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World Needs Hope, We Need Help, Here's Our Plan
November 2, 2018, 11:44 am EDT
ApologetiX Fan Club Newsletter goes out to 64,154 subscribers.

In This Issue:

We Need Help (Tales of Tall Strangers) >>

More Reasons for Optimism  >>

Parody Plans for Nov-Jan >>

Clues for Our Next Single >>

Kind Words from 4 States >>

Buy Any CD, Get 1 Free >>

New USBs in Stock >>

How to Donate & Get MP3s >>

Tell Us About You.

Help us pick new songs to parody and cities to tour in by telling us about you. At least your zipcode and date of birth. (We won't tell anyone.)

Tell us about you >>

Photos from the Road

We try to take as many pictures of our concerts and fans as possible, and we have a bunch from our concert in Gahanna, OH on Sat., Nov 12.

See the photos from Gahanna, OH and other concerts.

Come to the Show
Nov. 30, 1999 at 12:00 am
info, tix, directions >>

Were You There?

Fans love to look up the photos on our website, and email them around. These are the ten most recent concerts that we have no photos from. Pick any concert you have photos for and please upload them.

1. Pittsburgh, PA  03.28.15
2. Barrington, RI  10.18.14
3. Harleysville, PA  10.17.14
4. Chesaning, MI  07.10.10

Upcoming Fan Birthdays

Happy birthday to all our fans and friends who are celebrating a birthday in the coming week including these 213 fans:

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Wanna Help the Band?

We're often asked if we accept donations. Yes we do. Like other ministries, we have many expenses. Although the donations aren't tax deductible, they are immediately put to good use. If you'd like to donate, thanks.

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

Thanks to all of you who expressed concern to us over the tragic shootings in Pittsburgh last Saturday. Squirrel Hill is only nine miles from my house; I've driven through the area countless times.

I've never been to Tree of Life Synagogue, but when ESPN came to my church and my house in 2016 to film that special on football and religion, they also filmed at Tree of Life. So it hits home even more.

Our song "Love the Jews" makes my feelings clear: God loves the Jews. He came to Earth in the flesh as a Jew, all of His Apostles were Jews, and so was every New Testament writer except Luke.

The producer of that ESPN show texted me this week, and I told him that growing up in this area, only once do I remember hearing anybody utter an anti-semitic term (some kid in high school talking about his friend).

I had Jewish neighbors as a kid, and nobody in our neighborhood said anything discriminatory about them or even made note of the fact that they were Jewish. They were good friends of our family.

The ESPN producer texted back: "I think we now live in a totally different country. When you hear about a shooting in a school, places of worship, work place, etc. you're not surprised. It's occurring every other week."

At times like this, we hear a lot about faith, love, and lack thereof. But something people really need right now is hope. I did a Bible word search, and you'd be amazed at how many times "hope" came up.

I'm writing a song about that, and we hope (no pun intended) to release it soon. In fact, there's an article below that'll tell you about 14 upcoming songs. Unfortunately, I have to tell you about something else first.

We Need Help (Tales of Tall Strangers)
November 2, 2018, 11:18 am EDT

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

Monday, my wife was approached in the city by a tall stranger, asking for money for food. They talked a bit, then she gave him a generous donation. He told her his name, hugged her, and thanked her. She looked him up online later; turns out she may have unwittingly helped a fugitive.

Tuesday, that same woman posted the following on Facebook: "My husband truly does have a faith that drives out fear. I admire that about him." Sounds like she's the one with faith that drives out fear. I'm glad she feels that way about me, but right now, I'lll admit I'm stressed. Why?

Once again, ApX has a number of large bills due immediately, and I can't pay them, let alone pay what ApX owes me. I've been praying for days, we've run a couple of sales, but we still need help.

To many of you, I'm a tall stranger, asking for money. How do you know we're legit? Why do we always seem to be in need? All I can do is point to the fruit. What is the lyrical, spiritual, and musical quality of the parodies we're producing and what kind of impact are they having?

I've written several articles below to address those things. You'll see what we've been working on, what we've got planned, and what fans are telling us. Speaking of which, an Indiana man who works for a faith-based private school (as does his wife) emailed us recently and said this:

"We completely understand the necessity of raising money from donors. I appreciate your method of asking for help. You simply state the facts of your need, and leave the tip jar at the door for anyone who feels led to give cheerfully.

"And you bless the ones who can't or don't give; I'm fairly sure that if I fall upon lean times in years to come and ask for one of your new songs you would simply send it to me."
That guy "gets" us. If you "get" us and would like to help us get through this current time, any of these things will help:

1. Pray
2. Get singles, CDs, DVDs, etc. at http://apologetix.com/store
3. Get our USBs at http://apologetix.com/store/store.php#USB
4. Give online at http://apologetix.com/store/store-donate.php
5. Give by mail: ApologetiX, 208 Charlemma Dr., Pittsburgh PA 15214

Donations aren't tax deductible, and please only give if you feel led and are able.

More Musical Reasons to Be Optimistic
November 1, 2018, 8:06 pm EDT

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

Although we're in a rough patch financially, things have never been better musically and lyrically. Here are some reasons we're so excited:

Rich Mannion started playing keyboards with us in May and just recorded his 15th song with us (including four we haven't released yet). Rich has a wonderful combination of ability, availability, affability, and agreeability — he likes many styles of music and is always up for a challenge.

Rich posted a photo from his home studio on his Facebook page the other day with a caption that read, "Doing something that helps to heal the heart. Working on another ApologetiX parody. I've always wanted to play this song!"

If you were dazzled by Rich's keyboards on our last single, prepare to be even more impressed in coming months. I can't believe some of the sounds he gets, including brass bands ("Dumb Questions"), orchestras ("Everybody Burps"), and even harmonicas ("Soakin' in the Lord's Book").

Todd Waites is very busy these days with speaking engagements — he just got back from four appearances in Texas — but he's still making time to work on two other songs for us that you should be hearing fairly soon. Good things come to those who wait for Waites.

Alumnus guitarist Tom Milnes is preparing to play on five new songs (and sing on a couple) for us in the coming months, as his painting schedule thins out a bit for the winter (that's usually when we can coax him into the studio). In fact, he spent all day Thursday "woodshedding."

My daughter Janna plans to do at least two songs with us during the five weeks she's home for Christmas break. One of those she specifically asked us to spoof and another I've been itching to do for 20 years — about a book of the Bible we've never covered.

We also have a new CD well in the works that we hope to have out by the end of this month, in time for Christmas shopping. I'm so excited about all these projects, I can't choose a favorite — they're all our babies.

My enthusiasm is only dampened by the uncertainty of finances. It reminds me of Isaiah 37:3, when King Hezekiah says, "This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birth and there is no strength to deliver them."

Now, our situation hardly compares to what Hezekiah faced. The mighty pagan nation Assyria had Jerusalem under siege, and if God didn't do something, the city would fall. Of course, God did do something; he sent an angel to wipe out 185,000 Assyrian troops overnight.

But if God was willing to do something that spectacular for His people back then, is it really too much to ask of Him to provide for us now? I don't think so. Please pray that He continues to provide.

Parody Plans for the Next Three Months
October 31, 2018, 2:09 pm EDT

Here's a list of topics for 14 songs we already have in the works that we hope to release in November, December, and January:

- a song from the perspective of Eve

- a song from the perspective of Aaron

- the parable of the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18:21-35)

- the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, Luke 8:4-15)

- hope (the forgotten member of the "faith, hope, and love" power trio)

- self-reliance

- Enoch and Eljiah being taken into heaven without dying

- the Epistle to Titus

- the first angelic visitation to Joseph in Matthew 1

- the second and third angelic visitations to Joseph in Mathew 2

- the connection between Christ's first and second advents

- Joshua's encounter with the Angel of the Lord before the Battle of Jericho

- Proverbs 14:12 "There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death."

- a much-needed, much-requested remake of an old favorite (nuff said)

As you can see, most of the topics in those songs are ones we've never addressed before. The others are ones we've only mentioned in passing or are now dealing with from a new perspective.

We already have a long list of other songs, artists, and biblical topics we'd like to tackle in 2019. Furthermore, we have a list of songs with completed or partially completed parody lyrics that we'd like to finally bring to fruition.

Please pray that God will enable to us to keep carrying on this work. We have inspirational, intellectual, and instrumental resources; we just need the financial resources.

Clues for Our Next Single
November 1, 2018, 8:13 pm EDT

We're planning to release our next single Sunday night, Lord willing. All of the parts are finished, and we're in the mixing process. Here are some clues to help you figure out the artists we're spoofing. If you think you've cracked that case, then see how many references you can detect.

Aaron's first 80 years were nothing fancy, with not many things going on, so he was free as a bird when God called. He wasn't on the hunt for a new job or searching for fame, but he'd soon be the envy of every mother's son in Israel — the first, not the last, of a dying breed of high priests. But therein lay the problem.

He was deep enough in debt to the king that it would take a century to pay it off, maybe 10,000 years. In fact, forever may not be long enough. Yet the king forgave it all. The debtor, however, forgot that sweet release when he met a man who owed him. Consider your debts when you eye a loan someone owes you, OK? If you won't, God will.

Once the new single is released, we'll announce it on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.

We currently have 113 other sets of downloads available for a donation of any size, including our previous release, "She's Not Dead" and "Read Isaiah," featuring parodies of The Zombies and Sugarloaf.

To get any of these projects, go to http://apologetix.com/store/singles.store.php#singles and select the download you want for whatever amount you wish to donate.

Encouragement from TX, MO, SC & CA
November 1, 2018, 5:14 pm EDT

Even though the expenses keep coming, so do the encouraging emails. Here are four recent ones that really touched our hearts:

I was born with cerebral palsy. I try not to let it me get down. ApologetiX is about the only band I listen to these days. Your songs really lift me up when I start feeling like I'm not worth God's time. My grandkids just love "Baa! We're Lambs." My granddaughter Monique (she's six) gets a laughing kick out of that song.

Kim Bowser
San Antonio TX

I've been a fan for 20 years now and have more of your CDs than any other single artist or group. Now I know where to send the grandkids shopping for Christmas presents. You really do have a unique ministry -- unique, yes, but more importantly, it is a ministry. Thanks for the years of enjoyment. Keep up being the great blessing you've been.

Bill Colson
Springfield MO

I don't believe that I ever thanked you for getting me started with regular Bible reading. I finished my fourth time through in January, and am on schedule to finish this time in December. It has really helped me a lot. So thanks for that also. I am about half way through Luke right now after finally getting "Back in the New Testament" this month.

Scott Fauble
Anderson SC

I've been listening to your songs all morning. It's been a blessed day. Thank you.

Dennis Knotts
Moreno Valley CA

Buy Any CD, Get 1 Free (Ends Friday)
October 29, 2018, 12:41 pm EDT

Now through Friday, buy any CD in our online store, http://apologetix.com/store/store.php#compact_discs and get another CD free. Choose from any of the following 27 titles:

I Know You Are but What Am I?
Xit Ego Lopa
From Hair to Eternity
Very Vicarious
You Can't Say Euphrates Without the 80's
Play Nice
Easter Standard Time
Unconditional Releases
Loaded 45's
Handheld Messiah
Hot Potato Soup
Wise Up and Rock
Future Tense
Adam Up
Isn't Wasn't Ain't
Classics: Party
Classics: Heavy
Classics: 60's
Classics: 2000's
Classics: Christmas

Note: Those are the only physical CDs in stock in our online store. For every CD you order, you can select one title from the list above.

After ordering your CD(s), send an email to j@apologetix.com with an email that lists the free CD(s) you want. Do not respond to this email.

The free CD(s) won't appear in your shopping cart but will be mailed with your order. Offer ends this Friday, November 2, at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

New USB Thumb Drives in Stock
November 1, 2018, 8:16 pm EDT

We recently got a new batch of customized USB flash drives in stock.

Each customized USB flash drive includes all 52 ApologetiX CDs plus any parodies (singles or otherwise) or rarities we've released that aren't on CD, and our digital songbook.

They're available for a donation of $150 or more. If you've donated for our complete library before, they're available for a donation of $50 or more. http://apologetix.com/store/store.php#USB.

How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
November 1, 2018, 8:16 pm EDT

If you'd like to donate to the ministry of ApologetiX, you can do so online at http://www.apologetix.com/store/store-donate.php

If you prefer to mail a check or money order, please make it out to "ApologetiX" and send it to:

208 Charlemma Drive
Pittsburgh PA 15214-1414

There are now 113 singles/EPs (233 songs) in our "downloads for a donation" series, including our latest single, "She's Not Dead" and "Read Isaiah" featuring parodies of "She's Not There" by The Zombies and "Green-Eyed Lady" by Sugarloaf.

To get multiple downloads with one donation go to http://apologetix.com/news/news-details.php?news_id=3564\
for a complete listing of songs and how to do it.

Although the donations are not tax-deductible, they will be received very gratefully and used immediately.

Psalm 27:14
Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.

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