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BASS Convention Presenter: Bruce Green

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Bruce Green
Bruce Green

Bridge Building Consultant
Bridge Building with Muslims
Los Altos, CA
(510) 828-4561
greenbbf@aol.com
http://www.bridgestocommonground.org/bridgebuilding/

Consultant, Bridges to Common Ground. For the last 18 years Rev. Green has built bridges of trust with the Afghan Community in "Little Kabul" (Fremont, CA). He is a board member of the Afghan Coalition, the largest social-service agency run by Afghans in California. His experience includes church youth ministry, overseas missionary work in Muslim-majority nations, Business as Missions, executive mission leadership, and interfaith dialogue. He is the primary author of “Islam & Christianity,” Rose Publications.





2020 Workshops

Evangelism & Outreach: Exalting Jesus Among Muslims In Democratic Society

3/7/2020

Constructive interaction with Muslims is now necessary in our democratic society because God has engineered circumstances that force diverse peoples together. Muslims, and people from many other cultures, are now nearby neighbors to the local church, not just foreign mission objects. God is not the author of confusion, so what is He up to in our generation? How can we cooperate with his Kingdom-of-God agenda to exalt Jesus among all tribes, tongues, peoples and nations?

This workshop will deconstruct politically-correct jargon and provide biblical working definitions for terms such as: “diversity,” “unity,” “racism,” “ethnic,” “justice,” “Christianity,” “peace” and “submission.” Secular humanist, evolutionary-biased activists are trying to form alliances with Muslims on a pro-abortion, sexually-amorphous political agenda which is contrary to traditional Islamic values. Pro-life, sexual-purity-focused evangelical Christians have much more in common with the typical Muslim, but we must engage in a proactive way, not for short-term political gains but for the sake of advancing God’s Kingdom. We must be the “salt of the earth” and not lose our saltiness or keep it contained in stained-glass salt shakers. This workshop will better equip you for the culture war raging around us, with particular attention to loving our Muslim neighbors.

Evangelism & Outreach: Improve 2020 Vision by Clarifying Worldviews: Honor-Shame, Freedom-Guilt, Power-Fear

3/7/2020

In this age of increasing cultural diversity we need to understand how others see reality. In other words, what is their worldview? Understanding worldviews, both ours and our neighbors, can help equip us to better advance God’s Kingdom. Most unreached people groups in the world, including Muslims, think according to an honor-shame worldview. Western Christianity, on the other hand, is steeped in the contrasting freedom-guilt worldview. Still other cultures have a dominant fear-power worldview. Debilitating blind spots often happen when only one worldview is considered. Such worldview blindness can erect barriers of suspicion instead of building bridges of trust. Since the Bible was largely written in an honor-shame context, Christians can distort the good news if we interpret the Bible using only freedom-guilt filters. The freedom-guilt worldview can produce “freedom-out-of-control” excesses in society such as gender-choice confusion, radical feminism and abortion-on-demand. People from a honor-shame worldview can react to these extremes with fear and isolation. Alternatively, extremes of the honor-shame worldview can support “honor killings” and even terrorism. We must avoid judging by the extremes and see value in other worldviews. In reaching Muslims, understanding honor-shame worldview is more important than understanding Islam. Our job is not to shame Muhammad but to honor Jesus. We can avoid religious debate as we seek to honor Jesus.

Evangelism & Outreach: Bridge Building with Muslims: Evangelism Without Extracting Trophy Converts

3/7/2020

When it comes to Muslims too often we “Christianize” instead of evangelize; and we wonder why our message is not received as good news. Extracting a few trophy converts is not “good news” to the local Muslim community. Viewing individual Muslims as part of their extended family and community is important in building bridges of trust for meaningful two-way communication. Always ask the question: Will my words or actions build bridges or barriers? Barrier-building results in “Christianizing” and extraction. Bridge Building results in true evangelism, which means sharing the Injil (the Muslim name for the message of Jesus) as “good news” rather than a culturally-conditioned and historically-distorted communication. Learn ways to “speak the truth in love” rather than believing and sharing online postings that are polemical, confrontational and divisive ways of Christianizing. Muslims who follow Jesus are different than Christian proselytes—converts who reject their Muslim heritage and take on a Christian identity. We propose a Kingdom-of-God approach to encourage Muslims—not to change their religious identity, but to become better Muslims by following the Messiah more fully. Learn about such Kingdom-of-God movements throughout the Muslim world, the first fruits of what God is doing today. The enemy is not Islam, it is radicalism. We want to respond to radical Islam with radical Love; we must learn “to be as shrewd as serpents, but as harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).

2019 Workshops

Evangelism & Outreach: Reaching Out To Muslims: Understanding Honor/Shame Worldview

3/9/2019

In our increasingly culturally-diverse community we need more tools in our evangelistic toolbox. Understanding worldviews, both ours and our neighbors, can help meet this need. Most unreached people groups in the world, including Muslims, think according to an honor-shame worldview. Western Christianity, on the other hand, is steeped in the contrasting freedom-guilt worldview. Still other cultures have a dominant fear-power worldview. Debilitating blind spots can happen when only one worldview is considered. Such worldview blindness can erect barriers of suspicion instead of building bridges of trust. Since the Bible was largely written in an honor-shame context, Christians can distort the good news if we interpret the Bible using only freedom-guilt filters. The freedom-guilt worldview can produce “freedom-out-of-control” excesses in society such as gender-choice confusion, radical feminism and abortion-on-demand. People from honor-shame cultures who are now living in our communities can react to these extremes with fear and isolation. Alternatively, extreme application of the honor-shame worldview can support “honor killings” and even terrorism. We must avoid judging by the extremes and see value in the core worldviews. In reaching Muslims, understanding honor-shame worldview is more important than understanding Islam. Our job is not to shame Muhammad but to honor Jesus. We can avoid religious debate as we seek to honor Jesus.

Evangelism & Outreach: Bridge Building with Muslims: Evangelism Without Extracting Trophy Converts

3/9/2019

When it comes to Muslims too often we “Christianize” instead of evangelize; and we wonder why our message is not received as good news. Extracting a few trophy converts is not “good news” to the local Muslim community. Viewing individual Muslims as part of their extended family and community is important in building bridges of trust for meaningful two-way communication. Always ask the question: Will my words or actions build bridges or barriers? Barrier-building results in “Christianizing” and extraction. Bridge Building results in true evangelism, which means sharing the Injil (the Muslim name for the message of Jesus) as “good news” rather than a culturally-conditioned and historically-distorted communication. Learn ways to “speak the truth in love” rather than believing and sharing online postings that are polemical, confrontational and divisive ways of Christianizing. Muslims who follow Jesus are different than Christian proselytes—converts who reject their Muslim heritage and take on a Christian identity. We propose a Kingdom-of-God approach to encourage Muslims—not to change their religious identity, but to become better Muslims by following the Messiah more fully. Learn about such Kingdom-of-God movements throughout the Muslim world, the first fruits of what God is doing today. The enemy is not Islam, it is radicalism. We want to respond to radical Islam with radical Love; we must learn “to be as shrewd as serpents, but as harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).

2018 Workshops

Missions: Critical Issues in Reaching Muslims: Understanding Honor & Shame, Part 1

3/3/2018

Most unreached people groups in the world, including Muslims, think according to an honor-shame worldview. Western Christianity, on the other hand, is steeped in the contrasting freedom-guilt worldview. Still other cultures have a dominant fear-power worldview. Some mix with honor-shame and freedom-guilt, but usually one worldview dominates. Great potential blind spots can happen when only one worldview is considered, which can lead to judgmental attitudes toward others. Since the Bible was largely written in an honor-shame context, we are even in danger of Scripture twisting if we fail to learn about this worldview. In reaching Muslims, understanding honor-shame worldview is more important than understanding Islam. We can avoid religious debate as we seek to honor Jesus.

Missions: Critical Issues in Reaching Muslims: Overcoming Christian Barriers, Part 2

3/3/2018

When it comes to Muslims too often we “Christianize” instead of evangelize; therefore our message is not received as good news. Extracting a few trophy converts is not “good news” to Muslim community. Are you willing to do the hard work to remove the plank from your eye before you try to remove the speck from a Muslim’s eye? Our plank could represent blind spots from our saturation in the freedom-guilt worldview. How well do you understand your own worldview? Do you presume it is biblical? Some Christians are quick to find fault with the Muslim’s honor-shame perspective without realizing that our own Bible was framed in that worldview. Learn about Kingdom-of-God movements throughout the Muslim world and how to cooperate with the New Thing that God is doing, both globally and locally.

2017 Workshops

Missions: Bridge Building with Muslims: An Alternative to Fear-Mongers and Pacifists

3/3/2017

When it comes to Muslims too often we “Christianize” instead of evangelize; therefore our message is not received as good news. Are you willing to do the hard work to remove the plank from your eye before you try to remove the speck from a Muslim’s eye? Our plank could represent blind spots from our saturation in the freedom-guilt worldview. How well do you understand your own worldview? Do you presume it is biblical? Some Christians are quick to find fault with the Muslim’s honor-shame perspective without realizing that our own Bible was framed in that worldview. Learn about Kingdom-of-God movements throughout the Muslim world and how to cooperate with the New Thing that God is doing, both globally and locally.

Missions: Using the Qur'an as a Tool for Sharing the Good News with Muslims

3/3/2017

Do you realize that Jesus is called “the Messiah” numerous times in the Qur’an? Did you know some Muslims have come to Isa Al Masih (Jesus Christ) just by studying the Qur’an? Yet how much better to cross the bridge between our holy books and introduce your Muslim friend to the full counsel of God. Bridge Building is an approach to Muslims that builds bridges of trust in order to have productive two-way communication. We always ask the question: Will my words or actions build bridges or barriers? Barrier-building results in “Christianizing” and perhaps extracting a few zealous converts. Bridge Building results in true evangelism, which means sharing the Injil (the Qur’anic term for the message of Jesus) as “good news” rather than a culturally-conditioned and historically-distorted communication. Learn ways to “speak the truth in love” rather than believing and sharing online postings that are polemical, confrontational and divisive ways of Christianizing. Muslims who follow Jesus are different than Christian proselytes—converts who reject their Muslim heritage and take on a Christian identity. We propose a Kingdom-of-God approach to encourage Muslims—not to change their religious identity, but to become better Muslims by following the Messiah more fully.

2015 Workshops

Missions: Bridge Building with Muslims: An Alternative to Fear-Mongers and Pacifists

3/6/2015

When it comes to Muslims too often we “Christianize” instead of evangelize; therefore our message is not received as good news. Are you willing to do the hard work to remove the plank from your eye before you try to remove the speck from a Muslim’s eye? Our plank could represent blind spots from our saturation in the freedom-guilt worldview. How well do you understand your own worldview? Do you presume it is biblical? Some Christians are quick to find fault with the Muslim’s honor-shame perspective without realizing that our own Bible was framed in that worldview. Learn about Kingdom-of-God movements throughout the Muslim world and how to cooperate with the New Thing that God is doing, both globally and locally.

2013 Workshops

Missions: Is It Counterproductive to Convert Muslims?

3/8/2013

Was Jesus trying to convert Jews to Christianity? Did He ever even use the work "Christian?" Is it possible for those in the Abrahamic traditions (Jews, Muslims, and Christians) to become fully-devoted followers of Jesus without changing their religious identity? Does the Kingdom of God transcend religion and Culture?

Missions: What Evangelicals Can Learn From Muslims

3/9/2013

Understand the honor-shame worldview of most Muslims in order to better examine our Western freedom-guilt culture and avoid the clashes that can result from mutual ignorance. Learn how to build bridges with moderate Muslims and identify and honor the persons of peace.


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2011 Workshops

Evangelism & Outreach: What Evangelicals Can Learn From Muslims

3/4/2011

Understand the honor-shame worldview of most Muslims in order to better examine our Western freedom-guilt culture and avoid the clashes that can result from mutual ignorance. Learn how to build bridges with moderate Muslims and identify and honor the persons of peace (Luke 10: 5,6).

Evangelism & Outreach: Myth: Only Liberals Do Interfaith Programs with Muslims

3/4/2011

Introduce and explain the unique "Islam & Christianity" brochure, a cultivated tool of evangelical communication refined through interaction with Muslims. The brochure is also available in Spanish and as a PowerPoint presentation in English.

Evangelism & Outreach: A Christian Response to Current Issues Concerning Muslims

3/5/2011

Ground Zero mosque, demographics showing inevitable Muslim dominance, rioting in France, etc. How can we sort through all the alarmist messages we receive about Muslims? How do we discern truth using a Kingdom of God perspective and respond as Jesus wants?