Ok. Bring on another song!
If the last needed a few words, this one could use…well, a few paragraphs. 😏
First things first:
I discovered Apologetix in what feels like another lifetime.
I was riding home on the long country road that connected my first husband’s college to our little apartment.
We had the radio tuned in to WayFM. They played the more “rock and roll” side to Christian Contemporary, something very appealing to my ears in those days (And still can be depending on my mood. 😉).
All of a sudden, there was what sounded like Simon and Garfunkel.
Now, I love me some folk music, but “The Sounds of Silence”, beautiful song that it is, was not the standard fare of this station.
I puzzled for a moment at this turn of events, then, began to listen a little closer:
And I realized-they were singing about the ministry of Paul and Silas!
Not the sounds of silence.
For it was done with all the same purity and solemness of tone, with all the same pretty guitar work backing them up.
But, but the lyrics were all turned to sharing a Biblical story!
Cool! Like Weird Al with a Christian message! 😁
Who were these people?!
I simply had to know. I listened eagerly to the end and heard the DJ refer to “Apologetix” with an “X”.
I did my research thing, which, in those days, still involved a brick and mortar store.
I found a couple of CDS and snapped them up, quickly discovering these guys were not one song ponies.
Anything from classic rock to Eminem they could do quite handily.
The lead singer, J. Jackson, seemed to have an elastic voice that could stretch itself to any genre you could think of.
The band members could recreate whatever intricate guitar, keyboard work, and what have you.
But, best and most important, was the mission to share Christ, to pull out the incredible stories found in the Word of God through these highly unusual means.
Over the years, they have continued to produce one awesome album after the next, full of Biblical truth, humor, and tunes that opened all sorts of chances to witness.
And all with such humbleness and honor to the Christ that redeemed them.
I was ever in awe and wishing I could meet these guys, but never getting around to writing them or anything like that.
I was just a little shy about it, as is my way. 😏
And, then, over time, I discovered J. has an autistic child close to my oldest boy’s age.
And, so, being such a fan and finding that really interesting connection, I finally got the gumption and wrote an email.
That became the first of many as we swapped parenting stories and encouragement in the faith, the hardships of trusting God for provision when things get tight and the way He keeps taking care of us all the while.
And, then, about three years ago, he invited us for the opportunity of a lifetime-a chance to be guests at Apologetix’ s 25th Anniversary concert.
My kids, especially my oldest boy, are even bigger fans than me-if that is possible! 😉
Needless to say, we were thrilled to accept and over the moon to finally meet J., the band, and their families and shake hands, express our gratitude for all their music ministry has meant to us.
And they are still busy at it-coming up with songs, ministering to folks all over the world. I will leave the website link at the bottom of the page for any interested.
What they do may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I understand, but it sure has opened doors to drawing others to Christ! 🙂
So…onto the song…finally.
If I couldn’t decide last week about what Rich Mullins song to share, Apologetix is even more the challenge to pinpoint one definitive tune.
So many amazing ones and they are producing more all the time! I can’t explain how they do it except to say “but God”…
However, this one, Cheap Birds, based on “Freebird” by Lynard Skynard, has meant so very much to me as one struggling for a sense of worth, as the message pertains to how much we mean to the Lord.
I chose a video that posts the lyrics so you can see just how profound they are.
I suggest watching as well as listening since it sounds so spot on with the original you might miss the message listening only. I hope it blesses you as it does me.
Thanks for reading and sharing ! Much love and many prayers, dear friends!❤
And the Apologetix website for your perusal: