As a band, we strive to bring as many people to Christ through our music and our ministry [as possible]. We feel like God has given us this gift of music and songwriting, and we just hope we can use it to glorify Him and help bring some lost sheep home.

Ben:  What three CDs can continually be found in the CD player of the van?

Scott:  We actually don't have a CD player-just a tape player! It's janky, I know! The music all depends on the driver though. If I'm driving, you'll probably hear Motion City Soundtrack. If it's Todd's shift, we just may listen to his four-hour-long '90s mix. Justin would be playing Jimmy Eat World, and Josiah's on a Shiny Toy Guns kick! You'd never guess we all play in the same band!

Ben:  What is the coolest thing you've been able to do/see as a band while touring?

Scott:  The coolest thing we've done as a band is fly! For real! We made some friends in Raeford, N.C., during a show in the area, and their parents own Paraclete XP SkyVenture which is the world's largest indoor skydiving facility! They suited us all up and spent the next hour teaching us to fly. It was amazing!

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**This interview first published on July 30, 2009.