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Trinity to host film screening, Q&A

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Trinity United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch

The finished product of the Trinity United Methodist Church 19th annual Pumpkin Patch on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (Blake Doss / RN-T)

Trinity United Methodist Church will host a Q&A discussion with author Gregg Lewis after the viewing of the film “The Insanity of God,” on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Lewis who co-authored the bestselling book with Nik Ripken, “The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected,” which the movie is based on.

Lewis said he got involved in co-writing the book in a very simple fashion.

“Nik’s agent called me,” Lewis said. “He was 90 miles away and wanted to meet. I said, ‘Sure.’”

According to Lewis, Ripken is the world’s leading authority on the persecuted Christian church around the world in Muslim contexts. They have conducted more than 700 in-depth interviews with the Christian believers from more than 70 countries who have been persecuted for their religious beliefs.

“Many people don’t realize that things that occurred in the New Testament are still happening in countries where Christians are persecuted,” Lewis said. “Sometimes people can be executed for their faith. That’s why Ripken’s message is so important.”

Lewis hopes that the event has a great turnout.

“I have no idea how many people will show up,” he said, “but Christians interested in learning about what it’s like to live in persecution will come. Americans don’t understand what’s happening.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on Ripken visit www.nikripken.com.