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Ragtown Gospel Theater…It’s Been A Bumpy Road

By | Chip's Blog

As amazing as it is to us, every week we hear from people who have just now heard about Ragtown Gospel Theater. They had no idea we even existed. I don’t mean people from a hundred miles away. I mean people from Lubbock. From Snyder and Ralls, Brownfield. People from just up the road. Recently we heard from some folks who for years had lived within a thirty or forty minute drive of Post. They just retired and moved across…

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INDEPENDENCE

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These are the words of a song that I wrote in 2009. I started to write an Independence Day blog this morning, but decided that these words express everything I might have to say about the current state of things in America. Independence blessed America With our cherished Liberty Purchased with the blood of men Who gave it so courageously For the sake of lives they could only dream Generations yet to live Free of bondage, free of fear To…

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Sinai, The Mountain of God Opens Friday

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Our new summer production, “Sinai, The Mountain of God” opens this Friday. I am getting to see this one from a very unique perspective. Normally, when Glenn has assembled his cast and begins rehearsals, I am in the vicinity. I hear and see bits and pieces as it develops, throwing in a word or two of input from the writer’s perspective. No so this time. I am going to get my first opportunity to see it, just like you, this…

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Have I Told You About When I Met Gloria Gaither?

By | Chip's Blog

Attending Gloria and Bill Gaither’s songwriting workshop was an amazing experience. For those two icons of gospel music to be willing to offer their experience to others who share a similar calling is astouding in itself. Putting together a group of other Grammy and Dove award winning songwriters, who were equally enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge, made every minute of the four day event a blessing beyond anything I might have expected. I have to tell you this story though….

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BACK STAGE PASS On Writing: “Sinai…The Mountain of God”

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Writing a play is really no different than anything else. You make a choice to do your work according to the flesh, or do your work according to the Spirit. I know that in most translations “live according to” is what is PAul says in the 8th chapter of Romans, but you can substitute any of the specific facets of your life in that passage of Scripture and have your eyes opened. Deal with your in-laws is one. Bring up…

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Saying Goodbye to Joey Hallelujah and the Apostle John

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Saying goodbye to Joey and John is going to be hard. Looking back, I remember very specifically feeling the same way about Peter, Mary, Stephen, Joseph, John the Baptist, and many others…even Judas. And of course, Jesus. Each one has left an unforgettable impression, but these two leave behind more than their fair share of memories. Our final performance of “Joey Hallelujah! God Loves America!” will be this Saturday, May 2nd at 3:00,and if you haven’t been able to come,…

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JOEY HALLELUJAH! GOD LOVES AMERICA! LAST SHOW MAY 2!

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Only two more weekends! I can’t believe it is already almost over. I have been told time after time, as people are leaving the theater, that JOEY HALLELUJAH! GOD LOVES AMERICA! is the best one yet. I love it when people think that. The response we’ve had to this play by the people who attended has been very gratifying…because they leave talking about the message. Comedies are fun for everyone. It is a nice change for Glenn and the company…

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I Finally Get It!

By | Chip's Blog

A few days ago I ran across some pictures from our trip to Israel a couple of years ago, and suddenly I got something that I have been missing. Something about Ragtown. I think it just might change everything. I don’t know what percentage of people who come to Ragtown go back to their churches and try to get others to come experience it for themselves, but I know it is a big number. Our “word of mouth” advertising is…

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Is Uncle Sam A Victim Of Identity Theft?

By | Chip's Blog

It didn’t occur to me that the presidential election campaigns would be stirring to life before this production was over…but here we are. The message in “Joey Hallelujah! God Loves America!” suddenly seems all the more timely. It isn’t a political message, but it is a play that makes the daring suggestion that America needs to recover her will, and restore her lost identity. It is patriotic, so yeah, there are those who would say it is, therefore, politically incorrect….

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Revelations From The Gutter

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Recently we took a weekend off and went to very special place in New Mexico that has been part of our family for over thirty years. It is a rustic mountainside cabin that my father-in-law, Don Salter, designed and built. He did virtually all the work on it himself, and he put so much of his heart into it, that being there feels almost like seeing him again. Since his passing last summer, we have only been up a couple…

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