Advent Reflection Week 2 - Prepare

December 20, 2017

Part of waiting for Christ's return is preparing ourselves for Him. This Advent Reflection considers how Mary prepared for the birth of Christ and how we can prepare for His second coming.


Advent Reflection Week 1 - Wait with Joy

December 19, 2017

The first in a four part series of Advent Reflections. Advent is a time to remember and celebrate Christ's first coming, and to anticipate His second coming. How did the Israelites wait for the Messiah, and how can we wait with joy for His return?


Scripture Engagement

October 18, 2017

The next step of the translation process is to print the Scriptures, distribute them, and help people engage with Scriptures. This podcast ends with a challenge to those of us who have had the Scripture for many years, and introduces the next podcast series to help us answer that challenge.


Consultant Checking

September 6, 2017

The next step in the translation process is the consultant check. This is where someone with training in both translation and in exegesis (bible study) looks at the translation and checks it for accuracy. This job will be a large part of my role with Pioneer Bible Translators.


The Kono Project - Translation in Process

July 27, 2017

Get a glimpse of a real translation in progress! This episode is an interview with Steve, who is a translation facilitator for the Kono Project in Africa. This project is at the beginning stages, and Steve is working on linguistics. Steve and Carla met to finalize the Kono alphabet and write spelling rules for the language. Hear about some of the challenges the Kono Project has faced, their reasons for pressing forward, and how it feels to have an alphabet! Steve shares a story as well of the Kono word for Savior! This is a great look at a real translation project as it moves forward!


Comprehension Checking

July 6, 2017

After a translation is drafted, it goes through several different checks to make sure that it is accurate to the Biblical text, as well as clear to the readers, and natural sounding in the language. This podcast talks about the process of "comprehension checking" - meeting with language speakers to make sure the translation is easily understood by a mother-tongue language speaker.



June 2, 2017

The next step in the translation process is drafting. This podcast explores two things that drafters must keep in mind - the meanings of the words and the structures of sentences.


Linguistics as Part of Translation

May 17, 2017

When people find out I am a linguist, they often ask how many languages I speak, and are kind of disappointed to learn that I really only speak English! This podcast explains a little bit about how linguistics plays into translation, and how my linguistics training allows me to work with a language that I don't speak.


The Process of Translation

April 17, 2017

Welcome to the podcast for Building a Bridge to God's Word! In this episode, you will learn a little bit about the process of Bible translation. There are many steps to translating the Bible, and this will give you a broad overview of everything that is involved in bringing God's word to people in their own languages!