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Washington Watch Special Report – Amazing Grace: Drama In The Black Church

The Bible is filled with the drama of sin and redemption – the drama of being cast out and rising up. But our churches also face the same drama that we see in everyday life.

In this special edition of TV One’s “Washington Watch,” we will tell the story of three pastors who’ve gone through lots of drama, who have faced personal crisis, who have faced the wrath of congregations; but more importantly, they have lived through it. They’ve fought through it, and today they continue to stay strong, stay faithful and stay focused.

There’s Pastor Joel R. Peebles, Sr., whose parents built a mega church of over 19,000 members, but who was cast out by the church board after the death of his father and mother. A court will decide whether he or the board should control the church and its properties valued at over $100 million. For now, Pastor Peebles preaches in a high school auditorium, working hard to build up a new congregation and to fulfill the legacy of his parents.

There’s Pastor Ralph Douglas West, who at the age of 27 was cast out of his job as a pastor at a small church in Houston, Texas, just as his wife went into labor. Worse, the church had cancelled his health insurance. But Pastor West came through that trial, started a new church with just 32 members in his living room and now is founder and senior pastor of The Church Without Walls in Houston, with nearly 20,000 members.

Later in the hour, we’ll meet these pastors and see how they rose up after being cast out. And we’ll talk to Bishop T.D. Jakes, of The Potter’s House in Dallas, about how movies and TV handle the all too human dramas that sometimes happen in our churches.

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