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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's very interested in theology and culture.

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

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

She has a book forthcoming from Brazos Press on the topic of how God uses suffering to form us. She blogs at: http://marlenagraves.com

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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.

Role Reversal: The Problem of the Increasing Marginalization of Men

Men and women should find balance, not switch dominance.

Getting to the Root of Female Masturbation

And the surprising role the church can play in helping women curb addiction to it.

Adderall Arrives at Christian Colleges

Are well-meaning evangelical faculty and administration in part to blame?

How to Avoid Marrying the Wrong Christian

Why "he's a really great, godly guy" is not enough.
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