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A Very LBT Christmas

A Very LBT Christmas

December 22, 2021

Cozy up by the fire or your favorite chair and take a Christmas tour around the world.

Enjoy this Christmas special from 2020 as missionaries and staff share their stories about traditions and family, the Word in action, Scripture coming alive, and what Christmas is all about.

"One of the wonderful things about Christmas is to give… God gave us our greatest need and gave it to us lavishly." – Rev. Rich Rudowske

In the Details | Dr. Jeff Kloha

In the Details | Dr. Jeff Kloha

December 10, 2021

How can the Bible be authoritative if we aren’t sure we have the “right one”?

In this episode:

  • An Introduction to Textual Criticism
  • What You’ll Find at the Museum of the Bible
  • Electrifying Impact of Luther’s New Testament

Dr. Jeff Kloha is the Chief Curatorial Officer at the Museum of the Bible. He manages the Museum of the Bible Education, Scholars Initiative, Exhibits, Curatorial, and Collections departments.

An Untraditional Thanksgiving

An Untraditional Thanksgiving

November 24, 2021

Enjoy another holiday storytelling medley from missionaries. Flexibility and laughter are the key ingredients as they celebrate holidays away from ‘’home”. They’ve learned how to improvise and make the most of their favorite recipes and pastimes with an untraditional twist.

Connecting the Aramaic Culture | Demsin Lachin & Rob Hilbert

Connecting the Aramaic Culture | Demsin Lachin & Rob Hilbert

November 11, 2021

Generations of Aramaic speakers without the written Word are disconnected from their culture and God. Aramaic Bible Translation brings the Word of God to Aramaic speakers and connects them to their roots in the Christian faith.

"I see people growing in the knowledge of the Word. People are reading the Word of God and understanding it. And I see so many communities connecting. We see the love of God growing in the churches for each other coming together as one Body.” —Demsin Lachin

Demsin Lachin serves on the Assyrian Bible translation team to make God's Word accessible to neo-Assyrian language communities.

Rob Hilbert serves as the Executive Director for Aramaic Bible Translation.

Spirits, Charms and Rituals | Dr. Mike Rodewald

Spirits, Charms and Rituals | Dr. Mike Rodewald

October 29, 2021

“Anytime… our action must be first for God to respond [to us], then we point away from that very core of what is the Gospel message."—Dr. Mike Rodewald 

Dr. Mike Rodewald serves as the Executive Director for Lutheran Bible Translators. Mike has a Ph.D. in missiology from Concordia Theological Seminary.   

Experience Scripture | Peter Prochnow

Experience Scripture | Peter Prochnow

October 15, 2021

“I can recall hearing Scripture differently. I don’t remember hearing those words in pretty common verses. I felt like I was experiencing it differently.” — Peter Prochnow

Experience Scripture through the Living Water project!

Peter Prochnow is the Director of Worship and Music at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Oviedo, Florida. He partnered with Lutheran Bible Translators in 2020 to produce the Living Water project.

Kingdom Work | Dr. Brent Smith

Kingdom Work | Dr. Brent Smith

October 1, 2021

“We’re going to be singing Hallelujahs. And we’ve got some songs right there in Revelation of what we’re going to sing. We’re going to hear that in so many of the languages that LBT is working in today. New saints in heaven singing of the salvation that comes through Jesus Christ.” –Brent Smith

Executive Development Officer Rev. Dr. Brent Smith began service with Lutheran Bible Translators in August 2021.

Brent graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity International University in 2011. He is excited to network with congregations and individuals to invite people to be part of God’s story of salvation through the Bible translation movement.

Speaking My Language | Dr. Tilahun Mendedo

Speaking My Language | Dr. Tilahun Mendedo

September 17, 2021

“I want every Christian on planet Earth just to open the Bible and read a verse and say, ‘Thank you, Lord, because you are speaking to me through Thy Word. And God, You are speaking my language.’ I want them to speak that out loud, because we are privileged. And many, many people are out there without the Word of God.” 

Rev. Dr. Tilahun Mendedo serves as the Executive Development Officer of Lutheran Bible Translators. 

Tilahun draws on his experiences and relationships in Ethiopia and the USA. He is delighted to serve God by making His Name known to those who have never had the Bible in a language they understand. 

Ask a Pastor | Biblical Perspectives

Ask a Pastor | Biblical Perspectives

September 3, 2021

“Asking questions and clarifying what the Bible is saying is an integral part of Bible translation ministry, as well. Even in the process of translating it, people are asking questions about how is this going to be understood, how will these words come across. It just really sharpens to always be looking at Scripture from the perspective of always asking questions.”  – Rev. Rich Rudowske

It is “Round Two” for the Ask-a-Pastor episode on Essentially Translatable! 

Students from Saint Paul Lutheran High School submitted questions about the Bible and Christianity to be answered on the podcast.

Pastor Lange and Pastor Rudowske share their insights to some of life’s tough questions.

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

Reaching the Unreached | Dr. Berhanu Ofgaa

Reaching the Unreached | Dr. Berhanu Ofgaa

August 20, 2021

“I thought that everybody was reached by the language. And so, I felt comfortable that everything was done. During these three years, I have gotten exposure to the grassroots people, especially the different small groups, who have their own vernacular. These people have no other access to the Word of God” –Dr. Berhanu Ofgaa

Rev. Dr. Berhanu Ofgaa serves as Lutheran Bible Translators’ Programs Director in Ethiopia. Previously, he served as General Secretary for the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY). Lutheran Bible Translators and the EECMY partner together for the expansion of Bible translation work in Ethiopia.

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