The Worst Religious Advice I Was Ever Given

The worst religious advice I was ever given came when I was a student at Memphis Theological Seminary.  A professor in a preaching class said:  “You need to spend one hour of study for every minute you preach.”

Since then I’ve heard this repeated several times.  Unfortunately many preachers believe it and do it.  They sit in their office and read religious academics for hours per week while the moral foundations of our society implode around us.

Unfortunately, studying and lecturing about religious academics have little power to change human lives.  People need spiritual transformation, much more than religious information.  A heady message prepared in a mind may sometimes reach a mind, but a message burning in the heart will consistently ignite other hearts.  Changed lives come from a shared spiritual spark, not from an academic art.

Western civilization needs a contemporary Jesus epidemic (a Christdemic).  We’ve had numerous Christdemics in our history (check out this link:, and we desperately need one again.

Life transforming intimacy with the living, resurrected Jesus Christ (Christimacy) is caught, not taught.  It’s not spread by intellectual sermons, but through direct exposure to the fire of God burning in human hearts.  Like the flu, you don’t catch spiritual awakening by hearing talks about it, but by being around it.

Catch hope!  People are catching fire for Christ at The Salvation Army Berry Street in Nashville.  Rather than passive listening to sermons, everyday people are excitedly showing and telling what God has done.  Come catch the spark — Sundays at 10:45 am., 225 Berry Street, Nashville, Tennessee, 37207.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. 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 co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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4 Responses to The Worst Religious Advice I Was Ever Given

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  2. David says:

    excellent Steve!! I’m with you man

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