Terry Wildman is the lead translator and project manager of the First Nations Version of the New Testament. In this conversation, Terry talks about the intersection of being Christian and Native and what that has meant for him as he has explored the two, personally and in community. Cultural context in worship has received pushback over the centuries from members of the dominant culture all over the globe, but in Jesus’ own words, we hear Creator Sets Free (Jesus) encouraging followers to worship him where they are with their people. My favorite quote from the endorsements for this version came from Brian Zahnd when he said, “translation is intended.” The Good Story is for people of every tribe, nation, and tongue.
“But the time is coming when all who honor and serve the Great Mystery will not need to do so in this mountain, nor in the Village of Peace (Jerusalem). The Father is looking for the ones who will honor him in spirit and truth – and the day for this has now come. The One Above Us All is spirit, and all who honor and serve the Great Spirit must do so in spirit and truth.” John 4:24-25 FNV
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Mentioned in this episode:
First Nations Version: An Indigenous Translation of the New Testament
Jesus Film Project with First Nations Version
Sign Language: A Look at the Historic and Prophetic Landscape of America by Terry M. Wildman
InterVarsity Native Ministries
Half-Truths are Lies by Dr. Thomas Dooley
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