Saturday, September 12, 2009

Off to Belgium

I'm just about to head off for my first trip to Belgium at the historic University of Louvain. Bit scary since I don't speak any French apart from "toilet", "Gerard Depardieu", and "coup de grace". Although a German butcher once told me that I speak German with a dutch accent which might help at some strange point! So I'm off to hang with some Pauline gurus, exchange pleasantries with Mark Nanos over 1 Cor 9.20-23, and buy some Belgian chocolates which will hopefully make their way home for the rest of the family.

7 comments:

James F. McGrath said...

I've been there once, and learned an important lesson: you shouldn't speak French there even if you can! They're Flemish and proud of it.

Know any Dutch/Flemish?

Michael F. Bird said...

I thought only the Welsch spoke Flemish. Ask for directions in Cardiff and you get covered in phlegm with the answer. Incidentally, I just copy a copy copy of your book on monotheism.

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Rob Davis said...

Mike, I've been thinking about that passage in 1 Corinthians off and on for a couple of years now. I've had a hard time finding many who agree with my take on it, but it seems to me that Paul is not talking about "cultural accommodation" toward non-Christians, but rather about unity within the church. Do you know anyone else who holds to a similar view on 1 Cor. 9?

Raffi Shahinian said...

Never been.

Can you bring me back some Trappist Westvleteren 12?

wouter said...

I'm afraid you're not only wrong on the language, but also on the university. The proper link is www.kuleuven.be
(you linked to the French-speaking 'sister'-university)

CeceB said...

I just wanted to alert your readers to a prayer movement that’s been going on for the past dozen years or so led by the French ministry Objectif France. For the past three years, the campaign Pray for France (in English) has been translating their 21-day prayer guide with current prayer topics for each day. Pray for France allows English speakers to pray alongside their French brothers and sisters during the three weeks before Easter and it’s FREE for those who visit the website www.PrayforFrance.org and register… All the information is on the site…!