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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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GETHSEMANE Opens February 21st

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This will be one of the most powerful and meaningful dramas we have ever produced on the stage at Ragtown.  We’ll be sharing some of the stories behind the scenes as we bring this one to the stage. GETHSEMANE will run for only 8 weeks, from February 21st through April 12th. Start making your plans now. It is the final temptation that Christ will face before He endures the cross, and the future of all mankind hangs in the balance….

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“Say Nicklaus” HELD OVER!

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We’re holding over our beautiful Christmas musical, with a Sunday 3 pm matinee on the 15th, and shows Friday the 20th at 7:30 and Saturday the 21st at 3:00.  Having four performances cancelled by icy weather, we felt like we needed to give our audiences another chance to see this wonderful Christmas story. It is a perfect way to start your Christmas celebration with the whole family. Our cast, which includes nine adorable children, all agreed that they wanted everyone…

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