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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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Goodbye Paradise!

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“There is a deep abyss that separates Hades from Paradise, which divides the stage into two distinct places. Paradise is beautiful, filled with golden light, and flower-bordered paths through rolling grassy hills and meadows. Everything is set around a great golden stairway. Across the abyss, Hades is dark, barren, and forbidding, looking as though the entire landscape is plunging into the crevasse.” That is the paragraph that described the set we would have to create for The Gates of Paradise….

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Is Ragtown Live Theater…or Life Theater?

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Last Saturday was one of those days. We discovered a problem with our sound system at the Friday night rehearsal. Saturday morning we were all perplexed, but eventually thought we had it resolved, or at least had figured out a “work-around.” We did a final sound check, and it looked like everything was going to work. It didn’t. Before the play, Glenn told the cast that something amazing must be going to happen, because we had been getting all kinds…

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THE GATES OF PARADISE

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Where Did Jesus Go When He Died? Two things that Jesus said create a mystery that is the foundation of this story. The first was when the two thieves being crucified with Jesus were talking. One insulted Jesus, and the other defended Him. The thief then asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom. Luke tells us that Jesus said to the thief, “Truly, I tell you, today you will be with Me in paradise.” Then three…

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Who Are You?

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A Question To Ask Every Hour of Every Day for the Rest of Your Life I recently sold my dear old ’53 Five-Window Chevy Pick-up. I never had a chance to drive it anymore, and because I am the same year model, I knew that just sitting there was taking a toll on its well-being. But yeah, it was hard to see it go. When I was collecting the keys to give to the new owners, I discovered that I…

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THE CARPENTER’S SON…This Saturday at 3:00!

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A young Jesus sews the seeds of faith among His future apostles, John, James, Peter, and Andrew, along with His younger brother, James. This is a heart-warming, uplifting message that early depicts the person and personality of the young Savior. Plus a great concert featuring songs from the Ragtown Gospel Band’s latest CD, He Gave His Word.

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Standing On The Brow Of The Hill

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Was It a Vision, or Merely Imagination? Standing on the brow of the hill outside Nazareth, looking out over the Jezreel Valley at the distant form of Mount Tabor, the Mount of Transfiguration, I saw something. I don’t want to overstate it, because it might have been mere imagination kindled by the intense sensory and emotional overload that happens to everyone who visits the Holy Land. But standing there amid rocks and scrub brush that had been there for two…

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Would Jesus Have Been On The Sofa Watching the Superbowl?

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(Click below to listen to the audio version) I took a total day off Sunday. Well, I was up and outside at 5 am stoking the coals and mopping my Superbowl Brisket that had been cooking all night. Pretty sure I still smelled a little like mesquite smoke at church later, but it was worth it, because I killed it on the brisket, using Tom Perini’s recipe. If you’ve never been to Perini Ranch near Buffalo Gap…go. It’s one of…

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