[Press Release] The Insanity of God, A Story of Faith and Persecution, Comes to Cinemas Nationwide

Aug. 24, 2016

LifeWay Films, author David Platt and Fathom Events present film, based on best-selling book, in 530 movie theatres nationwide

Denver, CO – On Tuesday, August 30th  at 9:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. MT), “The Insanity of God,” the incredibly true story of missionaries Nik and Ruth Ripken and their work with the persecuted church, will be shown in select U.S. cinemas for a special one-night, feature event. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with Nik Ripken and International Mission Board President, author and speaker, David Platt, as well as a performance by musical artist Todd Smith.

“We are honored to partner with LifeWay Films to bring this amazing story to movie theaters across the country,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said. “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.”

The film is based on the best-selling book, “The Insanity of God” (B&H Publishing), 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 premature 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. In fact, 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,” said Platt.  “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.”

“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,” he added.

“The Insanity of God” is released in association with the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention. Tickets for “The Insanity of God” 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).


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