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.

Does church keep Jesus on lockdown?

  Has church given up on the idea of people “meeting together” and personally “encouraging one another”, in exchange for people “passively sitting through a formal meeting”? “Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, … Continue reading

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“Bride(zilla)”–A Radical Diagnosis Without Bold Answers

The Bride(zilla) of Christ — what a bold and radical assessment of church by authors Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin. Here are some of their observations about church as it is usually done in the Western world: “One of my most … Continue reading

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More than a Sunday soliloquy?

Everybody has a gift of insight when Christ-followers meet. Why do we silence them? “In the multitude of counselors there is safety.” Prov. 11:14 (Perhaps we need to let all the members share when we gather as the body of Christ.) … Continue reading

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Humility & equality in church services . . .

 

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Miraculous grief comfort in a Christ-led support group

God supernaturally used The Salvation Army Berry Street (a Christ-led support group or ekklesia) to comfort me as my dad was dying on Sunday, November 20, this year. Here’s how it happened. Our worship leader asked if anyone would like … Continue reading

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Why do churches hide the Light?

Why do churches hide the Light of Christ that is burning inside of everyday Christ-followers? In a world filled with darkness, why do we train Christians to hide their Light, by teaching them to be completely silent and listen to … Continue reading

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R U M T N-side (empty inside)

M T N-side? Check this out.

Posted in big name speakers, Christ, depression, discouragement, encouragement, fame, fill up, filled with the Spirit, God shaped vaccum, heart, heart care, heart of worship, heart religion, heart-felt, human heart, inner healing, inspiration, inspirational, loneliness, motivation, Spirit-filled, the door of your heart, Uncategorized, uplifting | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment