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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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Christian Grey Belongs in Jail, Not in Your Bedroom

By Crystal Renaud

I wasn’t going to write a blog post about the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie because literally (and that “literally” is not exaggerated) everyone else has and we’ve already discussed the craze here and here. However, after actually viewing the trailers and seeing the hype from the media, I can’t get the following thought out of my mind:

“Christian Grey belongs in jail. Not in your bedroom.”

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Okay, so JAIL may be putting it strongly, but I don’t think I am too far off.

Perhaps it is because I was once the young, mousey girl taken advantage of by an older, stronger man, but the appeal of Christian Grey is totally lost on me...

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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!

CHRISTIAN GREY BELONGS IN JAIL, NOT IN YOUR BEDROOMbookandfilm

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

Emily Rose MasseyPsalm 40

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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How to Access WHOLE Women’s Conference!

WHOLE Women’s Conference is Here!

Join us from wherever you are for WHOLE Women’s Conference ONLINE kicking off on TONIGHT (9/6) and continuing all day TOMORROW (9/7)!

Friday, September 6, 7pm CDT — Pre-Conference Girls Night featuring Anne Marie Miller (formerly Anne Jackson) and worship with Audrey Assad.

Saturday, September 7, 10am CDT — WHOLE Women’s Conference featuring Annie Lobert, Dannah Gresh, Lisa Whittle, Crystal Renaud and more. 14 presenters. 8 hours. Online and Free!

Not in the US? Don’t forget we have a special airing for our friends overseas. Join us on Saturday, September 14 from 10-6pm BST. Same content. Same place. Just a little later!

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WHOLE Women’s Conference is coming. Here’s everything you need to know:

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