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One Punk Under God Premieres On Sundance Channel

December 13, 2006 12:02 AM by Joe Reality

“One Punk Under God,” an original six-part documentary series on the alternative Christian minister Jay Bakker, will premiere on Sundance Channel on Wednesday, December 13 at 9:00 pm e/p.   Produced by World of Wonder, the series takes a behind-the-scenes look at the life of Bakker as he faces the professional, emotional and financial struggles of running his Revolution church in Atlanta, Georgia.  The series will air on Wednesdays at 9:00pm e/p from December 13 to January 17.

Jay Bakker, the only son of former Praise The Lord leaders, Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Messner, a tattooed and pierced preacher, is not necessarily the image of an American evangelist.  His resolutely maverick stance and open tolerance for alternative lifestyle choices irritate traditional religious leaders and make keeping his Church afloat challenging.   But by fusing together punk and Christian values to create a non-denominational and inclusive parish, he is working to show the world just how hip and welcoming today’s churches can be.

World of Wonder principals Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey said "since we first met Jay eight years ago while filming The Eyes of Tammy Faye we have wanted to make a film about him.  Thanks to the Sundance Channel’s bold vision and commitment to documentary filmmaking, and thanks also to the talents of Jeremy Simmons and Thairin Smothers we now have that opportunity."

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  1. Jon Says:
    December 19th, 2006 at 9:25 pm

    I caught the first episode One Punk Under God last week on The Sundance Channel, and while I myself am an atheist, I think that Jay Bakker seems to have the right idea with religion–it needs to become more accepting of modern beliefs and lifestyles. I give Jay a lot of credit for founding Revolution Church, and I hope that future episodes will show Jay confronting his estranged father Jim with his modern beliefs. I had no idea icon Tammy Faye was dying of cancer before watching the show either. For anyone who missed the first episode last week, Yahoo is streaming it for free. You can find it here: http://tv.yahoo.com/one-punk-under-god/show/38989;_ylt=AnnpAYUhg4us9fThl_qkufiAo9EF
    Looking forward to the second episode tonight. I think it’s got me hooked…

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