The Insanity of God, LifeWay Films’ first theatrical release, will hit cinemas across the nation next week, showing in select locations on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 7:00 p.m. local time.
The feature is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Nik Ripken, and recounts the journey of Ripken and his wife, Ruth, Christian missionaries who ventured into the depths of the persecuted church after the death of their son.
“The Ripkens’ story is an inspiring message of hope and faith that will enlighten audiences on the price many Christians face in the world today,” commented John Rubey, CEO of Fathom Events, which partnered with LifeWay Films to bring the story to theaters.
“I encourage you to go to the theater and watch this film,” added International Mission Board President David Platt, whose organization initiated the project. “It will change your perspective on what it means to follow Jesus, and your life will be changed.”
Nik and Ruth, with three children, served for more than 32 years obeying Christ’s command to share Jesus across the globe. After seven years in Malawi and South Africa, they moved to Nairobi, Kenya, in 1991 to begin work among the Somali people. Near the end of the Ripkens’ tenure among the Somalis, their 16-year-old son died of an asthma attack on Easter Sunday morning. One year later, the Holy Spirit led the Ripkens to begin a global pilgrimage to learn from believers in persecution how to recapture a biblical missiology of witness and house-church planting in the midst of persecution and martyrdom.
Since 1998, the Ripkens have journeyed globally among people who, when they gave their lives to Jesus, faced increasing persecution for their faith. To date, they have interviewed more than 600 persecuted believers in more than 72 countries.
“Christians are imprisoned, beaten, and executed every day in the Middle East and in other countries around the world because they’re not willing to stop. Even at the threat of their lives, they refuse to be silent,” noted Phil Cooke, one of the executive producers behind The Insanity of God. “The question is, if and when it gets tough here at home, how will we respond? Hopefully, our film will help you decide.”
After the presentation of The Insanity of God, there will be a Q&A with Platt and Ripken, who will share his journey of faith and the ways in which persecuted Christians across the world taught him how to follow, love, and walk with Jesus every day. There will also be a performance of “Dimitri’s Song” (featured in the production) by musical artist Todd Smith from the band Selah, who wrote the music for the film.
Tickets for the special one-night-only feature event can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.
For a complete list of theater locations, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).