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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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Ragtown Is More Than A Theater. It’s An Oasis

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Oasis…that is a great description of Ragtown. That’s really what it feels like, isn’t it? An Oasis for people who have been crossing all kinds of deserts…physical, mental, emotional, spiritual…then here is this place where you lay your burden down, and for a couple of hours drink in refreshing living water. Our wonderful production of “Gethsemane” ends this weekend, and while this particular play has been far more somber than recent shows like “Saint John & The Televangelist” and “Say…

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Healing

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Gabriel Ramirez recently left the Ragtown acting troupe to pursue his career in Wisconsin, having earned a doctorate in engineering. He is a brilliant young man, obviously, and blessed us with his heart and talent for acting over the course of several years. Not only that, but he faithfully made time in his demanding schedule to serve as the sound engineer for our concerts. The walls of one of the stairwells in the back of the theater is covered in…

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GETHSEMANE OPENS THIS FRIDAY

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Last March, standing in the Garden of Gethsemane, looking across at the eastern wall of Jerusalem, I knew that over the next months I would be writing a play about the night Jesus prayed in that sacred place. I didn’t experience the peace there that I had expected. I think maybe I pretended that I did, because everyone else seemed to. What I had instead, was a great sense of both oppression and urgency. I remember feeling unsettled, and trying…

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My Review of Glenn Polk’s New Movie, THE ARROYO

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Last night I got to see my brother and partner, Glenn Polk, on the big screen in Declaration Entertainment’s inaugural film release, THE ARROYO. It was an exciting event, and I am extremely proud of his performance, and delighted that he is getting to experience something that he has always wanted to do. Appearing along with Glenn were several others from our Ragtown family. Playing the town doctor was Jay Young, who sings with me in the Ragtown Gospel Band…

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