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Marlena Graves

Marlena Graves

Marlena contemplates, writes, and speaks about the eternal implications of our life in God. She is a lover of beauty and a justice-seeker. She is the author of A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness(June 2014, Brazos Press).

She is married to her best friend, Shawn. He's a philosopher. Together they have three little girls, Iliana, Valentina, and Isabella. It's a playful house.

Marlena received her M.Div. from Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York. She is also a proud member of the Redbud Writers Guild. She blogs at marlenagraves.com

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Blogging Truth to Power

Why we listen to watchdogs and whistleblowers (from two of us who have been there)

Remembering the Gospel with Alzheimer’s

Christian psychologist: ‘God has a way to reach them’

Shared Savior, Split Traditions

Why I try to be generous to Christians who see some important things differently.

God’s Grace Through the Pain of Pregnancy

Nine months can feel like a long, dark valley.

More Guns, More Shootings?

As a Christian, I worry about an increasingly armed America.

The Poor Shall Inherit the Boards

Calling for more economic diversity in church leadership.

Why MLK Still Matters

Evangelicals share how the civil rights leader continues to inspire them as Christians.

We're Not 'Too Fat' for Pictures

On being remembered for how we loved, not how much we weighed.

Things Broke People Do

We're not the only ones responsible for our financial state.

Raising Christian Kids in a Sex-Filled Culture

We can’t isolate our kids from sin, but we can teach them to recognize it and learn from it.

Moving Pains: The Disorientating Grief of Transitions

Tips for finding community when you still feel like a stranger.

Desperate for Their MRS. Degrees

Pressure to put a ring on it can distract from other pursuits and callings.

The Good, the Bad, and the Terrorist

Searching for an explanation for evil.

The Westboro Baptist in All of Us

Granddaughters who left offer a cautionary tale for zealots.

'He's Just Not a Spiritual Leader,' and Other Christian Dating Myths

I've seen otherwise strong couples fall apart because the woman held an unfair spiritual standard for the man.

Will Neighbor Love Persist after Hurricane Sandy?

It shouldn't take a natural disaster to get us to remember the people next door.

What Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

It's as if pregnant women walk around wearing sandwich boards that read, "Touch me. Say whatever you want. No, really."

Prodigal Children: If It Can Happen to John Piper, It Can Happen to You

There's nothing we fallible parents can do to ensure our kids will keep the faith.

The Trayvon Martin Case: A Moment for Evangelical Reflection

The tragedy underscores how far white churches have come on race relations—and how much farther we have to go.

Owning Redemptive Grief after the Ohio School Shooting

Instead of speculating on why T.J. Lane killed three of his classmates, we are better off asking how to grieve the tragedy rightly.
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