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

After 12 years of training, ApologetiX alumnus drummer Bob Flaherty (1995-98) has received his pastor’s license from the Christian & Missionary Alliance denomination. I sent Bob a message to congratulate him and he told me:

“I’m honored that the CMA has considered me worthy of the title of pastor, I am blessed that God has called me, but I am humbled to think that both God and the denomination trust me in this office.”

Bob is currently serving as pastor at Saltsburg Faith Alliance Church in Saltsburg PA. His worship leader there is another ApologetiX alumnus drummer, Bill “Moose” Rieger (2001-05). Bob and Bill first became friends while Bob ran sound for us in 2002-03. Knowing how Bob and Bill like to pick on each other, I am sure they will have no trouble keeping each other humble. 🙂

Speaking of licenses, congratulations are also in order to two members of the current ApologetiX team, lead guitarist Tom Tincha and sound engineer Greg Spack, who each just passed their CDL driver tests. Both of the guys studied hard while the band was off for Christmas break, and now they’re officially bus drivers. Way to go, guys!

One last thing: I’m worried about that girl character in the “Twilight” films. I think her poor choices in boyfriends could come back to bite her.

Free CD Deal Ends Friday
January 19, 2011, 7:10 pm EST

Order any of our CDs by this Friday, January 21, and get a free Adam Up CD, while supplies last.

Released in 2003, Adam Up is one of our most popular CDs, and it will soon be out of stock and out of print.

Adam Up features 22 songs in a variety styles — classic rock, modern rock, and even a little country and rap.

The artists spoofed on Adam Up include Eminem, Three Dog Night, B-52’s, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ozzy Osbourne, Toby Keith, System of a Down, Everly Brothers, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Grand Funk, “Grease,” Red Hot Chili Peppers and 10 more.

This offer ends this Friday, January 21, at 11:59 p.m. PST. Limit one Adam Up CD per order. Your shopping card and receipt will not show the Adam Up CD, but it will be shipped to you with your order.


Next Wkd: Massachusetts
January 18, 2011, 1:01 pm EST

On January 28-29, ApologetiX kicks off its 2011 tour with two shows in Massachusetts.

Friday, January 28, we’ll be in Pittsfield MA. Nearby cities include: Albany NY (40), Springfield (55), Saratoga Springs NY (70), Hartford CT and Poughkeepsie NY (80), Worcester and Oxford (100).

Saturday, January 29, we’ll be in Oxford MA. Nearby cities include: Worcester (10), Woonsocket RI (25), Providence RI (35) , Boston, Springfield and Hartford CT (55), and Pittsfield (100).

For more details on these and any of our other upcoming concerts, click on the links in the left column of this week’s newsletter or go to http://www.apologetix.com/concerts and click on the concert you want.

2 Weeks Out: PA & WV
January 19, 2011, 10:48 am EST

On February 4-5, ApologetiX will be in Pennsylvania (near DuBois) and West Virginia (near Cumberland MD).

Friday, February 4, we’ll be in Ridgway PA. Nearby cities include: Johnsonburg and Saint Marys (10), Brockway (20), Kane (25), DuBois and Emporium (30), Brookville and Clearfield (35), Warren (40), Bradford and Punxsutawney (45), Clarion (55), and Kittanning and State College (75).

Saturday, February 5, we’ll be in Keyser WV. Nearby cities include: Cumberland MD and Frostburg MD (20), Bedford PA (50), Somerset PA (55), Breezewood PA (70), Grafton and Uniontown PA (75), Philippi, Morgantown, Hagerstown MD, and Front Royal VA (85).

For more details on these and any of our other upcoming concerts, click on the links in the left column of this week’s newsletter or go to http://www.apologetix.com/concerts and click on the concert you want.

New Shows in NC & IL
January 19, 2011, 11:43 am EST

We just added two new concerts to our 2011 touring schedule in North Carolina and Illinois, bringing our 2011 total up to 15 concerts in 12 states thus far:

3/18 – Bessemer City NC
8/27 – Mahomet IL

Here are some other recent additions you may have missed:

2/04 – Ridgway PA
3/04 – Lemoore CA
3/19 – Walterboro SC
4/29 – Salt Lake City UT
6/18 – Conway AR
9/16 – Newberg OR

We have many other concerts in the works, but there’s always room for more. Check out the left column of this week’s newsletter for a complete list of when and where we’re already booked.

If you’d like to discuss coordinating a potential ApologetiX concert in your area, it’s a lot easier than you think. Just email booking@apologetix.com and put the word “concert” somewhere in the subject line, and tell us where you’re located.

Prayer Update on Emily
January 19, 2011, 11:06 am EST

A few months ago, we asked you to pray for Emily, an 18-year old friend of ours who was very seriously injured in a terrible motorcycle accident in November. Here’s an update from Emily in her own words from this week:

I’m feeling a lot better now. I’m still a little weak because I lost about 20 pounds in the hospital from not being able to eat for four weeks. My jaws were wired shut for the first four weeks because of all the fractures in my face, but I was very lucky because my bottom teeth fell out at the accident but the oral surgeon was able to put them back in and they kept.

I still have a lot of nerve damage in multiple areas, but we are hoping all the feeling will come back. I have 13 plates in my face, two in my arm, and one plate and two screws in my pelvis. They said it’s not necessary to remove any of the hardware so I should be done with the surgeries. In all I had four while at the hospital to repair the broken bones and then to remove a 1.5 liter hematoma.

Please join us as we thank God for all He’s done for Emily thus far, and as we ask Him to continue healing her.

2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


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