Tuesday, January 08, 2013

2013 - The year of reading Bonhoeffer

Last year I read volumes 4 (Discipleship) and 5 (Life together and The prayerbook of the Bible) of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works in English (DBWE) series.

These have left a lasting impression on me, and I plan to come back to them soon. But even more impressive than his writing is the life of this man. So this year, I plan to read the entire and newly complete series, starting (of course) with DBWE1 – Sanctorum Communio: a theological study of the sociology of the church, which was Bonhoeffer's doctoral thesis and quite possibly the best work of Protestant ecclesiology.

If all goes well – and it should show on my blog if it does – perhaps next year may be the year of reading Balthasar or even Barth.

Monday, January 07, 2013

New eyes

Proust said that: "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."

So, tonight instead of dreaming of doing adventurous things in far away places with exotic friends and strangers, Anita and I accepted a kind invitation and went with some new friends from my work to the 20-twenty cricket match. Definitely something my eyes had not seen before.

Living the everyday, the quotidien, with wide-eyed wonder is certainly much harder than being open to new places, people and experiences on holidays. Nonetheless, the real value of the latter is in enabling the former.