Pastor Ken Hutcherson’s story is nothing short of inspirational. He’s dying. He knows it. And he isn’t letting it stop him.
As Hutcherson approaches a life beyond this world, he’s sharing with TheBlaze the one simple message he wishes he could leave behind.
The preacher’s intense faith, his personal transformation on race and an ongoing battle with cancer provide a compelling testimony — one that he will share through “Hutch,” a new limited run series that will premiere tonight on TheBlaze TV at 8 p.m. ET.
It’s a type of in-your-face, no-nonsense show that only someone who knows his time on earth is limited can deliver.
So what can people expect from the four 30-minute episodes over two nights, Nov. 12 and 19?
Mainly, “Hutch” (as he’s called) said the show will help viewers’ in their faith by explaining “what God expects from us.”
“There’s going to be a different kind of show than they’re used to seeing and hearing,” he said. “It’s about living the Christian life without hesitation, without apology — without thinking twice about what you believe, where you stand.”
See a preview of “Hutch” below:
But don’t think Hutcherson has made the show all about serious topics. He said viewers can also expect a big dose of humor as well.
“It’s just going to be plain hilarious — so much fun to know what you believe, why you believe it — without second guessing,” he said.
Each episode will focus on a specific theme the preacher believes everyone needs to hear about: fatherhood, marriage, ministry and cancer.
Hutcherson has insight and experience with each of them, but it’s his Stage 4 bone cancer fight that may prove the most emotionally stirring for viewers.
The pastor told TheBlaze he was once terrified of the disease, but he overcame his fears through his own health battle.
“I couldn’t be like Christ if I had this fear. God allowed me to get cancer to get (rid of) that fear,” he said. “It taught me how to live … cancer became my pastor, cancer became my discipler. It has taught me to face death with courage, with laughter — with all the power that God has given me.”
While Hutcherson said he should have died four years ago, he credits prayer and faith with continuing to sustain him, but he’s aware of the fact that bone cancer isn’t curable.
“If God doesn’t intervene I’m going to definitely one day die of this cancer,” he said.
Despite his health struggles and tough treatments that include chemotherapy and bone injections, Hutcherson heads to work most days and still preaches on the weekends.
If he had one message he could leave behind, Hutcherson said it would be the knowledge that “God is in control.”
“(God) is the one that we all must submit to … don’t keep submitting to the god you created your ownself instead of the God of scriptures,” Hutcherson said.
Throughout “Hutch,” the faith leader will also share portions of a letter he is writing to his four children — a note that he hopes will leave a legacy about how to live regardless of what life throws their way.
Hutch is a limited-run series of four 30-minute episodes over two nights on TheBlaze TV. The program will air from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 12 and Tuesday, Nov. 19.