ERB Editor C. Christopher Smith sat down at Urbana with first-time guests Terry and Darlene Wildman for an insightful and illuminating conversation about the process of writing the First Nations Version of the New Testament, as well as the work of writing and contextualization in general.
Terry and Darlene Wildman travel North America and abroad, teaching, storytelling, sharing their music at First Nations gatherings, on Reservations, and also at Churches and Conferences. They note: “We are dedicating our time and the gifts Creator has given us to serve the First Nations People of North America; working and praying to see dignity and harmony restored to individuals, families, clans, and tribal nations. We believe that the message of Creator’s Son Jesus is for all people and will transform the lives of all who follow Him. But we also believe that the message must be embraced within the context of every culture to be effective.” Terry is also the lead translator, general editor, and project manager of the First Nations Version. He serves as the director of spiritual growth and leadership development for Native InterVarsity.
The psalmist writes in Psalm 42:7 that “deep calls unto deep.” Sam D. Kim in A Holy Hauting suggests that many confuse this deep longing with a form of chronic anxiety, or something that has gone wrong, when it is in fact a holy haunting of the presence of God. Deep calling unto deep is nothing other than the voice of God echoing from eternity. Perhaps our culture’s current crushing opioid crisis, mental health epidemic, and the rise of Tinder are all manifestations of this holy haunting gone horribly wrong—clear residual evidence of not only the existence, but its prevalence in human experience. For more visit aholyhauntingbook.com
Books Mentioned in this Episode:
If you’d like to order any of the following books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger)
- When the Great Spirit Walked Among Us — Terry M. Wildman
- First Nations Version: An Indigenous Translation of the New Testament — Terry M. Wildman, First Nations Version Translation Council
If you’d like to order any of the above books, we encourage you to do so from Hearts and Minds Books
(An independent bookstore in Dallastown, PA, run by Byron and Beth Borger)
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