The Twitter version: MS Southern Baptist Ancient Medieval Biblical History Patristics Buff listens to Classical & Movie Music reading too many books btween movies and tv series.

The olde longe version:

The blog name refers neither to a snot-like substance nor a Hungarian delicacy, but rather the town I’ve spent much of my life in.

The site itself is going to reflect my fluttering butterfly nature. It will be primarily biblioblogging, but I am also interested in many other things, like movies, music, books, and–gasp!– politics.

My politics are somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun, so there’s the politics for you. Hope it holds you for a year or two.

I stay up late but I don’t sleep around, I wear my sunglasses night and day because I have transitioning glasses, and I try to obey the rule of threes. Thus I am either a Trinitarian or from Mars.

Oh yes, I am one of those weird people who watch DVDs with the commentaries on first viewing. In fact, I often rate DVDs by the commentaries rather than the actual film.

Is that enough useless trivia for you? Serves you right for reading past the first bad joke. There are a lot more where those came from. Fair warning.

Education: B.S. in History from University of Southern Mississippi

Religious Affliation: Southern Baptist of the Calvinist kind

Interests: Biblical history, Biblical textual criticism, history, Patristics

Favorite Movies:Hammer horror films, Asian cinema, Silent cinema, Action/Thrillers, Horror for the funniest commentaries

Favorite TV: Classic Doctor Who, Most incarnations of Star Trek, Farscape, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet (Derek Meddings’ Old School model work fascinates me.) More recently: The Unit, Life, and Burn Notice

Favorite Music:Classical especially solo string works, Film Scores

Favorite Books:

NET/NA27 New Testament diglot,
Extracanonical Sayings of Jesus,
Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations 3rd Edition,
Text of the Earliest New Testament Manuscripts

29 thoughts on “About

  1. Mozart string quartets are my favourite. The Amadeus String Quartet in particular. And not to forget his divertimenti. Of course I could eat Elgar’s cello concerto for breakfast lunch and dinner and often sleep to it. One day, when I fix my broken cello, I’ll learn to play better – like Jacqueline…

  2. I have an outrageously large collection of Romantic violin concerti. And I listen to a lot of transposed Bach. The solo violin sonatas and partitas are still good on viola and cello, and the cello suites good on double bass and viola da gamba. And there are a number of good Bach cello suites on viola, too.

  3. Jason,

    I assume you mean “favorite ongoing series” since you clearly ID’ed “Seinfeld” as your favorite show. I’m a good season behind on “Burn Notice” since I wait and buy the DVDs. I enjoy a bit of silliness myself, so I was pleased to discover TNT’s “Leverage”, which at least in the first season was routinely silly.

    Speaking of silly and being behind, I’m just now watching Stephen Chow’s “Royal Tramp” films, which I bought ages ago. “Makes no sense” films they indeed are, and not just because the conedy is often aimed at Cantonese speakers!

    • You are correct–Seinfeld is my favorite of all time, while Burn Notice is my favorite current (along with Monk and Psych). I’ve heard of Leverage, but not Royal Tramp. Just curious (as I’ve read you’re an SBCer)–where do you serve?

  4. Jason,

    “Royal Tramp I and II” are Hong Kong films made by comedian Stephen Chow, best known stateside as the creator of “Shaolin Soccer” and “Kung Fu Hustle”.

    I attend First Baptist Church Pascagoula, MS. This blog is my only church service, if you call it that.

  5. Chuck,
    Are you THE Chuck Grantham that used to sit next to me in Jr High (that’s what we called it back then). You used to write Star Trek episodes in your spare time. You even let me read a few of them although I don’t think you really believed that I was really interestedl. I often think of you and wonder whatever became of you. You existed on a much higher intelectual plane than I and it is only now that I look back and smile at your dry humor!

  6. ‘Goula caught my eye because I’m from Moss Point originally(Class of 1966).I’m a church educator in a large (4,000) Presbyterian church in Nashville, TN. A lady in my church is vehemently anti-Trinitarian; she has written The Tyranny of the Trinity, by Ms. P.R.Lackey. Maybe you will eventually see it and review it. She is simpatico with the Anthony Buzzard group of Biblical unitarians. I appreciate your Trinity defenses; am enjoying reading and learning from your columns.

  7. Hi Chuck,
    Just saw your comment on TCR’s blog and found that you were a fellow Mississippian. I’ve preached down at 21st St. Baptist in Pascagoula several times, thought it has been about ten years since I was last there.
    I’m adding your blog to my RSS reader.

  8. Hi Chuck! Wow the Lord is amazing, isn’t he? I was searching for some information on Phil 2:12-30 for our Sunday School class. I ran smack into your website and I thought, could this be the same Chuck I went to school with? Yes!

    You need to go to http://www.pascagoula81.com and register – there is a 30 year reunion this year in September. I have not been to one yet, but hope to come to this one. Hope to see ya there! All the best, Dawn

  9. Y’know, I searched and searched for years and got nothing. Today a mutual friend said you were blogging and I find 20 guys named Chuck Grantham, and you. Long has it been since the road parted us and we went our separate ways. I see your mind has not been idle. Oddly, I never figured you as that religious. Drop me a line sometime.

  10. Hi Chuck,

    My brother Mike (Prestridge) told me about your blog. Interesting stuff! God bless you in your service to Him.

    Joe Prestridge
    Gulf Breeze, FL

    • Dennis MacDonald cetainly thinks Homer influenced the Gospel of Mark (and everything else in ancient lit, apparently). I am not qualified to make a judgment, but my gut instinct is mimesis (ancient copying/imitation) is both easy to over- infer and does not necesarily destroy the historicity or truthfulness of the New Testament. Paul’s letters, for example, are not less “gospel” for being full of ancient rhetorical devices.

  11. Thoughts on Bart Ehrman? I am not a fan of his “intellectual” dishonesty. I have read a few of his books and his attempts at debunking the Bible as a credible source have failed. LIkewise, how about the Marcus Borgs of the “scholarly” world? What do you think of the Jesus Seminar? Are these guys serious?

    • Jesus Seminar: It’s hard to take guys voting on scholarship with colored beads seriously. It had a large element of publicity seeking behind it.

      I haven’t read any Borg in ages, so I can’t comment.

      Ehrman is fine as long as he sticks to his main area of expertise. Unfortunately for him, most people run screaming from textual criticism, which forces him to go afield, where he gets into trouble.

  12. Hi, Chuck!

    I hope this finds you well.

    I love your blog!

    My wife and I run a small Christian site as well. In fact, we recently created some really beautiful bible verse pictures. (If I do say so myself 🙂

    I know how tough it can be to find good images for blog posts, so I wanted to pay it forward and let you know that you can feel free to use them on your blog posts if you ever need a good picture…

    You can find them here: http://www.prayers-for-special-help.com/bible-verse-pictures.html

    Feel free to create your own collection, or just use them individually on blog posts… We’d love it if you cited us as the source, but that is totally up to you.

    But yeah… thanks for doing what you do! Also, let me know if you’d like another bible verse made into a picture. We’ll be making some more, and we can make a specific one if you need it for a post.

    And if you do end up using one, let me know and I’ll share your article on our facebook page (56,000 fans)…

    Blessings to you. And make sure to pay it forward!

    Serving Him,
    Michael B
    Prayers for Special Help

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