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Jun 19, 2018

More Podcast Gold! Justin describes why he didn't go on the lamb and become a middle aged assassin. Martin makes up a new alcoholic drink. Both love the movie "So I Married An Ax Murderer." 

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Jun 5, 2018

Here we go again! Martin loves stories that have people throwing up in them. Justin loves stories about Martin getting kicked in the groin by a much younger and better looking fella. And both recall how original intent of this podcast as scholarly discussion was thrown out the window for cheeky shenanigans and jokes. You're welcome Leia!

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May 29, 2018

In the latest episode of the Two Bearded Preachers... Martin gets himself in trouble talking about the LGBTQ. Justin learns the reality that there are uncensored video games out there. And both appreciate the history of the church, but still question how in the world the 1950's style of church became the standard for how we have to do everything. All that and more!

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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!

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