About me

I think this is me, and my daughter Hazel-Lore as a baby, drinking ice-tea in an Indonesian rikshaw. (Photo taken in Kalmthout, Belgium though)

who am I? You might call me Brambonius, like some people do (mostly online) but my real name is Bram, and I’m from Belgium, a very secular post-catholic little kingdom by the sea in Europe.  My religious background is more pentecostal/evangelical, with a interest in all other branches of Christianity, and even more… I’m part of a vineyard Church. I also like to explore all kinds of other cultures and worldviews.

I’m born around the time when John Lennon died, and I’m married and living in Antwerp, in the second-biggest city of Belgium. I like weird music, cooking with wild plants, and meeting people… My blog in Dutch can be found here, and I also have a bilingual blog about plants and gardening called Hortus Brambonii.

If my English is not perfect, forgive me and keep in mind that I’m not a native speaker.



22 responses to “About me

  1. Hey Bram,
    I found your blog though a comment you posted on Andrew Jones’ blog. I’m an American living in Belgium working with a mission organization. I’d love to get together some time to talk about what God is doing in your part of the country if you’re ever interested. Email me and maybe we can get together some time. Thanks.


  2. Your English is very good; what it conveys, even better.

    May I link to this site in my blogroll, please?

  3. …bouncing in from Andrew Jones’ blog, so I thought I’d say a quick “hi!”


  4. Bram: You write incredibly well in English. Thanks for your latest blog on Dan Brennan’s book. It too was written eloquently and to the point. It is a wake up call. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Greetings from the United States!

    It’s very refreshing to see other Christians working in the Western culture to be a witness. Your English is great. Can’t wait to read more!

  6. The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought IT SUCKED!

    ***edit: name and URL edited by redaction…

  7. So nice to meet you, Bram! My background is anabaptist too, and I happen to have grown up in Europe also, in a tiny Austrian village where my parents worked in a small evangelical church. I’ve been in Canada 24 years now, but I miss Europe a lot.

    I just spotted “deep church” in your links. I appreciate Jim Belcher’s work too, and I’m so glad to meet like-minded believers because it’s rare that I come in contact with Christians who’ve even heard of that book.

    Anyway, I can’t tell you how happy I am to come across your blog and to meet a fellow European evangelical believer (from the continent, I mean; from what I hear, things are quite different in England). Do you write about world news, social change, or events in the EU? It isn’t often that I get to hear news from a European & Christian perspective, so I look forward to exploring your blog and reading future posts!

    • I plan on writing about world news and describing politics from a belgian view in the future, but I didn’t write much about that until now.

  8. Zilvinas Juraska

    Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

    • so off topic I don’t see how it can be spam, but I deleted the link in case nonetheless.

      But thanks for the crab story.

  9. I loved Bruges when I went to Belguim! All of you there seem to be able to speak about 7 languages well. Astonishing. Oh, my, and the chocolate. I feel weak just speaking of it. Blessing to you.

  10. Got here from a comment you left on Karen Zach’s Gaga blog…your English is fantastic, and I like what I see. I’m following you on Twitter now. 🙂

  11. I went to a Vineyard church for a while. Its not perfect, but of all the evangelical churches I’ve been apart of, it is my favorite.

    • Hi Lana, thanks for reading here…
      No church is perfect, and vineyard churches can be quite different. I’ve been reading your blog and I find your journey out of fundamentalism very interesting, I hope to find time to read more of it later.
      (and I hope my comment about buddhism makes sense…)

  12. Just read your 7 May blog and find much in common with you. I have been to Brussels and Bruge and want to go back again some day. I have not been to Antwerp yet. If we ever do I will try to contact you. Thanks again for the good blog post.

  13. Hey man, I would really like a chance to talk with you sometime if you’re willing.

  14. Peter Karlsson

    I’d like to direct link to the cartoon about sound doctrine above, but I now suspect I need permission from you to do this for a Swedish Site.



  15. Hi! I’m Gabriela and I am Mexican. I found your blog while looking for the meaning of “Prayer in C”. I read some of your posts and the “about me” part ️️and you remind me a book that I just finished. It’s called “The signature of all things” by Elizabeth Gilbert. She’ the one who wrote Eat, prey, love though personally I didn’t like it, but “The signature of all things” was great.
    There you will find an English/Dutch eiman as the principal character who is a great thinker ️and knows a lot about plants. The plot has also a spiritual ️and “magical” part. It also made me think about my beliefs in God. I think you’ll like it.
    Sorry for my english, I tryed to do my best.

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