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.

For a holy high–walk in the light!

To walk in the light is to be honest, real, and vulnerable. It is to take off our masks; to come out of hiding, and to let people see what’s really going on in our hearts. It is to open … Continue reading

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Christ-follower = minister = priest (priesthood of the believer quotes)

“Let everyone, therefore, who knows himself to be a Christian be assured of this, that we are all equally priests.” –Martin Luther “We must reveal God’s name to each other and proclaim the name of God to our brothers–not in … Continue reading

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Painting, proclaiming, spiritual gifts, testimonies, and revival!

When the members of the body of Christ are allowed to openly use their gifts, they inspire me. Here’s an example: –Fred Major lets us hang his original painting at The Salvation Army Berry Street. I look at it frequently and … Continue reading

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“Everyone’s always trying to leave Jesus out, which is one reason we’re in the mess we’re in.” –War Room

The new movie, War Room, makes a bold, powerful statement: “Everyone’s always trying to leave Jesus out, which is one reason we’re in the mess we’re in.” Do we leave Jesus out of our worship meetings? When we script, plan, and … Continue reading

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Lecture or loving interaction? (Sermon or heart-felt sharing?)

What works? Lecture or loving interaction? –1-man lecture doesn’t work as the foundation for support groups. Neither can effective family gatherings be built on the same man always doing all the talking. –So why do we tie church meetings so … Continue reading

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Andreas Karlstadt (Luther’s Organic Church/Ekklesia Guy)

Before Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses and nailed them to the door of the Catholic Church in Wittenburg, Germany; Andreas Karlstadt (1480-1541) had written 151 Theses and delivered them to the Pope in Rome. When the Protestant Reformation began, Karlstadt and … Continue reading

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“Dones” or “Beyonds”?

Meet the Beyonds —The Dones are people who have given up on church and dropped out. –The Beyonds are people who realize that biblically church is supposed to be so much more than what we have made it. Beyonds want to move beyond … Continue reading

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