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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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Jun 8, 2017

Ok, we admit it, this episode is absolute gold! Sure, it may be strung together from the leftovers that have been stacking up, but that doesn't mean the conversation about taking the law into one's own hands isn't appropriate for today. We certainly think it is. Check out how we thread together conversation over a number of weeks in order to cover a week where our conversation was in person and not even recorded. We even talk a little about Andrew Peterson and his use of an instrument made out of an armadillo. That's podcast gold if anything is.

May 30, 2017

Katy Perry said what? Yes, when a terrible act of violence occurs pop stars say stupid things in response. It's almost as predictable as the sunrise. Justin and Martin spend a little time talking about terrorism, recognizing they are not the best individuals to discuss the topic. They move on from there to discuss the best way one could put medicinal marijuana into their system and decide it's probably by a suppository. The conversation then shifts to the doctrine of predestination and how people in the pews react to difficult theological subjects. This episode covers a lot of territory, so try and keep up with Two Bearded Preachers as they mine podcast gold once again.

May 23, 2017

Without question, the best R-rated superhero movie is in the X-Men universe but does Deadpool or Logan reign supreme? In this episode of the Two Bearded Preachers, Justin and Martin argue over which is superior. They also discuss why you should and shouldn't listen to the Drunk Ex-Pastors and Bad Christian podcasts, talk about how generational issues affect the church and are glad to hear most people these days are more interested in sound preaching than mirror balls at church. The whole conversation comes after they have already been talking for nearly an hour, so some of the conversation goes a little off the rails. At any rate, this episode unearths heaps of podcast gold for everyone to enjoy. Don't forget to share the episode while in casual conversation with your friends.

May 16, 2017

You're probably sitting at home, continually updating your podcast catcher, wondering why the latest episode of the Two Bearded Preachers hasn't dropped yet. Well, Justin and Martin happen to have lives outside of the show they occasionally need to maintain and that just happened to happen this weekend. Don't worry though. Your favorite show on the internet is here for you now and it is so very good. 

 

This week the Bearded Duo talk about the terror of bike gangs in St. Cloud, how an interview should be conducted for positions in a church, and the best musical instrument for every style: the BONGOS! Learn why the didgeridoo is the instrument of the future and how to avoid getting run out of the church by your preacher. This episode takes podcast gold to the next level. Check it out.

May 6, 2017

The Two Bearded Preachers spend their time talking about how death as a Christian is a thing of solemn beauty. They also discuss how growing old impacts one's ability to practice martial arts effectively, talk to one of the show's best friends, and a Thom Rainer article about the challenges of being a pastor today. The show has some of the greatest conversation you've ever heard from two bearded feller's who have been friends for over a decade. Be sure to check it out and share with all your friends with a nice hand written letter. Don't forget, we love millennials. Enjoy the show.

Apr 29, 2017

It's all a part of the plan, folks. This episode has everything you've ever wanted for an audio diary of two preachers' friendship and some things you never knew you needed. Justin talks about how much he loves his squatty potty while Martin shares a war story from the middle east. They discuss their mutual love for Tim Keller and wish they had the buttery smoothness of his rhetoric. Justin claims to be funny in the pulpit and tells everyone why playing nice with the cable company is probably a good idea. Martin claims to be an angry preacher and complains about Bill Nye and his recent lunacy. The two talk about food, the best way to prepare shrimp, and why getting fatter makes body weight exercises better. They wrap up the episode wondering why Tim Challies thinks it's important for people to pay for their porn (trust us, it will all make sense in context). Oh, and somewhere in this heap of nonsense there's a Liar Liar reference so don't bust the fellers up about the cover art. Enjoy the show.

Would you like to join the conversation? Call the Two Bearded Preachers at 951-472-3273 and you may just be chosen to be on an episode. Check out Justin's power failure video on our Facebook page and get the latest and greatest on our Twitter feed.

Apr 21, 2017

What happens when murders use Facebook Live? How will the mother of all bombs (MOAB) affect the war on terror? Will Harry Potter Land be a better vacation than Star Wars Disney? We have no idea, but we talk about it all the same in the latest and greatest episode of the Two Bearded Preachers Super Show! In this episode, Justin will explain how he deals with rude behavior at the Starbuck's bathroom. Martin doesn't know if Facebook Live is a feature he deserves. They both get motion sickness as they try to avoid creating new Dad Fail episodes. Pay attention, Muggles, the Bearded Brothers are back and better than ever!

Would you like to join the conversation? Call the Two Bearded Preachers at 951-472-3273 and you may just be chosen to be on an episode. Get on our Facebook page, but don't murder anyone. Follow us on Twitter if you can handle 144 characters of the greatest podcast gold on the internet.

Apr 6, 2017

That's right, folks! It's the Two Bearded Preachers with an all new episode of podcast gold for your listening enjoyment. In this episode, you'll hear the differences between the Royal Rumble and Wrestle Mania clearly articulated. You'll also find out the single quality that makes a hippy an absolute delight to be around. Listen to how Chris Jericho gets one over on Justin. Discover some new material for that blog you've been thinking of starting as Justin and Martin explore how reading and writing have shifted since Al Gore invented the internet. Their mutual love of iPhones and all things iOS is discussed while dissing android. Justin describes an unsettling condition he's contracted from prolonged exposure to his step father. All this and so much more are here for your listening enjoyment!

 

Would you like to join the conversation? Call the Two Bearded Preachers at 951-472-3273 and you may just be chosen to be on an episode. Show us pictures of your beard on our Facebook page and share your love of the show on Twitter. You could write us an email, but the chances of us checking it aren't very good.

Mar 31, 2017

This week we're going back in time to hear how the Two Bearded Preachers accurately predicted the results of the 2016 presidential election using an elaborate rating system and immense insight into all things political. Justin wears a tutu and Martin fails to make his congregation laugh in this throw back episode from 2015. In the future, the fellers promise to schedule a little better and not forget their recording equipment at the office. If you haven't heard this one before you will definitely see how far the Two Bearded Preachers have come in terms of production and how far they have fallen in terms of planning episodes.

 

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Would you like to join the conversation? Call the Two Bearded Preachers at 951-472-3273 and you may just be chosen to be on an episode. You can tell us how we are slackers for not bringing the new content on Facebook and complain about how we have been saying the same old jokes to each other for our entire friendship on Twitter.

Mar 24, 2017

That's right folks, it's the GOATs of Podcasting bringing that podcast gold you all love so much. The Two Bearded Preachers talk about taking up martial arts with their kids and how judo and jiu jitsu can cause a lot of problems for middle aged men. Justin gives Martin a hard time about the dog he ran over from the previous episode and explains why it was such an issue for him. Martin claims shenanigans when Justin is unable to repeat certain details of his story and is irritated that Justin doesn't know all the lyrics of Five Iron Frenzy's "Blue Comb". Find out why it's all in the hips in our newest podcast ever.

Would you like to join the conversation? Call the Two Bearded Preachers at 951-472-3273 and you may just be chosen to be on an episode. You can talk to us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, but to be honest, neither of us spend much time checking either feed.

Mar 16, 2017

In this week's episode of the Two Bearded Preachers podcast, Martin and Justin talk about the terrors of living in the southeast during an unusually cold March. Neither of them understands the more specific words for blankets used by their wives, bringing to mind Tyler Durden's discussion of the duvet and why men have this knowledge when it is entirely unnecessary to their being in the hunter/gatherer sense of masculinity. Martin discusses how interruptions can make for more interesting lessons and sermons, even though it can be difficult to transition back to the planned subject matter. Justin shares a little bit on how multitasking is for the young and middle-aged men are only able to one thing at a time. Toward the finish, Martin tells of how he hit a dog with his rental car and receives some sharp criticism from his friend.

Would you like to join the conversation? Call the Two Bearded Preachers at 951-472-3273 and you may just be chosen to be on an episode. You can talk to us on Facebook or stop by Martin's house in Glennville, the jewel of southeast Georgia.

Mar 9, 2017

Does Justin have a hero fantasy? Is Martin too old to start learning Judo? Who should be responsible for the care and maintenance of one's beard? The Two Bearded Preachers spend their time discussing these and other questions in this episode. Listen as Martin creates a Zen-like atmosphere in his home. Justin talks about his past as an Anglican. The Real Man American calls in to call Martin out about giving the sex talk to his elementary age kids. Both of the preachers talk about Ash Wednesday and Lent, communicating their respective skepticism about the practice. Can you smell the popery? You'll also get some tips on how to best maintain your firearms for minimal government interference. Talk about a wide-ranging conversation.

Would you like to join the conversation? Call the Two Bearded Preachers at 951-472-3273 and you may just be chosen to be on an episode. You can talk to us on Facebook or stop by Justin's house late in the evening for a friendly visit. 

Mar 3, 2017

This just in... middle aged men aren't good at online video games. In this episode of Two Bearded Preachers, Martin admits he isn't very good at promoting the podcast or playing online video games. Justin overshares about marital issues and plays too many video games. Both offer their advice to an expectant father about the horrors he is about to experience in raising his very own baby. Justin goes on and on about how he is likely to die in his mid-fifties and Martin goes through the whole circle of emotions as he relives his 37th birthday. It's a conversation for the ages so be sure to check it out.

Want to join the conversation? You can call the Two Bearded Preachers at 951-472-3273 and be on an upcoming episode. Join the Two Bearded Preachers facebook page and try to tweet at us @twobearded.

Feb 24, 2017

The Two Bearded Preachers are trying their hardest to make those church gains, but what is the best way to measure success in ministry? Is it about leading people to grow the organization, or is there something more to it than that? In this episode, Justin and Martin talk about their criteria for successful ministry and point out that pastoring a church is fundamentally different than leading in the marketplace. Martin shares some demotivational techniques and Justin pretty much preaches his entire sermon for Sunday. This episode is outrageous!

Feb 17, 2017

The Two Bearded Preachers spend the episode discussing the meaning of life and whether or not the decisions we make matter. They comment on the fact that the listener doesn't get to hear the entire conversation since recording began well after they started talking. Justin gets his pump on and brags about his biceps. Martin is unimpressed and points out where his partner is wrong. Will listening to this episode matter in your life? One of us says yes, the other thinks it might not. Rest assured, it will make you happier than you were either way.

Feb 10, 2017

Justin and Martin talk about the golden era of television we are currently enjoying. The conversation begins with the rumors of a new Firefly series Fox seems willing to work on if only Joss Whedon will get on board. Then they discuss the joys of Burn Notice and Smallville before moving on to film. Neither of the Two Bearded Preachers are super excited about movies coming out this year with the exception of Lego Batman, Spiderman Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy, and pretty much any other MCU or DC movie. Maybe they are more interested in the 2017 movie scene than they say... Martin talks about the joy of Rogue One in Imax 3D and Justin spoils Split, the latest M. Night Shyamalan movie, for himself (don't worry, there aren't any spoilers in the episode). After all that they still find time to talk about how Martin's daughter broke her arm doing a back hand spring. What a glorious episode for your listening pleasure!

Feb 3, 2017

It's the newest episode of the Two Bearded Preachers! Justin and Martin discuss the role of emotions in the worship service and ask if they do themselves a disservice by minimizing emotional responses in the church. Martin talks about his experience at the Glennville Community Revival where Dr. Ron Archer pushed him out of his comfort zone. Justin shares how his son, Jonas, handled a bully at school with style and grace. Both share about how playing Diablo 3 is a spiritual exercise. Don't misbehave with that garlic bread, treat yourself with podcast gold instead. This episode is carbohydrate free.

Jan 28, 2017

The Two Bearded Preachers once again take on the controversial topic of facial profiling when Martin shares how his fanboy interaction with JD Hall left him feeling marginalized due to his fabulous face mane (apparently, he looks like he's in the Reformed Pub). Justin, enraged at the lack of common courtesy, threatens to begin a trolling campaign on his behalf. The conversation mellows as the two friends turn toward the upcoming Ligonier National Conference where Justin hopes to find some Abolish Human Abortion protestors to troll if only he can get a ticket. In the end, Martin has a positive view of Facebook because Scott Bradley of Post Modern Jukebox played his "Desperado" request during a Facebook Live interaction. It seems all is made right with the world by the end of this incredible, two-part extravaganza of hilarity.

Jan 27, 2017

Have Justin and Martin become crotchety in their old age? You'll probably say yes after listening to this episode where neither can keep their cool in social media interactions. Both feed the trolls in spite of knowing better and end up more upset than any reasonable person should become. They also talk about how the upcoming Royal Rumble will undoubtedly be the best until the next one rolls around and talk a little Christian anthropology. All that and a bonus episode to follow since they kept talking long into the night. Here's the first half, with Two Bearded Preachers episode 66B to follow in just a little bit.

Jan 20, 2017

Facial profiling is not a victimless crime. Justin and Martin share about the times they were facially profiled in their second outing in the podcasting world. Listen as strange echoes, mysterious buzzing, and voice fade out plagues the bearded brothers. This episode is obviously one of their first as it sounds even worse than normal. Do you remember when they called the show "Partially Informed"? You will after listening to this throwback show! #endfacialprofiling

Jan 12, 2017

What is the best way to annoy your wife and all the people at the Starbucks? Use a Fidget Cube. Justin shares his experience with the world's most useless start-up and his concerns about the fire that recently took place at the Sausage Castle (surprisingly, it's not a breakfast place). Martin tries to figure out how evangelism, discipleship, and knowledge are related and shares how optimistic he is about the new year. Both of the fellers remember the rules at FCC and sort of understand them, but not really. What a fantastic conversation!

Jan 5, 2017

Is Troll Hunter viable entertainment? What about Troll Hunters? Justin and Martin discuss this in the first episode of 2017. Over the course of the conversation, you'll find out why Justin has a new found respect for government, how Martin is going to score a new diploma, and the reason neither plan on moving to Canada any time soon. At the same time, the wonders of Netflix are navigated for you as the bearded brothers share their very favorite recommendations and hear a few pet peeves about television along the way. You'll also find out why Gen X people have trouble getting along with Millennials, the joys of Steaksgiving, and an update on Justin's curse. This episode certain covers a lot of ground, but not very well. Enjoy!

P.S. Why doesn't Justin know what Juggalos are?

Dec 23, 2016

It isn't a party until Sweet Caroline is sung. You know that's the truth. Well, Justin and Martin start this party off with a little Neil Diamond and then wander into the holiday majesty of Sea World before ending up talking about the true meaning of Christmas. That's right folks, it's a Christmas episode you don't want to miss. Are otters the primadonnas of the pinnipeds? Does Santa's beard power the sleigh? Will all the Christmas programs be finished in time? All this and more will be answered in this very special Christmas episode of Two Bearded Preachers.

Dec 16, 2016

Does the Two Bearded Preachers podcast break the rules for acceptable behavior for pastoral people? Probably not. In this week's episode, Justin and Martin discuss the many benefits they receive from the podcast. There's a little bit of history told and the original plan of the show described, but it wasn't a good idea so the Bearded Brothers just started recording their regular conversations and the show got a lot better. Later in the episode, they talk about how they give advice to their congregations and the burden of eggnog.

Dec 8, 2016

Can a podcast be overly produced? The Two Bearded Preachers certainly don't think so, but it might be possible to overly produce a worship service. In this episode, Martin and Justin talk about sincerity in worship as they consider the implications of using decidedly secular music in the formal worship of the church. They also recount stories from their time in youth ministry and recognize that they are far more suited to the pulpit. Another area of discussion is men's health. Justin and Martin talk about the social awkwardness of the hernia test and tie it into their mutual love of podcasts. Oh, and Imagine Dragons rocks.

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