What Does “Rejoice In The Lord” Mean?

Not long ago, an acquaintance asked me how I was doing. She knows my husband and I are facing a number of serious trials. I was having a hard day, and told her so. My words hung in the air for a moment. She rushed to fill the uncomfortable silence with a Bible verse encouraging [Read More…]

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Since coming to faith in Christ at the tail end of the Jesus Movement, Michelle Van Loon’s heritage, spiritual hunger and storyteller’s sensibilities have shaped her faith journey and informed her writing. She is a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s popular Her.meneutics blog, and is the author of If Only: Letting Go Of Regret (Beacon Hill Press). She has pieces in four recent devotional projects and has authored two books on the parables of Jesus. She’s been a church communications director, served on staff at Trinity International University, and currently serves as a consultant for a handful of small faith-based non-profits. She’s currently enrolled part-time at Northern Seminary. She’s married to Bill, and is mother to three and grandmother to two. Her writing focuses on issues of the church and spiritual formation. She blogs at