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By Eric Tiansay & Christine D. Johnson
Appealing to youth skate culture, ‘Foolishness’ reveals the transforming power of the gospel.
Skate legends reach new heights as ‘fools for Christ’
Brian ‘Head’ Welch says ‘Foolishness’ DVD is ‘about real faith presented in a very cool way’ As teenagers, skateboarding legends Brian Sumner and Christian Hosoi helped shape a culture, reaching amazing heights and breaking numerous records in the sport. Sumner and Hosoi said they were also “fools” until they traded in their destructive habits to become “fools for Christ.” Armed with biblical teachings,
stirring testimony and authentic, streetlevel insight, the two have joined forces in Foolishness, which “takes viewers on a skateboarding thrill ride, offering a vibrant new way to connect with God’s Word as some of the world’s best skaters display their skills and declare eternal truths from the Bible.” The title of the DVD comes from 1
Cor. 1:18: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (NIV). Produced by SkateBible and distributed by EchoLight Studios, Foolishness (8-46041-092792, $9.98), which will be released March 5, aims to “help young people be as fearless in their faith as they are at the skate park.” “Foolishness is the fullest 60-minute gospel word I’ve heard,” said best-selling author and pastor John Piper. Brian “Head” Welch, former guitarist and co-founder of the rock band Korn, agreed. “Foolishness is a movie about real faith presented in a very cool way,” said Welch, author of Save Me From Myself. Alistair Begg, author and pastor, said he was “stirred by the stories of the transforming power of Christ.” “It deserves to be widely distributed and viewed,” he said. Besides Sumner and Hosoi, skaters featured include Jay Haizlip, Shawn Mendoli, Steve Caballero, Anthony Carney and Richard Muldar. “Foolishness is a daily devotional,” Sumner said. “It’s a witness tool. It’s an exciting, artfully made skate video featuring some of the biggest names in professional skateboarding—men now living as dedicated servants of the Lord.” For more information and to watch a video trailer, visit www.echolight.com/ foolishness.
M eet th e Artist Audio Adrenaline
Audio Adrenaline—known as Audio A—is back, but in a new form. Kevin Max is now leading from the front where Mark Stuart was before he suffered a vocal setback. Fair Trade Services releases the album Kings & Queens (7-36211-60489-7, $11.99, Provident Distribution) on March 12. Felicia Abraham visited with band members to talk about the new project.
Your last concert was about five years ago, so what brought the band together again? Will McGinniss: Mark, my partner in crime, and I, we’ve been in a band for a long time. … He had some trouble with his voice, and so as a band, we made the decision together to come off the road. That was 2007. We wanted
to just give him time to see if his voice could come back or what God was going to do with him, and then we also just thought maybe God was just taking us each individually to some different things. And so we kind of stepped out of the Audio Adrenaline touring world and just plugged into our local church again. We were digging into our families. We’d been on the road for 15, 17 years straight and just were seeking God’s will for our lives. Mark and I specifically plugged into an orphan work in Haiti called Hands and Feet Project. … Just recently some friends of ours in Nashville who we’ve known for years—they’ve managed the Newsboys and other bands and artists in Nashville—they’re just really impressed with the way Audio Adrenaline kind of carried themselves and our work and our ministry and the brand of Audio A, and they came to us with the idea of getting Audio back out there.
How does your new album tie in with the Hands and Feet Project?
for the kids of Haiti at our orphanages. We don’t really like orphanage, that term is kind of a negative term. We call our place down there a village. … We have two locations down there. There’s 100 kids we’re caring for. … It’s really why we got back on the road, why I would go to my family and say, “Hey, I really think I need to be back out there using this platform for something larger than just music or playing my bass or whatever.“ It was these kids. … Thematically the new one is about the least of these and all of the things that we stood for back before we came off the road. We were about the underdog, the person who didn’t think that they could do great things. Max: There’s a redemption story here with us and with me, and putting this thing together. God has obviously orchestrated it. … On the record, there’s a lot of different themes. … There’s themes of redemption about listening and being patient and letting God work through you. It’s definitely kind of an underdog record, but it’s hopefully going to be a contender. Stuart: Net proceeds from the record are going to build more orphanages.
McGinniss: The new single is called “Kings & Queens,” and really it was written
For more information about the work, see www.handsandfeetproject.org.
Changing thousands: Ordinary People, a follow-up to Faith Like Potatoes, the story of Angus Buchan, an African farmer who became an author and evangelist. To be released March 19 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and distributed by Provident Distribution, the film tells the story of three troubled men in desperate need of faith who find themselves on a transformational journey to a gathering of a Mighty Men Conference led by Buchan. Rated PG-13 for some violent content, the 115-minute drama retails for $22.99. Solely for God: In the second film of her “True Beauty: Finding Your Identity in Jesus” series, Lisa Chan—wife of best-selling author and pastor Francis Chan—explores a way of life that is full of contentedness and joy. In Deny Yourself, Chan inspires Christians to let go of the lies that keep them trapped in bondage to earthly accomplishments. The 20-minute DVD, which retails for $14.99 and can be used for small groups or individual study, releases this month from David C Cook and Flannel. Secrets revealed: In Secrets in the Snow, six familiar strangers are the only students remaining at school as the conditions outside worsen and doors to the school are locked. An impromptu talent show and feast ensue, when a knock from outside brings a whole new element to the evening. Wills are tested, friendships are created, and secrets are revealed as the students realize they must rely on each other to make it through the stormy night. Released last month, the 88-minute, Dove Foundation-approved film retails for $19.95 and is distributed by Bridgestone Multimedia Group. Down-home gospel: Produced by Jay DeMarcus (member of Rascal Flatts), Wayne Haun and Ed Cash, Love Is Stronger showcases the rich voice of GRAMMY- and Dove Award-winning artist Jason Crabb. This sophomore studio solo recording delivers messages of comfort through the love of Christ that conquers all. Gaither Music Group (EMI CMG Distribution) releases March 12. New label: New Artist of the Year nominee at the 2012 GMA Dove Awards, Beyond the Ashes offers its new album Stow Town Records (Provident Distribution). Releasing March 5, Living in the Moment features new lead singer Dustin Doyle and is produced by Wayne Haun. The release will be supported by coast-to-coast touring.