What is the role of the Bible in our lives?

In this episode of Tuesdays at the Table, we talk with Dr. Kabamba Kiboko about how United Methodists read scripture.
In this episode of Tuesdays at the Table, we talk with Dr. Kabamba Kiboko about how United Methodists read scripture.

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We've read, "God said it. I believe it. That settles it." Then, someone quotes a Bible verse as THE answer to a complex question or problem. Appeals to the Bible often discourage us from disagreement and dialogue. Should the Bible serve as a conversation-starter or a conversation-ender?

Let's ask the Rev. Dr. Kabamba Kiboko how United Methodists read the Bible.


Guest: Rev. Dr. Rev. Kabamba Kiboko The Rev. Dr. Kabamba Kiboko is the author of 'Divining the Woman of Endor: The Politics of Biblical Translation.' Photo courtesy Kabamba Kiboko.

  • Ph.D. Biblical Interpretation with emphasis in the Hebrew Bible (Denver University, Iliff School of Theology), M. Div. (Iliff), M.Th. (Perkins); B.A. (Drake), Graduée en Théologie (Mulungwishi, CongoDR).
  • Author of Divining the Woman of Endor: The Politics of Biblical Translation, published by Bloomsbury T & T Clark [February 2017] and multiple other written works.
  • Ordained Elder serving Forest Chapel UMC in the West Ohio Conference (2013 – Present).
  • Ministry
    • Multicultural and Multiracial
    • Community Partnerships
    • Congregation’s Recent Intercontinental Membership Growth
  • Born in the CongoDR
  • First clergywoman ordained in the Southern Congo Conference (1983).
  • Mission Interpreter and Liaison for the Southern Congo/Zambia Episcopal area (1986-2016).
  • Delegate to the 1984 General Conference
  • Judicial Council
    • Member 2012 – Present
    • Secretary 2019 – Present
  • President of the African Clergywomen Association (2012-Present)
  • Translator at General Conferences (1992-2012).
  • Recipient of the Harry Denman Award for Evangelism, West Ohio Conference 2015.
  • Married to Rev. Kalamba Kilumba, also an Ordained Elder serving in the West Ohio Conference. We enjoy spending time with our adult children DK and Tasha as well as our extensive extended family across the globe.

Host: Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj

Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj is a retired clergy member of the New York Annual Conference who has also served in Bombay and Illinois Great Rivers Conferences. Photo courtesy Connectional Table.Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj is a retired clergy member of the New York Annual Conference. He has also served in Bombay and Illinois Great Rivers Conferences.

Dharmaraj has lived in various cultural settings, has been involved in interfaith relations and is actively engaged in global mission. He has written over a dozen books and numerous articles in the areas of Christian mission and interfaith relations. He writes regularly commentary in The Vision, New York Annual Conference’s monthly news magazine. Dharmaraj has served the church-at-large in various capacities including teaching, lecturing, conducting workshops and has served as a consultant both in academic and church settings. He has traveled extensively and worked with both United Methodist Church and ecumenical partners from around the world. He is passionate about world Christianity at work through mutuality in mission engagement.

Dharmaraj holds a Ph.D. in Theology of Mission, an M.A. in Political Science and Public Administration. He has also earned an M.Div, S.T.M and Th.M. degrees in Biblical Languages and Mission Theology.