Thinking Naughty Thoughts by Johan van der Merwe
The author challenges the traditional understanding of the church. His approach is clearly postmodern. He questions every segment and aspect of the church. Mr. van der Merwe is interested more in questions and responses than monologue and answers. He believes that true Christian change is not confined to church tradition.
In seven chapters, the author raises questions about belonging to a local church, observing the Lord’s Supper, church leadership structures, tithing, preaching, worship, and the church building.
The author states he does not judge or condemn those who see things differently that he does. Instead, he hopes people will allow him (and others) to face the difficult questions about church that need to be asked. He is typical of the postmodern generation, many of whom do not want to condemn nor be condemned. They want the freedom explore, discover, and define their own spiritual path, their own church tradition, without constraints.The book (which feels like a self-published work) is an example of how these new generations who are entering the church think. They are not interested in being forced into a tradition. It would be wise to listen to their input. The tendency for most churches is to resist their resistance and implore (force even) these new younger people to accept the status quo. Instead of adapting to the church culture, these younger people are leaving the church. The church needs these younger people, even if what we think they say are like thinking “naughty thoughts.”
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