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The Happy Rant

Barnabas Piper, Ted Kluck, and Ronnie Martin cheerfully - if sarcastically - rant about all the things that don't matter all that much (and some that do).
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Nov 20, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ronnie Martin misses his chance for an epic flu game and sits this one with the pukes. That means Ted and Barnabas take on the following topics.

  • Why are complementarian men so bad at talking about women even when they are trying to be supportive and respectful?
  • Which is Worse? A game in which two bad things are compared and we determine which is worse.
  • What we are thankful for
Nov 13, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas are back in the studio but still riding high off Live in Louisville. They rant about the following.

  • Jared C.'s twitter spat with Carl Lentz
  • What is satire? (A question we were forced to answer by a recent misunderstanding about Dougy Wilson)
  • Highlights (and low lights) from Live in Louisville
Nov 6, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas have climbed the mountain, achieved greatness, MADE PODCASTING HISTORY. It is the third of three episodes from Live in Louisville where they gathered with 80 of their closest friends for sheet cake, coffee, and decadence as well as conversation about a whole variety of topics. This episodes features a Q&A with listeners and HUGE announcement.

We’d like to thank our sponsors who helped make this event happen, provided give-aways, and supported our efforts – David C. Cook publishers, The Christian Standard Bible, Lagares Roasters Coffee, and Missional Wear.

Nov 3, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas have climbed the mountain, achieved greatness, MADE PODCASTING HISTORY. It is the second of three episodes from Live in Louisville where they gathered with 80 of their closest friends for sheet cake, coffee, and decadence as well as conversation about a whole variety of topics.

We’d like to thank our sponsors who helped make this event happen, provided give-aways, and supported our efforts – David C. Cook publishers, The Christian Standard Bible, Lagares Roasters Coffee, and Missional Wear.

Oct 30, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas have climbed the mountain, achieved greatness, MADE PODCASTING HISTORY. It is the first of three episodes from Live in Louisville where they gathered with 80 of their closest friends for sheet cake, coffee, and decadence as well as conversation about a whole variety of topics. 

 

Oct 23, 2017

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas do as they do and get a little reflective, a little curmudgeonly, a little sarcastic, a little meta, and a little fun. They discuss the following.

  • What is one thing we would change about the holidays?
  • Why even do a podcast if everyone with a social security number is now doing one?
  • What is a favorite childhood memory we always come back to?
Oct 16, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas discuss the following:

  • The other Jarrid Wilson
  • Assigning pulpits to preachers
  • What Ted judges people for
  • If we could write a regular column in one publication all time, what would it be?
  • What we're reading

 

Oct 9, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas rant about the following:

  • Pastor's making points about hell and eternity when guys like Hugh Hefner die
  • How do we describe a person we like? Do we go the celebrity route of "delightful" or "lovely"? Or do we go the "good guy" route?
  • What do we judge other people for enjoying? 
Oct 2, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas hash out some important issues while Ronnie continues his never ending tour of working class cities.

  • Protesting during the national Anthem - people's responses, false accusations, and more
  • Are the protests ruining football?
  • Jemele Hill's comments about Trump and how politics have crossed into entertainment media
  • BUT NO FOOTBALL TALK

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Sep 26, 2017

In this episode of the Happy Rant podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas suss out the following:

  • The story trend- living a story, believing a story, and when story jumped the shark
  • Ted takes a phone call live on the air
  • Bad Seminary advertising
  • Our ideal body types
  • When is "the right time" to talk about controversial issues?

Big thank you to our sponsor, Waterbrook, and their book Convictedthe true story of a corrupt cop and the man he falsely convicted finding reconciliation and redemption. 

 

 

Sep 18, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas discuss the following:

  • The Whole 30 and other cult diets
  • Whats the thing in your life that causes you to exclaim "Why do I even try?" even though you have to try?
  • Jim Carrey's shift from crazy funny to just plain crazy.
Sep 11, 2017

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted Kluck, Barnabas Piper, and Ronnie Martin rant about a bunch of stuff except the Nashville Statement.

  • Telling your kids it's ok to fail
  • Telling your kids they're bad at stuff
  • What it would've been like to do our respective jobs in 1985
  • What does it take to make a fun reformed podcast?
Sep 4, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie and Barnabas tackle three big issues that hit in recent weeks.

  • Kevin DeYoung's article saying Christian's should not watch Game of Thrones
  • The criticism of Joel Osteen for his church's slowness to help Flood victims
  • Old dudes who think it's counter-cultural to like Taylor Swift

 

Aug 30, 2017

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas bring you a solid hour of NFL talk including the following:

  • The Colin Kaepernick Saga
  • Boring Good Teams
  • Intriguing Bad Teams
  • Super Bowl Picks
  • Offensive Player of the Year
  • Defensive Payer of the Year
  • Stories that need to go away
Aug 28, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas take on there following topics:

  • Blue checks and being verified 
  • Greeting times in church
  • The eclipse 
  • When people talk about "Leading yourself"

 

Aug 21, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas cover a huge range from the most (genuinely) serious to the ranty and absurd.

  • The church's response the events in Charlottesville, both good and bad
  • How should we respond to racial conflict and overt racism?
  • What exactly is a "God thing" and why to Christians insist on using this phrase?
  • Is "self-care" a good thing? Is it just another excuse to be self-absorbed? 
Aug 14, 2017

In this episode of the Happy Rant podcast Ted and Barnabas manage sans Ronnie and discuss the following:

  • The joys of minor league baseball
  • Their new tattoos and the stories behind them (Don't worry - it's PG)
  • Are smart phones really ruining kids or are we being doomsday and overwrought about this?
  • Overrated and underrated actors and some who are properly rated too.
Aug 7, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas do as they always do - suss  out a random variety of church and culture topics of questionable importance.

  • Which pastor is which candy bar - Tim Keller, Matt Chandler, Don Carson, Mark Dever?
  • Shai Lynne and Lecrae are having a Christian hip hop beef. It's like Biggie and Tupac but way nicer. Of course we weighed in.
  • What do we think of personality evaluations like Myers-Briggs, Strengths Finder, and the Enneagram?

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Jul 27, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas riff on the following:

  • Feedback from kind fans
  • Justin Bieber cancelling a tour for the sake of planting a church
  • What kind of church planter would Bieber be?
  • The worst messages we've ever preached.
  • The awkwardness of altar calls (especially at messages we've preached)

Don't forget to visit HappyRantPodcast.com to order your Happy Rant Signature roast coffee and to gt your tickets for our forthcoming Live in Louisville event (October 22)!

Jul 24, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas do what they always do - taken the quirks and oddities of evangelicalism and culture.

  • Acts 29, famous for aggressive manly preachers and faux lumberjacks hosted a gala at a nice hotel
  • Why do Pastor's need special retreats and vacations?
  • What are our personal bucket list items? 
Jul 20, 2017

In this episode of the Happy Rant Podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas exhibit their breadth and depth of ranting ability by tackling the week's most pressing topic and a few that are rather mundane too. 

  • Eugene Peterson and the Merritt-orious interview
  • Why do people insist on just writing him off?
  • What are People Even doing wearing pajamas on planes and eating like toddlers at dinner parties.
Jul 13, 2017

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas overcome the challenges of worldwide and domestic travel to bring you the typical ranty goodness.

  • Churches and patriotic church services
  • The reformed church tradition of anti-patriotism
  • Barnabas holding the door for Paul Giamatti
  • Other celebrity encounters
  • Ronnie's first camping experience in 23 years
Jul 3, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant podcast the hosts are all back together again for a delightful reunion. They find their stride and get right back to discussing pressing topics like the following:

  • LIVE IN LOUISVILLE IS HAPPENING
  • What's with the therapy episodes (as per a former host)?
  • Why do reformed folks LOVE Ben Sasse so much?
  • Our favorite old school video games
  • Adult gamers

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Jun 26, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted takes his turn sharing stories. Barnabas interviews him about his life and becoming a writer and teacher. Some of the highlights and topics they hit on include:

  • Sports biographies and George Plimpton
  • Accidentally finding his way to writing
  • Poetry performances by a woman in a red dress
  • Being a junk mail copy writer
  • Sports writing for ESPN
  • Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield stories
  • Emergent church and Kevin DeYoung
  • Self confidence vs. ego
  • That guy in your MFA
Jun 19, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ronnie interviews Barnabas about being John Piper's son and what some of the challenges of being a ministry kid in the spotlight are. They cover the following:

  • When was it obvious that dad was famous?
  • Famous theologians over for dinner
  • Weird experiences with weird fans
  • Pressures PKs face

 

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