After a two week recording hiatus, the gang is back together, and Amy starts everything off with a harrowing story of survival and triumph of the human spirit at a female pastor’s retreat.

Our guest this week is the very funny Stephanie Drury who blogs at Stuff Christian Culture Likes and also runs @FakeDriscoll on Twitter. We had a number of things to discuss, from Christian men who want women to dress more modestly to why Mark Driscoll is legitimately dangerous to the documentary Holy Rollers, which features Stephanie’s husband and a Christian blackjack crew.

We’re pleased to introduce a new feature: Amy’s Fear o’ the Week. (Spoiler alert: it’s bees.) In the Echo Chamber, we run through a host of topics: the similarities between narrative in pornography and Christian art; Portland’s role as the least Christian city in the United States; more wedding cake makers who refuse to provide cakes for gay couples; and whether or not high school cheerleaders should be able to plaster Bible verses all over those really elaborate banners cheerleaders always make. The last point turns into a discussion of free speech and the separation of church and state.

In the final act, I talk a bit about my new blog, The Burnsider, and Amy has a story about seeing Stevie Wonder on her plane.



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Thank you, guys, for the most fun I've had in quite some time. And that is high praise from an atheist. I usually avoid religious discussions because...Boring... But I've kept visiting your site (Christina Piatt) for a few months and I've been drawn to (um) - dare I say it? - a certain "irreverence". And yet this blogcast was heavy on the faith side. The depth of your analysis of certain stances and the behavior of opportunistic clergy; the damage done to young women by putting the "power" to control HIS behavior in her hands while she is truly clueless; the scripture-laden banners that morph into quasi-birthday cakes when an athlete crashes through and the discussion of whose rights are more important and what constitutes "display"and how "sharing" is prostituted" but called a "teachable motive". Just. WOW!

To say nothing of your bawdy laughter...

I have Early-Warning-Radar and know when I'm being proselytized. Your show never sank to that level. For that, I give extra thanks and plan to listen again.

And, as an aside: my husband and I are finalizing our big move from Tennessee to Salem, Oregon in three weeks. I'm so excited, I can hardly think.

Keep up the good work. Your kind of Christianity is refreshing and rational, and should be allowed to replace all the faux-kind.

Norma Cartwright