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Two Bearded Preachers

Listen as Justin Larkin and Martin Bender talk about everything without researching anything! We discuss life, ministry, and family from a uniquely Christian perspective without getting all preachy. Like the Two Bearded Preachers facebook page and follow us on Instagram @twobeardedpreachers.
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May 22, 2018

Justin gets slapped on the butt. Martin disagrees about Dr. Troll. And the fellas have a very special announcement about the podcast. Little hint... They're just getting started. 

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May 15, 2018

Breaking up is always hard to do. Justin gets a new painter. Martin bust on cowboy church. And both question Doug's decision to wear chaps, and only chaps, to church on Sunday. Nothing but the best for the bearded nation. 

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May 8, 2018

In the latest episode Justin shares every detail about his eye Surgery. Martin apparently sounds young to a listener. And both answer an important question about the Christian and medical marijuana.

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May 1, 2018

While Justin recovered last week and Martin was too busy, this weeks "Podcast Gold" consisted of material not used from the last podcast they recorded. The truth is, even the material they cut is good enough for a new episode. Unfortunately not everyone shares that opinion. Make sure you listen to the end. 

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Apr 25, 2018
Martin W. Bender
 
A friend of mine asked me to read Powerful and Free: Confronting the Glass Ceiling for Women in the Church by Danny Silk. He was excited about the book, saying it would be impactful for me. I borrowed it and read it, mostly because I will likely want to place a book in his hand someday, but also because I’ve not read much on gender roles in the church written from the egalitarian position. I should have read another book.
 
I should warn everyone that I’m a complementarian when it comes to gender roles. I hold this position both within the church and the family, and to a lesser extent, society at large. My wife jokes that I’m a He-man Woman Hater like Spanky, Alfalfa, and Buckwheat. I don’t think that’s true but I’m sure some will label me seriously as such because I hold to a traditional view of gender differences. Silk’s book hasn’t changed my mind. In fact, it has solidified me more in the complementarian perspective.
 
Powerful and Free is by no means a scholarly treatment of the subject. It is an emotional appeal based on the experiences and opinions of the author. There is one chapter dealing with Paul’s writing about the role of women in the church and in the family. The author demonstrates a lack of consistency how he handles the English text as well as a laughable interaction with the original Greek. His argument is that because Paul says there is neither “male nor female” that all gender roles, even those he writes about, are null. Silk fails to interact with his primary text within its context and to tie it in with his other arguments. He handles Paul’s words with care like that of a chimpanzee driving a semi-truck.
 
I recognized when I started the book that the author was a Bethel devotee. I was not surprised that much of the work spoke of anointing and power and other such language rooted in that movement. It did surprise me that such high regard was given to a “word” received while the biblical text was treated in so shallow a fashion. Here is where I find my greatest difference with the author. When someone claims to have received divine revelation outside of the Scriptures, and in this case counter to it, I will err on the side of the text rather than some feller’s inwardly received word. Silk seems to go the other way.
 
Another issue I have with the book is its description of power. Power is always described in terms of authority and influence - usually in an institutional setting. This seems to be a rather masculine understanding. While the author does make clear the distinction between masculinity and femininity he fails to describe feminine power. In fairness, he comes close in chapter 7 while talking about Proverbs 31 but misses the opportunity and instead provides testimonials about women being empowered by their husbands to take leadership roles in business and the church. A biblical description of feminine power would be more helpful than examples of women in ministry positions.
 
At several points in the book, Silk comes close to espousing a complementarian position. This is because he recognizes the clear distinction between male in female both in the text as well as in his own experience. Despite this, he fails to see that an equal standing before God in Christ with regard to judgment is not the same thing as an equal standing in positions of authority in the church or family. He lacks a biblical anthropology and ecclesiology. As a result, seems to be influenced by secular, feminist views.
 
Never in Powerful and Free is there a reasonable description of those holding the complementarian view. He fails to interact with anyone holding the opposing position. I realize that a popular level book is not expected to deal extensively with the alternative view but gross mischaracterization, a charitable description of the author’s tone, is inappropriate. Silk should read Piper and Grudem’s Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood to better understand the position he opposes.
 
I would also like to point out that making a comparison between the way biblical gender roles have been abused to the institution of slavery is dishonest. It is disrespectful to those harmed by slavery and misogyny.
 
Powerful but Free misses the mark in furthering the discussion in the complementarian/egalitarian debate in any meaningful way. It may serve as a starting point for those interested in the subject, but it fails to support the author’s position or level serious criticism to his opposition. I'd skip it.
 
 
Apr 24, 2018

104 episodes later and the boys just keep getting better. The "Real Man American" is upset with Justin, he only made things worse. Martin has a friend claiming to be the male version of Storm from the X-men. And they get a shocking first time caller. All that and more.

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Apr 17, 2018

It's a fact, there are only one Martin and one Justin that you know. All others have to change their names. Martin has a leftover of drugs from his surgery. Justin is woefully unqualified. And the boys get a surprise phone call. Make sure you share the podcast give us a 5 star review on your favorite podcast platform. 

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Apr 6, 2018

This is the Post-Easter podcast! Strange things happen during Easter services. Martin makes Justin nervous about his upcoming surgery. And the fellas get a phone call from an old friend asking for help. Make sure you share the podcast and make sure you give up a 5 star review on your favorite podcast platform. 

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Mar 24, 2018

The boys are back at it. Both talk about when they realized they were middle aged. Martin wants the organ to hit the preacher notes for him. Justin bans the tambourine from the worship band. All of this is known as Podcast Gold when the Two Bearded Preachers talk about it. Don't forget to leave a 5 star review on your favorite listening platform. 

P.S. Martin gets choked out in a very awkward position. 

Mar 16, 2018

Despite the rumors, Martin and Justin are not dead...yet. Instead they are back to their old ways bring you what you want, podcast gold. A lot has happened in their absence. Justin is now a professional streamer. Martins mom has an iPad Mini. They both weigh the option of starting an EDM worship service. And Martin makes Justin throw up. Like we said, podcast gold.

Jan 18, 2018

Those Bearded Brothers you know so well are at it again. This time they talk about how they plan their sermon series, how their stages at church are designed, and the best way to deal with aggressive nuisance critters. None will escape Justin's gaze as he stands on the platform and Martin will finally give his congregation a break from moving the furniture in this wonderous episode of podcast gold!

Jan 9, 2018

In this episode Justin and Martin talk about why they've not put out many episodes lately. You'll hear a little bit about the farm Martin moved into and how Justin deals with strangers calling him on the phone. We talk a little bit about The Last Jedi, but this conversation is so old there are no spoilers. Enjoy the show!

Dec 20, 2017

How should the preachers dress when they are wearing medical devices? Does the belt have to match the shoes? Does having a beard make you more likely to get arrested? All this and more is discussed right here! Listen to Martin and Justin go on and on about how clothes should be worn and who killed Biggie. Enjoy!

Nov 8, 2017

Yes they're back. Beards are back. Maybe a little worse for the wear, Justin and Martin make their triumphant return from injury to bring back that podcast gold you all know and love. Find out why there hasn't been a new episode for so long as Martin shares his tale of heroism and valor. Justin represents just as well sharing how he tried to scam his wife into a new microwave. Don't call it a comeback, call it what it is - straight fire.

Oct 19, 2017

The Two Bearded Preachers are at it again! They talk about the nature of evil in the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass murder without much more than lament. They lighten things up after the intermission discussing Idiocracy, Thunderdome, and the Orville. All the while they discuss their lives and ministries. Podcast Gold.

Oct 2, 2017

The Two Bearded Preachers revisit Chuck Norris at Starbucks and have a shocking experience. They discuss whether firearms should be available from the pulpit, and sing a few songs along the way. Justin continues to try and be a good son and Martin misapplies hip-hop lyrics. Podcast gold is here just for you!

Sep 21, 2017

Martin and Justin get back at mining that podcast gold after surviving the winds of hurricane Irma. They talk about why two men can't live together, America's Got Talent, and how one should interact with a celebrity when seen in public. This episode is too legit to quit, so you better not either.

Sep 9, 2017

Justin may be getting ready for the storm, but Martin is making sure that podcast gold gets released. In this episode of Two Bearded Preachers the fellers talk about getting ready for the hurricane, how grandmothers can be evil too, and why hemorrhoids are no laughing matter. Make sure you don't get involved in a land war in Asia and never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.

Sep 5, 2017

In this episode, Justin and Martin talk about why they have continued podcasting long after everyone thought they would quit. The Two Bearded Preachers take some time to discuss their current youth ministries and the opportunities that exist in both their churches. Justin has a tremendous victory against someone who attempts to facially profile him. Martin defends Joel Osteen's response to the flooding in Houston. This episode has a little bit of everything!

Aug 24, 2017

The Two Bearded Preachers read tweets from their favorite Twitter personality: Restoration Hulk! They smash your preconceived notions of how to position oneself while praying. Each shares how they work application into the sermon while disagreeing on the degree to which the pastor should apply the text during the message. You'll also find out which of the two has no trust for their children. Enjoy the show!

Aug 21, 2017

Justin and Martin talk about how to dress for success in the zombie apocalypse, the best way to fire a volunteer, and why popular preachers are just so darn good looking. There's also a story about Justin's kid falling in the shower and thoughts on why you don't need to carry primary and secondary weapons as well as train in martial arts. Some one's looking for a fight in this episode! Check it out!

Aug 10, 2017

In this episode, Justin and Martin talk about whether or not Christians ought to watch Game of Thrones. You may be offended by their answer, but it's highly doubtful that they care. Find out why Martin is stressed, the source of his cold sore, and how he plans to entertain Justin on a visit they have planned for later this year. Justin explains why he only likes television that has loose ties to reality, why he is so busy and admits he doesn't know how to clean a hog. The Two Bearded Preachers keep it pretty light in this episode, so don't beat them up too bad in the comments. Enjoy!

Aug 3, 2017

What you are about to hear is the podcast equivalent of taking all your leftovers and putting them in a casserole. Sometimes it makes the most delicious meal. Sometimes it is an absolute train wreck. In this episode, Martin took a bunch of clips he saved from previous conversations and slammed them together into an episode that isn't too far from the standard and is definitely worthy of the "podcastgold" hashtag. Justin finds comradery among the dads at the water park, Martin talks about one of the greatest classroom games from his high school days, and both just yammer on and on about nothing in particular making you wonder why you listen to this nonsense in the first place. They both also think it is important to beat your kids at video games and Pokemon. Enjoy the show!

Oh, did I mention Justin watched Twilight? Because he totally watched Twilight and we have it on good authority that he loved every minute of it and is 100% team Jacob.

Jul 26, 2017

The Two Bearded Preachers discuss how questionable choices can impact one's life, the big fight between Mayweather and McGregor, and how letting someone watch you play video games is a wonderful act of charity. More specifically, Justin crop dusts an entire VBS, Martin gets a ridiculous sunburn, and they both doubt the long term audience of boxing. Hear them lament the fact that there won't be a corresponding MMA match between Floyd and Conor while Justin tries to get new followers to his twitch account. Do him a favor and show a little love: https://www.twitch.tv/beardedgamr 

Jul 19, 2017

Can Spider-man identify as a homosexual if he has neither homosexual actions or desires? It sounds like cultural appropriation to the Two Bearded Preachers so you better check your privilege. This week, Justin talks about how he is terrible at golf and refuses to explain pornography to his son. Martin promises to text an entire book to Justin and plans to see a living wild beaver even if it means staying up past his bedtime. They answer the age old question of why there are so many movie remakes and even discuss the insanity surrounding Eugene Peterson's bizarre behavior over the past few days. It's all good and there's no need to worry because there remain certain offshore accounts that will keep the show coming to you free of charge for the foreseeable future. Enjoy the show!

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