Welcome to Essentially Translatable. Are you fascinated by languages, literacy, cross-cultural issues, and the Word? Join us in exploring the exciting world of Bible Translation! Featuring interviews with leaders in the global translation community, Essentially Translatable is educational, exciting and informative.
Rob Hilbert is the Executive Director of Aramaic Bible Translation and missionary with Lutheran Bible Translators. He previously served as a missionary with LBT in Sierra Leone and Botswana.
“It was the language that Jesus spoke in and would have communicated in. So, it has been around for a long time. The [Aramaic] languages we currently work in are descendants of that language.” – Rob Hilbert
Students had questions, and the pastors had answers.
Pastor Tom Lange teaches religion including Christian apologetics at Saint Paul Lutheran High School.
Listen in to stories of Easter from around the world. Laugh, ponder, and rejoice!
“We’re celebrating, we’re remembering that again – that day. But on the other hand, there’s not a day that has gone by since that first Easter day where that statement isn’t true for all of humanity. Jesus Christ is risen today. And that changes everything.” – Rev. Rich Rudowske
“We just said let’s come together. What can we do together in unity – in oneness – that we couldn’t do by ourselves? The big, big goal was to eradicate Bible poverty.”
Martin and Joan spent over 30 years in Cameroon, West Africa engaged in Bible translation ministry. Discover what it means to follow God’s call and witness lives transformed by the Gospel.
“And so, I surrendered it to God after that. I said, “God, you gave it to me. You can have it back.” –Joan Weber
Michaela Federwitz grew up in West Africa as a Missionary Kid with Lutheran Bible Translators, offering her a unique “third-culture kid” perspective. She will soon return to West Africa to serve as a nanny for the children of LBT-Canada's missionaries Rev. Mike and Kara Kuhn.
“The more effort you put into actually caring and getting to know that TCK, the more open they’ll be with you and the more they’ll feel comfortable.”
“Once upon a time…” The phrase may sound beautiful, but it would not be an accurate way to begin the story of Jesus’s birth. Now try to begin to imagine all the struggles of translating in another culture and language! Join Dr. Becky Grossmann and co-hosts, Emily Wilson and Rich Rudowske, to discuss the idea of discourse, why it’s important, implementation and outcomes in translations, and the joy found in God’s Word.
Rest. God rested after creation, a sign of completion and abundance. We can rest in God’s abundance and be completely dependent on Him. How do we rest? What does it look like? Join Ali Federwitz and co-hosts, Emily Wilson and Rich Rudowske, to discuss the idea of Sabbath rest, spiritual health, and how we can clue our bodies, friends, families into knowing that it is time for rest.
“He has given me His abundance, His completen...
What is God calling you to do? We can’t begin to wrap our minds around the totality of God’s mission. This episode of the LBT sermon series is based in part on Genesis 12:1-3 and originally delivered at Concordia Seminary St. Louis, MO one week before the entire nation shut down for Coronavirus. Join Emily Wilson and Rich Rudowske to discuss life at times of upheaval, and the reminder that God is always in control and has called us...
God’s Word in people’s hands and hearts. Removing barriers and transforming lives. Join Rev. Carl and Kelsey Grulke and host, Rich Rudowske to discuss mission work and family, especially life with bigger families, scripture engagement strategy, cross-culture living, and so much more.
"This is God's Word that transforms lives! And we want to make sure that whatever resources are needed are available and are easily acces...
– “Imagine what it means to have God’s Word in the language of your heart! …I think [Lutheran Bible Translator’s] work is the first step in any mission field.” Dr. Wayne Braun shares perspectives of partnering with Lutheran Bible Translators and God’s leading in life. Join Dr. Braun and host, Rich Rudowske to discuss gratitude, mission work and family, lay missions, changes over the last 20 years, translation partnerships, how God ...
What does it mean to be able to read God’s Word in your heart language? Rev. John Bundor shares about literacy efforts in Sierra Leone and the life-changing role of God’s Word in this ministry. Join Pastor Bundor and host, Rich Rudowske to discuss many topics, including: a typical literacy program, the necessity of the written word along with the ability to read, and why investing in Sierra Leone literacy efforts is worth your time...
Martin Luther once wrote “I wish that every village had its own interpreter and that this book alone would live in the hands, eyes, ears, and hearts of all people.” Dr. Erik Herrmann talks to us about the role of Bible translation during the Reformation and today. Join Dr. Herrmann and host, Rich Rudowske to discuss keeping scripture at the center of it all, pastoral care, social media versus the printing press, and more.
What is the best way to plan for strategic transitions? Dr. Mike Rodewald shares memories of the last five years with Lutheran Bible Translators, including the move to Concordia, Missouri. Join Dr. Mike and host, Rev. Rich Rudowske to discuss ministry challenges, building reserves, being strategic instead of reactive, looking to the future, and more.
“How can we survive and thrive?” – Dr. Mike Rodewald
You might have felt the urge to “do something” for missions. Dr. Jim & Susan Kaiser share their story of similar urging and of God’s provision and leading. Join the Kaisers and host, Rev. Rich Rudowske to discuss translation consulting, God’s faithfulness, finding a helpmate and partner, raising a family on the mission field, and more.
“God did His thing and used me for His purposes.”
– Susan Kaiser
Where does identity come from? Dr.Boafo brings years of field experience and training to multi-lingual ministry during this conversation about opportunities and challenges when engaging African churches in Bible translation. Join the Rev. Dr. Ebenezer Boafo and host, Rev. Rich Rudowske to discuss local language engagement, local theologizing, and so much more.
“Take advantage of their way of life to spread the Gospel.”
“The Word o...
Have you wondered how a family goes about serving in the mission field? How does God use times of preparation and even struggle? God leads His servants on long and winding roads to do His mission!
Join Elliot and Serena Derricks and host, Rev. Rich Rudowske to discuss language communities, language fluency, joy in their work, and more.
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