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2nd ‘Insanity’ simulcast Nov. 13, DVD release Nov 21

NASHVILLE (BP) -- More than 1,000 churches have registered for two simulcasts of the feature documentary film, "The Insanity of God." The first simulcast was Nov. 9 and the last is Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Eastern. A DVD of the film on the persecuted church will be released Nov. 21.

‘Insanity of God’ ticket sales top $1 million

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Ticket sales for an encore showing of "The Insanity of God" in theaters Tuesday, Sept. 13, pushed box office receipts to $1.1 million. "Due to the success of the film's two one-night theater showings," Trey Reynolds, manager of LifeWay Films, said, "we are planning a church simulcast for the film the first or second week of November, with a consumer DVD and church license DVD to be released Nov. 21."

2nd showing of ‘Insanity of God’ slated Sept. 13

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Response to the one-night premiere of "The Insanity of God" in movie theaters across the United States has prompted an encore showing for Tuesday, Sept. 13. The feature documentary produced by the International Mission Board and Cooke Pictures and distributed by LifeWay Films tells the story of missionaries Nik and Ruth Ripken*. After the death of their son, the couple traveled to 72 countries into the depths of the persecuted church to find out if God actually makes a difference in difficult places. The film is based on a best-selling book of the same name released by the B&H Publishing Group.

‘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.

UPDATE: Billy Graham statue move rescheduled

NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources is moving a larger-than-life statue of Southern Baptist evangelist Billy Graham from its downtown Nashville location to a LifeWay retreat center in the North Carolina mountains, a few miles from Graham’s home. The move is prompted by last year’s sale of LifeWay’s 15-acre Nashville campus. The iconic bronze sculpture will be dismantled and placed in storage until a new site is ready this fall at the entrance to LifeWay’s 1,300-acre Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center, near Asheville, N.C.

LifeWay to offer free pastors’ breakfast, 2 movies at SBC

ST. LOUIS (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources will provide a free breakfast for pastors and screen two new movies at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in St. Louis this summer. The focus of the LifeWay Pastors' Breakfast will be "Leading Change in the Church," featuring LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer, followed by a panel discussion of critical issues in effectively navigating change. The panel will include Ron Edmondson, Immanuel Baptist Church, Lexington, Ky.; Sam Rainer, West Bradenton Baptist Church, Bradenton, Fla.; Jimmy Scroggins, Family Church, West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Kevin Smith, Highview Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky. Eric Geiger, vice president of LifeWay's Resources Division, will serve as moderator.

2015 prepared LifeWay for future

NASHVILLE (BP) -- For LifeWay Christian Resources, 2015 was a year of innovative ministry products and services for churches and their members, punctuated by ongoing developments in the sale of its 15-acre campus in downtown Nashville. In November, LifeWay completed the sale of the property where it has been located for more than 100 years and announced it was close to deciding on a new piece of ...

LifeWay to screen 2 movies at SBC

COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources will screen two new movies, host a panel discussion about biblical preaching, and provide a men's breakfast in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio. LifeWay Films will screen "War Room," a new movie from Alex and Stephen Kendrick, the award-winning creators of "Fireproof" and "Courageous." War Room explores the power of prayer and stars Priscilla Shirer, Alex Kendrick ...

Glorieta suit dismissed; notice of appeal filed

NASHVILLE (BP) -- The U.S. District Court for New Mexico has dismissed all claims in a lawsuit against LifeWay Christian Resources, the Southern Baptist Convention and its Executive Committee, and the Glorieta 2.0 ministry that bought Glorieta Conference Center from LifeWay 18 months ago.

Mark Dance to nurture LifeWay’s pastor ties

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Arkansas pastor Mark Dance will join the staff of LifeWay Christian Resources to lead efforts in building closer relationships with pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention. Dance, senior pastor of Second Baptist Church in Conway since 2001, began serving as LifeWay's associate vice president for pastoral leadership on Oct. 1.