DULUTH, Ga. --- Cody Huckley, a 16-year-old Adventist junior at Atlanta Adventist Academy, has begun touring churches around the country with a burning message he's titled All We Need is Drums.
Cody says that he decided to launch his ministry because of his deeply-held belief that drums hold the solution to every major doctrinal and cultural issue challenging the Adventist church today.
Each presentation begins with Cody jumping on stage, grabbing a mic and yelling "Here's how to make church awesome!" before attacking a drum set for 20 minutes with near superhuman rage and an enthusiastically chaotic sound that has led older audience members to bow their heads in prayer, hands firmly clasped around their ears.
"I was tired of being bored in church," said Cody in a front-page interview for Insight Magazine. "So I decided that I could sit around and complain or start touring with my drum set."
Churches around the country have booked Cody for his All We Need is Drums Tour. "While we may have some questions about his reasoning, methods, conclusions, presentations style and haircut, it's nice to see a young man willing to march to the beat of a different drum, or in the case of a lot of our churches, any drum beat at all," said Atlanta Adventist Academy Chaplain, Jermaine Baker.
Cody's supporters are convinced that his provocative presentations are doing more good than harm. Some fans have tried suggesting to Cody that there may be some church problems outside the healing reach of even the loudest drum sets. He has yet to be persuaded.
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