Essentially Translatable

Essentially Translatable

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.

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April 30, 2021 42 min

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

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Students had questions, and the pastors had answers.  

Pastor Tom Lange teaches religion including Christian apologetics at Saint Paul Lutheran High School. 

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April 2, 2021 29 min

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

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Mart Green is the Ministry Investment Officer for Hobby Lobby and the founder of Mardel Christian and Education Supply stores with a heart for putting God's Word in their hands.

 

“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.”

-Mart Green

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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

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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.”

Su...

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“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.  

 

“When ...

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January 22, 2021 56 min

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...

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January 8, 2021 32 min

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...

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Cozy up by the fire or your favorite chair and take a Christmas tour around the world. Celebrate Christmas Lutheran Bible Translator style! What do you love about Christmas? Context, memories, food, decorations, culture… What makes Christmas seem complete? Join Emily Wilson and Rich Rudowske to discuss traditions and family, the Word in action, Scripture coming alive, and what Christmas is all about. "One of the wonderful thi...
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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...

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November 27, 2020 38 min

– “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 ...

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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...

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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.

 

“Lut...

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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

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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

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September 18, 2020 44 min

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.”

  – Dr...

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September 3, 2020 27 min
What makes the Word of God “Essentially Translatable”? Join Rev. Rich Rudowske as he talks with Troy Neujahr and Craig Donofrio of For You Radio to explain the importance of this specialized missionary work.This podcast was originally recorded and released by 1517.org on the For You Radio podcast. To find out more about 1517 and their podcasts, visit 1517.org. Produced by Lutheran Bible Translators and For You Radio.

 

“The Word o...

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What would our congregations look like without God’s Word? How can you involve your congregation in Bible translation? Bible Translation Sunday is a time to join congregations across the world in this life-changing mission. Join Rev. Michael Pottschmidt and host, Rev. Rich Rudowske to discuss mission at home, the craft of preaching, the larger view of God’s work in the world, and the joys and struggles in ministry and family life. ...
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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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