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a few "pioneering" bands such as the 77s and White Cross. Alas, said the 31-year-old Max, "they weren’t selling a lot of records."

At that time, he says, "Stryper was probably the only (CCM) group that ever sold any amount of rock ’n’ roll records …"

"I’m not saying that it was because of us, but I think after ‘Jesus Freak’ a whole floodgate full of modern rock groups just all of sudden appeared and started selling records," he said. More than anything else, he said, "I think it’s a timing thing. I think the church started realizing that there was a place for rock ’n’ and Christianity to go hand in hand. I think people started opening up to the possibilities ..."

Still, Max says, dc Talk is not a true rock band. "We’re a hybrid. We’re not a rock ’n’ roll band; I wouldn’t consider us anything but pop." But there are "a ton of modern rock groups in Christian music that are kind of pushing the envelope a little bit – and I like that."

And pushing the envelope may be just what CCM needs.

Musician Charlie Peacock, whose CCM discography dates to 1984, has penned "At the Crossroads," a book in which he says the industry and its musicians are suffering from an identity crisis. In an interview with syndicated columnist Terry Mattingly, Peacock says artists sometimes sign contracts to produce "a kind of Christianized pop-rock music – a music which changes with the pop music of the surrounding culture," a music which fails to consider the reality of life and, in effect, preaches only to choir.

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