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At Winter Jam, Skillet's everlasting rock

At Winter Jam, Skillet's everlasting rock

After more than two decades leading the high-powered Christian rock quartet Skillet, a period that has included two Grammy nominations and two platinum-selling albums, John Cooper finds the band’s tours still have the feel of a diplomatic mission.

Elders in local Christian communities are wary of a group that has performed on bills with Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica; rock and metal fans, unaccustomed to receiving their music with a dose of Jesus, also need convincing.

“Sometimes, we’re not Christian enough for some Christians and sometimes it might be too Christian for people who aren’t. So you’ve just got to be yourself and be authentic,” Cooper says. “I think that authenticity...