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The Black & White of Fifty Shades of Grey

Author: Crystal Renaud

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many women will flock to their local theater to see Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the widely popular film and erotic book series Fifty Shades of Grey. There is a significant irony about linking a holiday about love and romance with a film that glorifies the use of BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism, masochism) through manipulation and coercion in a relationship.

While the Fifty Shades of Grey series is often categorized as a romance, it actually normalizes a very serious issue in today’s culture: sexual violence against women. Just like in mainstream pornography, the Fifty Shades of Grey series perpetuates the sexual exploitation of women.

The National Center of Sexual Exploitation states, “The popular series promotes torture as ...

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*UPDATED* Your Kid is Watching Porn: A Word of Warning for Parents That’s Worth Sharing

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By Crystal Renaud

I am not a parent. I am not even married. But if you’re familiar with my story, then it is no surprise that I was once a kid who encountered porn and became a porn-addicted teen. For me, it all began when I was just 10 years old.

This image is me at the age of 10… just a few months after the discovery of a pornographic magazine in my brother’s bathroom which catapulted me into an 8-year addiction to porn and other sexual behaviors. I show it to you so that you can see with your own eyes, what 10 years old really looks like. I think in today’s culture of kids growing up too fast, we forget how young this really is.

20 years later we know that pornography has only become more mainstream, easier to find… and to hide...

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Top Posts of 2014

We had a great year of ministry, including some pretty hard-hitting blog posts. Here are our top posts of 2014 as based on readership, shares, and buzz… and leave a comment to share with us what you would like for us to talk about in 2015!

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This was by far our most controversial and most talked about post of 2014 (and ever). In this post, Crystal Renaud discusses the Fifty Shades of Grey craze, specifically what is means about our culture today. This is not a “we hate all porn in all its forms because we’re Christian” kind of post. It is a very honest conversation with all of the women, specifically the Christian women, who believe this book (and upcoming film) is fun, exciting, riveting, and good for the bedroom.

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Guest Post: From the Pit to the Pulpit by Emily Rose Massey

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For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.

“You are NEVER too far gone for God to use you!” I want to shout from the rooftops almost on a daily basis.

As someone who has experienced the radical love and grace of my Heavenly Father, I want to break the lie over others that they have seriously disappointed God because they have lived less than a holy standard...

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So I watched “Magic Mike”

You remember all that hype surrounding the movie “Magic Mike” a while back?? Well, I watched it. And I have to say it was a complete waste of my time. At the time of the movie’s release several Christian leaders posted their thoughts on the movie and I was (and still am) in complete agreement with their views.

But the other night, I was bored & exhausted after a LONG week at work. I began browsing through Amazon’s rentals & saw “Magic Mike.” I wasn’t immediately drawn to it, but in all honestly I was truly curious about all the fuss that was made. My decision to watch the movie was out of pure curiosity and nothing more. I wasn’t excited to ogle at the muscular male bodies and I sure as heck wasn’t looking for a way to get turned on.

So watch the movie I did… and it was HORRIBLE.

The ac...

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WHOLE Women Ministries — NEW WEBSITE!

It’s Official! WHOLE Women Ministries…

“Daughter, your faith has made you WHOLE…” Mark 5:34

Healing. Restoring. Equipping.

God is in the business of healing & restoring women and equipping them for their kingdom purpose. And that, through Him, is what WHOLE Women Ministries exists to do as well. Our projects so far include Dirty Girls Ministries and WHOLE Women’s Conference.

Check out the official WHOLE Women Ministries website, HERE.

* Limited Edition WHOLE T-Shirts, specially made for WHOLE Women’s Conference 2012, are on sale now. Available in sizes S, M, L and XL while supplies last. Get yoursHERE.

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