LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Nik Ripken and his wife, Ruth, will be featured guests at a missions event on Oct. 23 on The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary campus.
Ripken, author of The Insanity of God, will be on campus for “Missions in an Unstable World,” hosted by the Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization. Tickets for the event are $20 and are available at SBTS for the 4:30-8 p.m. event.
Women are invited to join Ruth Ripken, Gail McKinley and a panel of other veteran missionary women for tea as they discuss international missions. Later that evening, a meal will be served and the Ripkens will share their experiences as missionaries today. There will be time for questions and answers.
Ripken was interviewed from his home in Kentucky by Baptist Press in 2019. In that interview, he told of first-hand persecution he faced during a 35-year missions career. “I’ve been shot at; I’ve been held for half a day at a time, just people trying to shake me down for money. And there’s been a lot of dangerous situations.” In 1997, their son Timothy died in a Nairobi, Kenya, hospital of cardiac arrest from an asthma attack.
Nik Ripken Ministries produces and distributes materials “to challenge believers to boldly follow Jesus, sharing their faith with others — no matter the cost,” the nikripken.com website states, noting the ministry’s mission: “to expand the Kingdom of God by sharing truths and practices learned from believers in persecution.”
“From the world’s point of view, the cross of Jesus will always be a stumbling block. ... Today, as throughout all of history, a God who ‘so loves the world that he gave his only begotten Son’” is seen as having committed “an act of insanity.” And “For those of us who know Jesus, we want to model such insanity,” which, Ripken said, “believers in persecution have modeled for us.”
He continued, “The hardest thing we ever say to churches, civic organizations or whoever is that when I keep my faith to myself — I don’t share with my family, my friends, my boss, whoever — not only do I fail to identify with my brothers and sisters in chains, I am absolutely identifying with their persecutors, the ones that chained them.
In addition to The Insanity of God, Ripken also authored The Insanity of Obedience: Walking with Jesus in Tough Places and The Insanity of Sacrifice: A 90-Day Devotional.