Circling back to Submission

By Megan Westra / July 24, 2018 /

In college there were many parts of the Bible I loved and drew life from. The prophet Micah’s admonition to “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God” became something of a motto (my roommate even made t-shirts). The stories about the early church in the book of Acts, accompanied by the re-imagining of…

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By Megan Westra / June 13, 2018 /

I grew up imagining a life in which one day I would finally hit my stride. I would land the job. Buy the house. Marry the person. Have the child. And the rest would all be enjoyment and bliss and the greatest frustrations would arise when someone forgot to press “start” on the dishwasher at…

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A Love Letter to Millennials

By Megan Westra / April 18, 2018 /

Dear Millennial, You are feared above all else (at least until the next generation has more purchasing power), and are more mysterious to the previous generations than the ocean floor. You have no time bullshit, and all the time for beauty. Apparently, that’s a problem. I know, I am frustrated, too. You were raised not…

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None of this went as planned

By Megan Westra / March 30, 2018 /

We have turned our eyes to carefully track the steps of Jesus all week. We watched as the crowd cheered and gawked at his ironic, and somehow still triumphant entrance in to the city. The crowd shouted “Hosanna! Save us!” and we too, echo their cry in our own ways every day, “Jesus, save us…”…

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By Megan Westra / January 29, 2018 /

When my daughter was born, I used to wrap her tightly to my body using a long strip of fabric. Wearing her helped me get things done throughout the day – whether household or work outside the home. I would wear her while doing laundry. I would wear her while washing dishes. I would wear…

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About That Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Quote You Posted Today…

By Megan Westra / January 15, 2018 /

“You don’t have to agree with everything someone says to agree with anything someone says” is wise advice. (Thanks, [De]constructionists.) However, when we are reading someone who is challenging to our assumptions and world view, or with whom we will disagree, it is also important to not make their work do something they never intended…

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About Evangelicals…

By Megan Westra / December 22, 2017 /

People have a lot to say these days about the Christian faith, specifically the iteration of Christianity labeled “evangelical.” What does it mean to be evangelical? Should people continue to use the term because of historical or theological significance? Has the current political climate rendered the term void? The takes are countless. I want to…

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By Megan Westra / August 17, 2017 /

** In the wake of the marches on Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11th and 12th I have decided to write about my journey (still in progress) of divesting myself of whiteness, and some of the things I’ve learned along the way. Before getting in to discussions explicitly pertaining to race, I believe it will be…

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The Story

By Megan Westra / August 3, 2017 /

One of the most sure-fire ways to get under my skin is to cop a grandiose (and often far-reaching) “Well, the Bible clearly says…” in the middle of a conversation about the intersection of faith and policy and our shared life together as humans flying through space on a living rock. There’s not much about…

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Brother Thomas

By Megan Westra / April 21, 2017 /

“Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.”                                                                                  …

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