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Truth Challenge: Our Changing World and the Great Commission – Forcing Change Release Note

November 16, 2012

I realize that this release note, announcing the latest edition of Forcing Change, is overdue regarding being placed on the FC blog (although the Forcing Change E-Alert and Members list received notification).

The reason for this is simple: My energy has been focused elsewhere – a sick family member, other writing assignments, and preparation for a conference tomorrow (the Westman Bible Conference). So my Facebook, blog site, and emails have not been given much attention lately.

Nonetheless, here’s the Release Note for the latest edition of Forcing Change


The congregational leader met me at the door of the campus facility. “We’re meeting in another room,” he said matter-of-factly. “We found out this morning that our regular room is being used for something else.”

The location was Canadian Mennonite University, and I was to speak to a church group that rented the CMU conference room. The topic of my presentation: Truth Challenge? Our Changing World and the Great Commission. It was a presentation that walks the audience through the spiritual condition of the Western world – the rise of unbelief, the growth of non-Christian religions, and the rapid decline of Christianity and sound doctrine as a response to the globally-accelerated, politically correct, times we find ourselves in.

And then the crunch: The church group had been moved because the space was need for… a Sunday morning yoga class. Yes, Hinduism (for that is what Yoga is), trumped a Christian congregation in a Mennonite college.

It couldn’t get more ironic.

This issue of Forcing Change delves into the new reality of the Western world’s spiritual condition, and challenges us to be “salt and light” to three “Great Commission” recipient groups: 1) Non-believers, 2) Non-Christian religious believers, 3) and the most troubling group – Christendom.

Loaded with country-wide and regional statistics, relevant Scripture passages and cultural hints and tips, this edition of Forcing Change demonstrates how the rubber-meets-the-road as it relates to our global “marketplace of ideas.”

It’s a practical and challenging message.

But there’s more: Now that we rub shoulders with people from every philosophy and religion, it’s not unusual to encounter symbols that are unknown to us. Forcing Change wants to help you with that. On page 16 you’ll find an illustrated guide to common (and some uncommon) religious and philosophical symbols. The practicality of this is straightforward: When you see someone in your workplace, on the bus, or in a shop wearing a particular symbol or emblem, you can use this handy guide as a reference to discover which faith or philosophy is being represented.

Go to and download your copy of Forcing Change today!

P.S. If you’re not a member of Forcing Change, don’t delay! Sign up today and download every issue released over the past six years – it’s an incredible library of essays and articles covering topics as diverse as global currencies, world federalism, the politics of interfaithism, the role of education as a change agent, and so much more.


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