Author Archives: Steve Simms

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.

What I Learned From Corrie Ten Boom, Dennis Bennett, David du Plessis, Chuck Smith, Kathryn Kuhlman, Jack Hayford, and Walter Martin

In the mid 1970s I attended Melodyland School of Theology in Southern California for a year.  While there I was blessed to be taught by many powerful men and women of God. Here are 7 powerful lessons that I learned … Continue reading

Posted in California, Calvary Chapel, Catholic charismatic movement, Catholicism, Christian history, Chuck Smith, church history, contemporary Christian music, Corrie Ten Boom, David du Plessis, Dennis Bennett, Episcopal church, Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit flow, Holy Spirit promptings, Jack Hayford, Jesus Movement, Kathryn Kuhlman, Kingdom of the Cults, Los Angeles, Melodyland School of Theology, pentecostal experience, pentecostals, Pentecostialism, Roman Catholic, Rome, Shrine Auditorium, South Africa, Southern California, speaking in tongues, The Church on the Way, Van Nuys, Walter Martin, World War II | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

TN Commissioner of Agriculture, Cotton Ivy, at a Pentecostal Church

Cotton Ivy was the Commissioner of Agriculture for the state of Tennessee from 1989-1995.  The building in the picture is named after him:  the L.H. “Cotton” Ivy Laboratory at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Once when I was a … Continue reading

Posted in baptism, Bible, Bible quotes, bruise Satan under your feet, Commissioner of Agriculture, devil, Kennett, L.H. Cotton Ivy, Missouri, Nashville, Pentecostal church, pentecostal experience, Pentecostal worship, pentecostals, Pentecostialism, run with the bulls, the God of peace, University of Tennessee Martin, water baptism | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Billy Graham Statue With The Blood & Fire Spiritual Warfare Flag

Here’s a picture of the Billy Graham statue in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, holding the Blood & Fire Battle Flag (The Salvation Army Flag).  The red represents the blood of Jesus, the yellow stands for the fire of the Holy Spirit, … Continue reading

Posted in Jesus Christ, Quotes, prayer, Jesus, spiritual formation, spiritual warfare, Christ, Tennessee, quote, cross, Blood and Fire, evangelistic meetings, evangelism, blood of Jesus, fire of the Holy Spirit, spiritual fire, spiritual battle, blood and fire battle flag, spirit fire, TV evangelists, quotation, Salvation Army Nashville, Salvation Army Flag, prayer walking with The Salvation Army Flag, evangelist | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Is it possible that there are much more effective ways for the church to preach and teach than one-man, weekly lecturing or sermonizing?

Posted in church sermons, interactive, interactive church, interactive learning, interactive sermons, lecture, lecture series, motivational sermons, nontraditional preaching, public speaking, pulpit ministry, Q&A, sermon, sermon-free, sermon-hearing, sermons, spectators, speech making, speeches | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Why I Want To Quench The Spirit

I want to quench the Spirit (even though the Bible says “quench not the Spirit“) because: 1)  The Spirit tells me to do inconvenient things that I don’t want to do and/or that are out of my comfort zone.  (For … Continue reading

Posted in Christian values, commandments, ethics, faith-based, filled with the Spirit, flow of the Spirit, flowing of the Holy Spirit, forgiveness, hearing God, hearing the Holy Spirit, Heaven's agenda, Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit promptings, lifestyles, listening, listening to God, listening to the Spirit, meaning, moral principles, moral restraints, morality, obedience, pray for your enemy, prayer, praying, praying in the Spirit, Quench not the Spirit, quench the Spirit, quenching the Spirit, sins, Spirit-filled, Spirit-led, Spirit-prompted, spiritual, spiritual warfare, spirituality | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Leaf Blower Church

Leaf Blower Church Here’s my view of a church meeting: We are all leaves who want to line up in nice, neat rows, And appoint a Pastor Leaf to preach to us. However, God wants to blow on each of … Continue reading

Posted in 1 Corinthians 14:26, open church, open forum, open mic, open mike, open sharing, participants, participation, participation in church, participatory church, participatory culture, participatory sermons, preacher, preaching, prompted by the Spirit, prompting of the Spirit, sharing, sharing Christ, simple church, Spirit's flow, Spirit-filled, Spirit-led, Spirit-led church, Spirit-led interaction, Spirit-prompted, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Question/Answer About Participatory/Organic Church (from a Salvation Army officer)

Question:  I recently received this question from Bronwyn Barkmever, a Salvation Army officer in Australia on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NashvilleBerryStreet): “We are embarking upon an adventure of ‘out of the box’ worship and want to take this opportunity to explore different … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Canada, heart, heart-felt, lay testimonies, laying on hands, participation, participation in church, participatory church, pastor, Q&A, questions, questions and answers, quotation, Quotations, quote, Quotes, salvation, simple church, Speak Lord, speak the truth in love, testimonies, testimonies in church, testimony, Toronto, Whatever He says to you | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When we have a conversation with a friend or family member, we don’t want every word to be scripted. We want a two-way conversation that is spontaneous and from the heart. Why should church be any different?

Posted in open church, open forum, open mic, open mike, open sharing, participatory church, simple church, Spirit-led church, Spirit-prompted, unprogrammed church | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Victory Shouts, The Salvation Army, & Spiritual Tsunami

“Shout unto God with the voice of triumph.”  –Psalm 47:1 I have studied spiritual awakening and revival history for more than 40 years.  I have passionately been trying to discover what makes Christianity break out of the religious status quo … Continue reading

Posted in great awakening, Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit flow, Jericho, Joshua, move of God, movement, outpouring of the Spirit, Salvation Army church, Salvation Army Corps, Salvation Army Nashville, Salvation Army officer, Salvationism, Salvationists, shout it from the housetops, shout unto God, shouting in church, Spirit-prompted, spiritual adventure, spiritual awakening, spiritual experiences, spiritual fire, spiritual flow, spiritual hunger, spiritual innovation, spiritual movement, spiritual prompting, Young Sung Kim | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

East Nashville Fire, Spiritual Fire, & Buffalo Statues

A fire started at this site in 1916 that left 3,000 people in East Nashville homeless. Every time I am by here I pray that God will send His supernatural fire to East Nashville and so impact the lives of … Continue reading

Posted in history, prayer walking, East Nashville, movement, McFerrin Park, revival, spiritual awakening, move of God, Blood and Fire, Salvation Army church, praying, praying community, spiritual fire, Nashville tourist attractions, Nashville streets, Nashville charity, Nashville adventure, Nashville events, battle flag, renewal, Nashville church, Nashville news, prayers, Nashville times, salvation war, Salvation Army Flag, prayer walking with The Salvation Army Flag, Tsunami Of The Spirit, buffalo statues, East Nashville Fire, homelessness | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment