Author Archives: Steve Simms

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 @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP

“Sit & be told?” or “Go & be bold?”

The living experience of Christ is far more amazing than anything anyone can say about Him. To really understand the Gospel it must be more than preached. It must be personally experienced and lived. People learn what they do. To really learn … Continue reading

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Ireland declares prenatal human life to be disposable

Ireland has joined most other Western nations in making prenatal human life legally disposable. Irish activist, Cora Sherlock, put it this way: “What repealing or replacing the 8th Amendment would actually involve, if voted through, is stripping unborn babies of … Continue reading

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What are the essential beliefs for Christianity?

When Christians begin to think about and discuss unity, the question of doctrine always comes up. How do we overcome doctrinal disagreement? Augustine, a Christian brother who lived in the fourth century, answered that question this way: “In essentials, unity; … Continue reading

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Church can be like a full 747 sitting on the tarmac with no fuel

Having church without the active leading of the Spirit is like sitting on the tarmac in a full 747 with no fuel. A plane full of people won’t go anywhere without fuel. Neither will a church without the supernatural working of … Continue reading

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Ekklesia, like a support group, helped me heal

(I first wrote this for ONE Body Life’s blog @ this link.) Too many people feel like Alejandro Jodorowsky, a Chilean-French filmmaker. He said: “I am not a normal person. I am living in a normal body, but my mind … Continue reading

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Fresh insights on royalty

A British Royal Wedding is a huge, world-wide event. But what is royalty really? Could you be a royal — born to royal ancestry? Royal–a king or queen or a member of their family. “For those who are led by … Continue reading

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The Story Of “Blest Be The Tie That Binds”

In 1765, John and Mary Fawcett went to minister in Wainsgate, a rural English community, described as: “farmers and shepherds, poor as Job’s turkey; an uncouth lot whose speech one could hardly understand, unable to read or write; most of … Continue reading

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