On Fashion Revolution Day

By Megan Westra / April 24, 2015 / 0 Comments

Do our purchasing habits communicate the love of Christ to the world? Because elsewhere in Scripture we are told that whatever we do should be done for God’s glory. Last time I checked, that means everything.

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To The Third and Fourth Generation

By Megan Westra / December 12, 2014 / 1 Comment

(My heart just hurts. And I don’t have the right words.  Sometimes I don’t have any words. I don’t have the right language, a proper understanding, and as rocked to the core as I feel I know I still don’t fully get it.)   Trayvon Martin. Mike Brown. Tamir Rice. Eric Garner. So many other…

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When the Church Loves Bad Theology

By Megan Westra / October 4, 2014 / 2 Comments

I had the privilege last week to attend the Christian Community Development Association’s (CCDA) annual National Conference.  I was encouraged in fellowship with 3000-some other CCD practitioners from around the world, and challenged by the pastors, leaders, politicians and world-changers who shared from the platform during the plenaries. I always look forward to CCDA’s National…

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You're good.

By Megan Westra / September 12, 2014 / 1 Comment

I’m keenly aware of my own propensity to self-destruction.

I forget, easily and frequently that I am a beloved person, made in the image of God to lovingly display who God is to those around me.

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Don't call it a comeback

By Megan Westra / September 5, 2014 / 2 Comments

I’ve been here for years, and all summer.  Things I am good at: – Overestimating how much I can accomplish in any given amount of time. – Drinking coffee. – Freaking out about not being about to accomplish all the said things, referenced above.  Things I am not so good at: – Pacing myself. – Planning to take days off/breaks/periods…

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Justice in Education for All

By Megan Westra / April 29, 2014 / 0 Comments

Evangelical Christians often champion the ‘sanctity of life.’ This phrase typically refers only to abortion. Many Evangelicals argue that a culture that allows legal abortion does not truly value human life. While many Evangelicals have fought against abortion for decades, we have yet to see a movement that expands the idea of ‘sanctity of life’…

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Riding in on a donkey

By Megan Westra / April 15, 2014 / 1 Comment

“It just all seems so…divided.” The descant rolls on and on from so many of my friends and peers; believers from all walks of life. The words are paced with shocking consistency. They are set to a meter like a metronome, the rise and fall undifferentiated. And it’s true, I can’t remember a time in…

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#Justice: A Peek into Urban Violence w/ Megan Westra

By Megan Westra / March 12, 2014 / 0 Comments

“Do you feel safe?” Well, not always. I’m getting used to it now. The wide eyes and once-in-awhile gaping mouth. “Where do you live?” I live in the inner city. On purpose. And I have no plans of leaving. I have been robbed five times. I have witnessed a drug deal while sitting on my front…

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That Time I Gave Away Half of My Clothes (and other ideas on how to practice simplicity during Lent)

By Megan Westra / March 11, 2014 / 3 Comments

It was over a year ago now (but it seems like just last week) when I noticed it.  Piles everywhere. Clean clothes, dirty clothes, outfits tried on and off and discarded for a more preferable option before leaving for a morning meeting. Piles and piles and piles. And at once, I was over it. Enough…

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Owned (A Lenten Meditation on Excess and Simplicity)

By Megan Westra / March 10, 2014 / 1 Comment

I’ve found myself altogether discontent lately. Maybe it’s just that I’m tired of wearing snow boots and my sub-zero parka every day. Maybe it’s just that the sunlight never seems to come bright enough, for long enough. Maybe it’s that as I pound out miles on the treadmill, unattainable images of which to measure beauty…

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