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Michelle Van Loon

Michelle Van Loon

Michelle Van Loon is the author If Only: Letting Go Of Regret (Beacon Hill Press, 2014) and two books about the parables of Christ. She's contributed to four recent devotional projects including the Hope In The Mourning Bible (Zondervan). 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 http://www.patheos.com/blogs/pilgrimsroadtrip/.

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Confessions of a Media-Protective Parent

What I’ve learned from trying to keep my kids safe—but not too safe.

Put Down the Church Attendance Scorecard

Shame and peer pressure don’t lead to healthy discipleship.

We Don’t Age Out of Our Sexuality

Balancing love, desire, and the demands of midlife.

The Blessing of Missing Christmas

In my Jewish home, my lonely celebrations as a teen changed how I view the holiday.

Fear of Missing Out Isn't Just a Season

FOMO is real, and it takes on a new dimension at midlife.

Long Way from Home: The Housing Crisis Lingers On

The painful effects of foreclosure and short sale stay with us.

Sex, Drugs, and Getting Old

The cost of turning to prescriptions promising to keep us young.

Faithful Compassion Over Gut Reaction

From anti-Semitism to Boko Haram: How faith, not emotions, sustains our attention to tragedy.

Parented by Grandparents

The challenges of caretaking in middle age present new opportunities for outreach.

Holiday Traditions, Under Construction

Why our shifting families and evolving rituals can still be cause for celebration.

The History We’d Prefer to Forget

Why we pass on pain to the next generation.

To Have and to Hold, In Hardship and Unhappiness

Having faith in marriage, for the long haul.

The Church Deserves Better than Ugly Decorations

Neither Granny’s castoffs nor HGTV trends belong in church buildings.

Faith Unsettled

Pushing beyond the easy-believism of evangelicalism.

Tied Up in Our Own Preferences

How fear, not prayer, led us to choose sterilization… and regret it.

Aged Out of Church

Even in our congregations, midlife has become a joke.

Raised in a Christian Cult

‘Girl at the End of the World’ adds to an important line of ex-fundamentalist survivor stories.

The Unfortunate Art of Female Self-Sabotage

How women inadvertently undermine their own success.

God Doesn't Want Christian Clones

Are you following God or following someone else who’s following God?

The Transformative Heart of 'What Not To Wear'

The long-running TLC series is much more than a makeover show.
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