Hi!  My name is Ronda and I am a recovering fundamentalist. It’s been four years since I’ve posted anything on my blog. During this time, my spiritual journey has taken me places I never thought I’d go. To say the least, it has been a transformational four years.  I’ve lived through the deepest sadness and heartbreak I’ve ever experienced, and at the same time, have tasted God’s love and redemption in ways I never could have imagined. I have seen the death of lifelong dreams, and the birth of many new ones.

While I still hold Scripture in high esteem and subscribe to its inerrancy, applying it to life is much more complicated than I previously thought. As a former ‘Fundy’, I was quick to reference Bible verses as the end all to every situation. I’ve since learned that life is not that simple. Life is messy. Life is hard. Life is complicated. There are no quick fixes and there are no easy answers.

About the time I left my blog, I felt God speaking to me loud and clear. My season of writing Bible studies, teaching at conferences, and speaking at retreats was over.  It was as if God was telling me to put away my PowerPoint Presentations, complete with fill-in-the-blank handouts, and hang up my pretty presentation clothes. It was time to stop speaking and start doing. It was time to roll up my sleeves and get dirty. It was time to start hanging out with the people who I believe Jesus would hang out with if He were here today: the poor and the homeless, the poorly educated, addicts and prostitutes, and other people groups that I intentionally stayed away from, including the LGBT community.

I had gotten to the point where I had more questions than answers. As I searched for answers, the only one I received was to love as Jesus did. Instead of being judgmental and condemning, God was showing me that loving people was what He required of me. Compassion for people, regardless of their situation, would go a whole lot further than criticism. As a Fundy, I only walked in Truth. Now I try to walk in the tension between Truth and Grace. Everyday, I struggle to do it right.

I’ve titled this new series on my blog Doing Love. I’m excited to share my experiences of loving others and the difference it has made in my life. I’ve discovered that when I’m loving and serving others in real life situations, I feel hope that lets me know nothing is impossible with God.

As you read these stories and share in my journey, I pray that God will speak to your heart about loving others better and that you will experience the joy that comes from doing love.   It really can be quite thrilling!

*photo credit: Refocused Photography