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Texas Proud, Texas Strong

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In the merciful, but far too brief lull between of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, I got a call from Jay Hoes. Jay is a long-time teacher at South Plains College, and a true Renaissance Man…of the Texas variety. He had written a song called Texas Proud, Texas Strong, and asked me if I would be interested in recording it. All the proceeds are to go toward Hurricane Harvey relief. Jay had gathered a group of musicians, and a…

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Get Out’a That Boat…Again

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Starting a little after 5:30 this morning I was at the piano playing mostly Christmas songs for almost two hours. Well, let me clarify. I was at the keyboard in my studio with my headphones on. Robin and I are going on 43 years together, and even as immeasurably supportive as she is of my music, headphones have probably had a lot to do with keeping us together. I love to play when I first wake up. So yeah, we…

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Funny Thing…Communication

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I was up about 5:30 this morning, out on the deck having a cup of coffee, and pondering some valuable input I received this past week. It was advice about this blog. Just a side note… I sure wish that whoever came up with blog as a name for this sort of thing, had given it a little more thought. Blog…it’s just an ugly word. Like blah…as is blah blah blah. Or just plain blah, for that matter. On second…

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Elizabeth & Mary…Joyful Expectations

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We opened our 35th production at Ragtown last weekend, and it was such a joy to hear all the comments as that first audience, all smiles, made their way to the door.  The Lord gave us a special one here.  The story of Elizabeth, Zacharias, and Mary, as related in the first chapter of Luke, was just a great opportunity to do what we always attempt to do in our productions—present biblical figures as real people, allowing us to get…

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Keep Your Fingers Crossed!

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Goodness, what a time! The Booth Brothers were just so great last Friday evening. We counted up, and it had been six years since they had been to Ragtown. This was the first time I had seen them perform with Paul Lancaster, who replaced Jim Brady, who left to begin his own trio after twelve years with the Booths. We met Paul when he came to Ragtown with the Palmetto State Quartet, and when the announcement came out that he…

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Look Who’s Coming To Ragtown!

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Only one more weekend to see Barnabas…definitely one of the best productions we’ve ever staged. Plus for those who work on Saturdays, we’ve added a special Sunday matinee at 3pm for final weekend. I hope you’ll do your best to make it to one of these last two performances of Barnabas, either Saturday or Sunday at 3:00.  And while you’re at the theater, it will be a great time to purchase your tickets for the absolutely incredible… Booth Brothers!  

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Ten Years….

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Isn’t it amazing how fast time flies?  We’re about to celebrate 10 years of Ragtown Gospel Theater productions.  Ten years since the curtain first opened with Peter the Rock.  I thought it might be fun to take a little visual trip down memory lane with some of my favorite sets from our 34 Ragtown productions. The set for Judas, The Lost Apostle, one of my favorites of all the sets and plays. Glenn was amazing as Judas. I’m trying to…

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Introducing THE RAGTOWN GOSPEL PODCAST

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We’re launching a brand new feature that we hope you’ll enjoy. The Ragtown Gospel Podcast will come out on Wednesdays, and will soon be available on iTunes, so you can conveniently listen at your leisure. On the podcast, I’ll be discussing a wide variety of topics, plus sharing the journey of works in progress including new songs, plays, and upcoming books.  I’m hoping to interview some of my favorite gospel artists and writers as well. The theme of the podcast…

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BARNABAS

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No one else would trust him. They feared him, and rightfully so.  Everyone except Barnabas. Barnabas traveled to Tarsus to find Saul. He reached out and embraced this man who had so relentlessly pursued and persecuted the followers of Jesus. This was the man responsible for the death of gentle Stephen, a deacon who had served among the first believers. Barnabas was among those believers. He had witnessed Saul’s merciless violence. Nevertheless, he sought him out, and offered him his…

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Joseph the Carpenter, A Christmas Musical

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This has been the year of the carpenter at Ragtown, it seems. At the risk of some confusion, we staged “The Carpenter’s Son” earlier this year, and I released a new song entitled “Hands of a Carpenter,” and now we have just begun our new Christmas production of the musical, “Joseph the Carpenter.”  Lots of carpentry. This is a story I shared with our audience last weekend. I’m taking it as evidence that the Lord is still right in the…

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