'Insanity of God' showing Aug. 30 across U.S.

NASHVILLE, TN (BP) -- "The Insanity of God," the true story of missionaries Nik and Ruth Ripken and their work with the persecuted church, will be shown in 500 U.S. theaters Aug. 30 for a special one-night, feature event. The presentation will include International Mission Board President, author and speaker David Platt interviewing Nik Ripken, as well as a performance by music artist Todd Smith.

The film is based on the best-selling book, "The Insanity of God" (B&H Publishing Group), which tells the story of the Ripkens' journey from rural Kentucky to the Horn of Africa, where their faith was tested to the limit by the death of their 16-year-old son. The film also documents the stories of persecuted Christians from across the world, collected by the Ripkens after their time in Africa. Over the past 18 years, the Ripkens have interviewed more than 600 persecuted Christians in more than 72 countries.

"I don't think we are as aware of their stories as we should be," Platt said. "With everything going on in the world, there may be no single issue more urgent to the church in 2016 than persecution. We need to be praying continually for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world and learning more about how they are persecuted."

Nik and Ruth Ripken appeared at the screening of "The Insanity of God" documentary Monday, June 13 in St. Louis, prior to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
BP file photo by Jenna Wachsmuth
"I encourage you to go to the theater and watch this film. It will change your perspective on what it means to follow Jesus, and your life will be changed as a result," Platt noted.

"The Insanity of God" is released in association with the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention and LifeWay Films. Tickets for "The Insanity of God" can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Watch a trailer of the film at http://www.insanityofgodmovie.com.

Marty King is director of communications for LifeWay Christian Resources.
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