Tuesday, December 25, 2018


by A Lump of Clay

Yep, it’s that time of the year again, when you would usually notice that yours truly begins developing a strange allergy. An allergy exacerbated by the jingling of sleighbells in a land with no snow. A jingling that leads to inevitable discomfort. Discomfort over impending festivities. Festivities that, were it not for the endless bounty of free cookies, tidbits, muruku, sweets and bubbly, would have me climbing the wall in frustration. Frustration from fruitlessly searching the pages of Holy Scriptures (“christmas” just refuses to come up in any concordance, dang!) for some hint of any mysterious celebration on the 25th of December, that would explain the mysterious origins of all the mysterious brouhaha surrounding this mysterious date. 

But then it came upon me on one very silent night this December. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017


by Sam J Christopher

So 1 country (that’s one, O-N-E) – albeit a strange one, helmed by an even stranger president - decides to move its embassy. And suddenly the whole world erupts in self-righteous anger! Big deal. I mean, just ONE solitary embassy, in a city not exactly the most developed available, agitates the whole globe? You gotta be kidding me! What’s the fuss all about?

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NEWSFLASH November 2017

by A Lump of Clay

NEWSFLASH November 2017:
”A man driving a Home Depot rental truck, mowed down pedestrians and cyclists in
New York today, leaving eight people dead. The bodies were later covered in white sheets.The man, an immigrant of Middle-Eastern origin was shot several times by the police. He was later apprehended while shouting ‘Allahu akhbar’. A pellet gun and a paintball gun were recovered from the scene.”

Wait a minute,

We can’t mention “Middle-Eastern origin”; that’s racial profiling.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

NABEEL QURESHI – A Christ-like Christian

by Sam J Christopher

Christ-like in his love, for his lost fellow men
Faithful all the way, even to his painful end.
Believing amidst extreme circumstances
Paying little heed to predicted chances
Till his final breath, the good fight he fought
Never flinching, in word, deed and thought
Ever passionate about his Saviour Jesus
Never too busy for anyone who quizzes
His wisdom and faith belied his age
Whether he was on or off the stage
A huge loss to Ravi’s RZIM
A big gain for Christ’s eternal heaven
“Thanks everyone. I’ll talk to you again, I’m sure”
Words, his family and friends will always treasure.
Won’t be long now, we’ll hear him say, “Hi there, again!”
When with Jesus, in the clouds, we’ll see that smile yet again.

Friday, August 25, 2017


by Sam J Christopher

Recently went to a "church" on the top floor of a 6-storey business complex located in prime real estate in the city. Could hear the kick-drum thundering right through to the ground floor. When I entered the heavy doors of the 2,000-seater hall, I was immediately blasted by a solid wall of 120dB yells.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


by Sam J Christopher

If I say I have love for you in my heart and then proceed to revoke that love because of the hurt you caused me, what kind of "love" is that? At best, it is just a fleeting romance. It certainly cannot be the kind of love that was described to the Corinthians.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


by Sam J Christopher

Of late, the annual parade of glitzy award presentations seem to have become predictable and off-puttingly boring. Those were the days when the ratio of real actors really acting, to stunt doubles, was an interesting 1:1. But with the advent of camera tricks, digital enhancement, 4D computer graphics, karaoke and the ubiquitous selfie, there's nothing much to look forward to anymore, really. What now really grips the “live-telecast” world is not "What's coming out next?", but rather, "Who's coming out next?"

Thursday, October 20, 2016


by A Lump of Clay

Pravda headlines carry shocking statement from the Russian President: “I’ve had enough of the flies in Syria!” The usually stoic Russian President has reportedly ordered immediate deployment of S-500 missiles to the roadside eateries of Aleppo to establish a much needed no-fly zone there. He also warned his generals of stern action if batteries are not included like the last time. Meanwhile, considering the global downturn in economy, the generals are reported to be in a deadlock over which weapon would be more cost-effective in Syria – S-500 or Samsung 7? A decision is expected before winter. UN Secretary General refused comment saying, "I've a plane to catch."

Monday, September 12, 2016


by A Lump Of Clay

The human being is one of the few creatures on this planet that is endowed (whether by an Intelligent Designer or by mindless evolution) with an amazing contraption at the end of the limb. No, I don’t mean the i-phone, silly. The prehensile HAND. For those who are not overly fascinated by Darwinian evolution, “prehensile” translates as “having the ability to grasp things”. This by no means implies that those who are unable to grasp the immense wisdom in this piece of holiday drivel, are in any way fallen behind in Darwinian development in the higher faculties. (We can take it up slooooowly another day).

The hand consists of 1 unpigmented palm, on which are attached 5 flexible digits. Together they are simply amazing in construction and utility. But as I observe the debris of life, as it floats by my un-tinted window, each of the digits that occupy the palm of the human hand are not without its own controversy. Since I am quite accustomed to controversy, let me list them out.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


by a Lump of Clay

Pheeew! I don’t know, but apparently it’s the equinox. What does that have to do with a country sitting smack at the equator? Beats me. But I’m told the heat has gone up to 39*C in some parts of this equatorial paradise where I live. And is expected to go even higher. (Probably in tandem with the local political temperature? I don’t know. Not really into politics. Too hot to handle). I don’t know about the *C, but I can tell you this. It has been blooming hot lately, that’s for sure.

The authorities assure me they are desperately trying to do something about it. I’m sure they are. After all they ARE the authorities, right?

Friday, March 18, 2016


by Sam J Christopher

"Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?" (Jer 13:23)

Well, thousands of years have passed since these rhetorical words were uttered. Today, both these "impossibilities" are actually possible, thanks to quantum leaps in the field of genetics in the last hundred years, that remained unavailable in the days of the prophet.. 

But be that as it may, the point of that rhetoric must not be lost in the ever-changing science-driven knowledge landscape.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AN OLD HYMN (as sung by some "christians" these days)

Sam J Christopher

My hope is built on my witness
Not Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust His sweetest Name,
So also lean on my own name.

On Christ, the part-time Rock, I stand;
All my own ground can help me stand.
All my own ground can help me stand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on my own strength and faith;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within my sail.

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Is not enough in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
My self-effort will be my stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, in my strength may I be found;
Dressed in my righteousness alone,
My trumpet loud before the throne.


You see, I have been pondering on some discussion relating to God's salvation plan. Some Christians hold that God's salvation plan comes in 2 separate parts - where God does His part and man does his part, in order for that salvation to be materialize effectively – like a glue plus hardener. I don't subscribe to that.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


a Facebook post by Rolley Haggard


58,000,000 babies have been aborted in America since January 22, 1973. Few of us have any idea how many “anythings” fifty-eight million is. Here's something I did that might help us all to grasp the enormity of that number.

Thursday, June 11, 2015


by Sam J Christopher

How often have you heard that? Whatever the issue, and whatever your personal persuasions, this is one ubiquitous advice you would have most certainly heard more than once in your life. “JUST TAKE THE GOOD AND LEAVE THE BAD.” And there seems to be no short supply of self-appointed personal and public advisers, to ensure that you don’t walk down life’s road without hearing repeated mouthfuls of this adage. It's as if this is the "golden rule" no.2 - handed down by the gods themselves. And it also is a handy tool to abruptly pull the rug from under the feet of a healthy challenge or even an earnest query. Its popularity is mostly because it provides the ideal instant smokescreen for someone who has just been caught with his pants down (...errr ...not literally of course.....), to coolly walk away without having to provide a rational justification for his claims or actions. This then leaves the other party no other choice but to raise their eyebrows, throw up their hands into the air and move on to contemplating more profound things, like ....hmmmm... did that Jenner feller really cut it off, or just flat-pack it?
But does it really end there?

Thursday, November 6, 2014


by Sam J Christopher

I am just a wayfaring stranger
Just passing through this 1-Malaysia
I don't plan to be here for much longer
For I am heading to the land beyond the river
And there settle with my Jesus, forever and ever

Thursday, August 21, 2014


by Sam J Christopher

"Life is all about your choices,
 with free-will to ride your own horses” 

That old song was blaring over the speakers as I had a whale of a time. In the cesspool. The cesspool here is the perfect choice for a fun-house paradise. Lazing in the slime, wallowing in the filth, tasting the stinky goo, as waves of frothy pleasure massage me all over. Spoilt for choice! What else could I want in life? A life of the free-will enterprise.

Monday, October 14, 2013

How much is the Lord's prayer worth?

excerpt from the book, Extreme Devotion

Six men and one widow were taken before the court for committing an extreme crime against the Church of England. They had taught their children the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments in the English language.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


 by Sam J Christopher

So another "Mothers’ Day" has come and gone
One day we served her breakfast in bed
so Mom could enjoy the sunrise
One day we minded the children/grandchildren
so Mom could finish her favourite embroidery

Friday, February 1, 2013


by Nicola Menzie , Christian Post Reporter



Genelle Guzman-McMillan insists that it is not fear that keeps her from returning to Manhattan's ground zero. The Port Authority employee, now also an author, says that it is the ordeal of reliving how two hijacked planes 10 years ago sent the World Trade Center crumbling, burying her co-workers and herself beneath piles of rubble. As Guzman-McMillan lay buried alive for nearly 30 hours, the screams she heard in the darkness around her soon faded away. She was alone, she thought, and could think of only one thing to do – cry out to God.

Sunday, December 2, 2012


by S J Christopher

Dear Theophilus,

Hope this letter finds you in perfect peace, by the enduring grace of the Only True God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It’s that time of the year again Theo, when all over the world, people calling themselves “christians”,  join hands with Roman Catholics and the rest of the non-christian world, to indulge in the most expensive, hectic, flamboyant “christian” celebration of the year.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


by John Piper

Are apps a threat to God-focus? Yes. But it works both ways. Fight fire with fire.
If you are reading your Bible on your computer or your smartphone or your iPad, the presence of the email app and the news apps and the Facebook app threaten every moment to drag your attention away from the word of God.

Monday, February 6, 2012


 by Chip Brogden

Click here for A modern prayer?? 

Foreword by Sam J Christopher:
With all the 24-hr prayers, all-night prayers, chain prayers, prayer runs,  fasting-and-prayer, 21-day prayers etc being excitedly organized in my church, I was collecting my thoughts to pen a few lines on prayer. Then, I came across the following article that just took the words right out of my  mouth. So here goes…..

 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites… but when you pray, enter into your closet and pray in secret… and when you pray, do not use vain repetitions… after this manner therefore, pray… (Matthew 6:5-9).”

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


by late Rev  Larry Thomas

One of the growing crazes in the church today is the phenomenon of being "slain in the spirit." It is something that needs to be discussed because of its continued growth in the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements. This occurrence is so closely connected with the "laughing revival" it is becoming quite commonplace.
Before I get into the actual discussion of this experience, I want to clarify a few things.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


by Sam J Christopher

Recently, a stray cat had a litter of five kittens behind my house (in that place where I store all sorts of wonderful stuff that “may come in handy one fine day”). A few days later, I discovered that they had all moved out, except for this one grey-striped kitten. I left it alone thinking that its mommy would soon be back to carry it off when the coast was clear.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


by Sam J Christopher

 Tabla, mirdangam, veena, sitar……… Sigh! Gone are those glory days when I used to drool over melodious keerthanai sung in sweet Indian classical style to the accompaniment of intricate Indian classical percussion - offerings worthy of presenting to the Almighty Himself!

As much as my heart goes thaka-thina-thom at the mention of those long-gone days, I tend to shy away from opportunities that come knocking once in a while.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Henry Francis Lyte
1793 to 1847
Henry Francis Lyte was born in Scotland on June 1, 1793. He was educated at Trinity College, of Dublin, Ireland, and was a member of the Church of England all his life. His health was always threatened by asthma and tuberculosis. Despite his bad health he was a tireless worker with the established reputation as a poet, musician and minister.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


 A Ministry of : www.biblestudycharts.com

Horatio Gates Spafford
Born: October 20, 1828, North Troy, New York.
Died: October 16, 1888, Jerusalem, Israel, of malaria.
This hymn was written by a Chicago lawyer, Horatio G. Spafford. You might think to write a worship song titled, 'It is well with my soul', you would indeed have to be a rich, successful Chicago lawyer. But the words, "When sorrows like sea billows roll ... It is well with my soul”, were not written during the happiest period of Spafford's life. On the contrary, they came from a man who had suffered almost unimaginable personal tragedy.

Friday, February 25, 2011


Ed Stetzer

 Back in August I sat down with Mike Harland, Director for Lifeway Worship, to talk through the issues of relevance and reverence in the gathered church's worship. Because I love the church, and hate it when we get distracted from what matters most to God, I decided to share more of my thoughts here on the blog concerning the perennial war over worship.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


source unknown


 World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Butch O'Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific.

One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011


by Sam J Christopher

Maybe it’s the unique triangular shape of the altar in my church, but I still can’t get over 2nd May 2010. That was the watershed Sunday when I had the misfortune of witnessing ordained clergymen in full uniform, jovially performing a blasphemous ritual of taking the Name of the Almighty God in vain, (with the symbols of the precious Blood and Flesh of His Annointed One just a few feet away).

Sunday, December 19, 2010


by A Lump of Clay

A funny thing happened the other day. I was at the mamak stall having a relaxing chat with some friends. I needed that before going on the compulsory annual stress-test called Christmas shopping. As usual, (when I am lured into a conversation and teh-tarik lebih manis is within reach), the topic veered, like a car badly in need of alignment, towards the subject of the Supreme Being. As the banter rolled across the various definitions, forms and formulae of the various entities that are touted to be “god”, it eventually morphed into the inevitable “feverish debate” stage.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


by Sam J Christopher

I happened to catch an interesting piece of “trivia” on our TV3 prime-time news recently. Goes something like this:
 It seems one Joslyn James held a press conference to protest the use of her image on novelty golf balls. She argued that the balls would encourage violence against women.

Friday, October 22, 2010


Lillian Kwon

Dr. Michael Brown (left) believes Christians have already lost the battle when it comes to public opinion on homosexuality and gender identity issues.
Pro-gay books are being read in elementary school classrooms, teachers are being mandated to use gender neutral language, gay activists have been welcomed in the White House, and young evangelicals see no problem with same-sex marriage.


by David Wilkerson

One of the fastest ways to lose friends is to go all the way with God. Once you become serious about spiritual matters, forsaking all your idols, taking your eyes off the things of this world, turning to Jesus with all your heart and hungering for more of Him---you suddenly become "a religious fanatic." And soon you'll experience the worst rejection of your lifetime.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A TALE OF 2 PRINCES – Final Part

by A Lump Of Clay

Chapter 9 – The Final Showdown

Meanwhile, back in the city, Bright Star was in hysterics at the scene of the open tomb. He was mad as hell at the cowardly city troops who had all run away without putting up a fight against the Palace Guard. He was furious that his plans to finish off the heir to the King’s Throne had fizzled out in such humiliation. Not only that, it had backfired on him.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


by SGIME(Sand Gets In My Eyes)

My son attends my alma mater back in the States, a Christian, liberal arts college in a large and diverse urban center. It's a great - if somewhat socially left - school which lays down a fabulous foundation for accurate and critical thinking as well as what I call terminal curiosity. That more than anything, has prompted some interesting conversations between my son and I - and not a few opportunities for life lessons - like the one we had the other day.


by G. D. Watson

If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 16:24-25

If God has called you to be truly like Jesus in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility. He will put on you such demands of obedience that you will not be allowed to follow other Christians. In many ways, He seems to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


by A Lump Of Clay

Chapter 7 – The King makes his move

Shocked silence enveloped the Great Palace like a steel tomb, allowing the heart-rending cry of Beloved Son to echo endlessly within the walls of the once joyous Palace. 3 days ago, when the first desperate message from Beloved Son was delivered to the Throne room, the entire 72,000-strong Palace Guard had stood in full battle gear, swords drawn, horses chafing at the bit, waiting with bated breath for the word “GO” from their King. But no such command rang out from the Throne.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


by Ron Block
Self-effort comes from a particular mindset — the thinking of fallen man, which really springs from the lie of Eden. “I am a self, by myself, for myself. I must take care of myself; I must do good and avoid evil; I must strive for self-improvement and self-actualization.”


by Sam J Christopher

The liver fluke is a tiny flat worm that commonly infects cattle. In the 50’s, one Wendell Krull discovered the very amazing lifestyle of this tiny parasite. It merrily lives in the liver of cattle where it dates, mates and lays eggs. The poor cow gets sick with liver disease and eventually dies. But before it dies, the fluke eggs pass through the cattle’s system and exits along with its faeces. Guess what happens next?

Friday, August 20, 2010


by A Lump Of Clay

Chapter 5 – The Mission Begins

As soon as Beloved Son entered the city, exhausted and hungry from the 40-day, lonesome journey from the Glorious Palace, Bright Star tracked him down and sidled up to him.
“Look here. I know who you are and why you are here. You don’t need to go to all this trouble just to win over a few of these wretched fellows for your kingdom. I already have a kingdom here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


by Desert Rose

During the Raya holidays, I caught an interesting documentary on television. Two months before Princess Diana’s untimely death, she’d given permission for her gowns to be auctioned off and the proceeds given to charity. Each garment had been finely crafted and richly embellished - fit for royalty. The outfits sold for between USD 20K and USD 200k and followed their new owners to various parts of the world.

Monday, August 9, 2010


by A Lump Of Clay

2010 was barely into its second month, when a close friend suddenly took ill – strangely ill. She had hysterics, suffered amnesia, spoke different languages to different people at different times, developed hair loss and threw tantrums that nearly gave her father a heart-attack. She even changed her looks – from golden brown to shiny white!

Thursday, August 5, 2010


by Desert Rose 
Another word I think that's worth reclaiming is 'WORSHIP'. Today worship is used to refer to the time of singing we have in our service. We ask, "Where do you worship?" or "Did you enjoy the time of worship?"

Interestingly, the first time we encounter the word worship in the Bible is in Genesis 22