say.

Agnosticism eventually led to my spending a year as an atheist, pretending like there was no God. But the more I ran from God, the more He pursued me. I looked for answers in science, philosophy, and the pursuit of pleasure, but this nagging voice still was telling me there was a God and there were consequences for my actions.

Finally, on Super Bowl Sunday, I slipped away from a party at my girlfriend's apartment and walked into an empty church and poured my heart out to God. I acknowledged that I didn't have anything to offer Him of my own as far as good works, and that I needed Him in my life. I thought the church was empty that day, but it wasn't. God was there. I was empty before I came in, but when I left, God was there. And there's been no turning back since.

This is a very simplified version of the story. God did many things along the way in grade school, high school, and college, that eventually led me to Him. But I don't want to overwhelm you with details. Suffice it to say that once I put all my faith in Christ and started reading the Bible, I never wanted to stop. I read the Bible cover to cover and then over and over and never stopped.

That first year was very exciting. I saw God answer many prayers, and He put me around many other young people who were just as hungry for Him. It was amazing when we compared notes and saw how He had led each of us to Him. I've seen God do many incredible things in the many years since then.

In ApologetiX, we want to reach the lost and to teach the rest. Two years before I came to Christ, I was a reporter for the college newspaper and was assigned to cover the Christian apologist Josh McDowell as his spoke on the evidence for Christ's resurrection. Although it didn't convert me at the time, it profoundly impacted me, because I'd never known that there was such a large amount of proof for the Christian faith.

That same year I dated a girl who was studying with the Jehovah's Witnesses, a group that rejects many of the foundational teachings of Christianity. She told me once, "I don't want them to be right; prove to me they're wrong." I wanted to, but I couldn't at the time, because I didn't know the Bible. That challenge stuck with me and eventually got me interested in apologetics and being able to defend the faith. A few years later, I was able to help lead her to Christ, but I had much learning to do first.

And I'm still learning. I don't think I've missed a day of reading the Bible since I started, and it gets better every time I read it. And God teaches us a lot just through the things we experience as life goes on. You can actually hear different parts of my testimony in our parodies, especially "Choirboy" and "Look Yourself." As I tell people at concerts, we really believe what we're singing about.