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The Gaither Vocal Band Made Me Want To Stand Up And Shout!

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A few weeks back the Ragtown Gospel Band appeared at a Gaither Vocal Band Concert in Lubbock. Okay…we “appeared” on row nine, row two, and row sixteen in the audience. It was wonderful, and inspirational to all of us, as the Gaithers always are. It is great to just soak up the goodness of that amazing group.

I just wanted to stand up and shout!

No…not like that. I wanted to stand up and shout to all those hundreds of unfamiliar faces…people who had never been to a Ragtown production, “Hey y’all! If you love this, you would so love Ragtown Gospel Theater! Just come one time and you’ll leave wanting to tell everyone you know about it!”

Now, I get that no one is in the same league as the Gaither Vocal Band, but people are always telling us that they already have their money’s worth by the intermission. Which we joyfully take to mean the Ragtown Gospel Band ain’t chopped liver. But then, on top of that, we have a great company of actors who present an extraordinarily original Scripture-based drama production that we’ve been told time and again would rival anything you’ll see in Branson. Except for the price of the ticket. Ours have been $20 for eight years now.

If you build it they will come.

When we first envisioned Ragtown Gospel Theater, the question of how we would advertise and promote the shows seemed almost beside the point. We were so certain that once the word got out, people would flock to this gorgeous place. After all, where else is anyone going to find such great quality, uplifting entertainment presented specifically for a Christian audience? Church groups would come, and tell others, and so on. Our challenge would just be to make every concert and play greater than the last one.

It hasn’t quite worked out that way.

People have come. Wonderful people. Thousands of them. Some see every production multiple times. It has become their personal ministry to bring people to see the love of Jesus conveyed in such a special and unique way. So anytime I pray, I have a hard time asking for more, because we literally have been blessed by the busload. People routinely travel hundreds of miles just to see our shows, and I don’t think they leave disappointed.

But here’s the thing…

These concerts and plays don’t just entertain. They touch and console, and encourage, and make people think. They minister to the hearts of the people who attend. Everyone needs that. Everyone.

It isn’t that we are trying to change anyone’s theology, or supplant a pastor or teacher. We are merely doing what the Lord has called us to do, and we don’t want anyone to miss it. We simply want everyone who might receive a blessing to come and savor being in the presence of a building full of other children of God, knowing that the Lord is with us there, because we are gathered in His name. And to be fed by the message in the music and the play.

Jesus asked, “Simon Peter, do you love me?”
Peter answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.”

Two years ago, standing with our wives on the shore of the Galilee in the very place where Jesus uttered those words, my brother and I each experienced a private moment of renewal to our commitment to feed the children of God who travel to Ragtown. It is a nourishing meal of love and acceptance in Jesus that is served up with hope that all who come in will find sanctuary, and leave filled, and encouraged.

It makes me want to stand up and shout!

"The show was so wonderful last Saturday that I’m bringing 12 plus myself from our church this Saturday. Only two of these ladies have been before to Ragtown. I always tell them once they have attended they will not want to miss a show after that. Thank you and all of the cast for sharing the wonderful talents God has given you with all of us."

− Edie D., Abilene, TX

"Wow! I enjoyed the whole experience of the play, music, beautiful theater and I hope you are there for many, many years. Everyone from our church was so thrilled, our bus sang all the way back to Lubbock. Thank you again for a wonderful night, and I plan to tell others and definitely come again."

− Anna H., Lubbock, TX

"What a wonderful time we had last night at Ragtown Gospel Theater! God is so good! He has blessed your family with wonderful talent! To be able to entertain as well as spreading God’s word, and love what you are doing to boot, must be wonderful! Praise to our Lord and Savior! We will be back!"

− Joyce S., Idalou, TX

"I loved Joseph the Carpenter, the story was wonderful I loved the humor. A brilliant performance by the actors and lots of credit goes to the writer. Thank you Chip for using your singing and writing talent for the Lord. May God continue to bless Ragtown Theater and the Polk Families. "

− Quepha B., Lubbock, TX

Recent Photos From Ragtown…

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Satan mocks Jesus at the climax of “Gethsemane”.

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Kyle Bullock, playing Jesus in Ragtown’s production of “Gethsemane”, prays in the garden before being tempted by Satan.

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Chip performing with the Ragtown Gospel Band

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Jesus, played by Kyle Bullock, consults with His disciples before entering the garden of Gethsemane.

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Glenn performs as Satan in the recent production of “Gethsemane” at Ragtown Gospel Theater

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The children in “Say Nicklaus” look on sadly as Mina and Nicklaus are forced to leave the orphanage.

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Nicklaus, played by Glenn Polk, dances with his children in “Say Nicklaus”, Ragtown’s new Christmas favorite.

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