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A Conference for Northern California Churches
March 5-7, 2020
Hosted at Redwood Chapel
19300 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA

Bruce Green

Bridge Building Consultant

Bridge Building with Muslims

Los Altos, CA

(510) 828-4561

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 Workshop

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

3/7/2020 11:15 - 12:30 p.m. Room: N15

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.

Workshop Handouts: 2020 Worldviews handout (pdf)