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The Happy Rant

Barnabas Piper, Ted Kluck, and Ronnie Martin cheerfully rant about all the things that don't matter all that much (and some that do).
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Dec 5, 2016

In this week's episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas unpack and suss out a number of pressing topics

  • Steven Furtick's microphone - game show host or rapper?
  • Introducing Ronnie to Friday Night Lights
  • What the heck is a "coach" anyway? They used to wear whistles and lead teams on to the field. Now they use flip charts and lead "teams" in conference rooms.
  • Cohorts, summits, conferences, colloquiums and more?
  • The Happy Rant Cartel

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Nov 28, 2016

This episode of The Happy Rant brings about a significant first - the first time Ted and Barnabas have ever set foot in the same room and at the Baptist Mecca itself - LifeWay Christian Resources. The chemistry is astounding, like Woodward and Bernstein or the showtime Lakers. They cover such wide ranging topics as the following:

  • Barnabas's baby face and/or aging gracefully
  • Ronnie's trip to a hipster craft fair
  • Was the booing of Mike Pence at Hamilton really a big deal?
  • Who likes musicals any how and if Ronnie could star in one what would his role be?
  • The trend of leaving evangelicalism - what does it mean and does it make any sense?

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Nov 21, 2016

In this episode of The Happy Rant podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas celebrate a major business agreement coming to fruition with missional Wear in the form of swag to the nines, life changing swag, heart warming swag, coffee drinking swag, public display swag. They also discuss the following:

  • T-Shirt style preferences
  • Christian Celebrities and their haircuts
  • A potential episode for "Designed Person" based on D.A. Carson, his barber, and his barber's apprentice
  • Dealing with thinning hair

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Nov 14, 2016

Today we are releasing two episodes, one for those who want more election and Trump talk and one for those who downright sick of it and want more happy and less ranty. Of course you're welcome to listen to both, and we encourage you to do so!

In this, the second episode, we make up for all the politics by planning a TGC vs. T4G Royal Rumble. Who would Win? Who would be the champions, the managers, the up-and-comers. Listen to find out!

Nov 14, 2016

Today we are releasing two episodes, one for those who want more election and Trump talk and one for those who downright sick of it and want more happy and less ranty. Of course you're welcome to listen to both, and we encourage you to do so!

In this, the first episode, we discuss the downfall of America, the end of the world, and whose fault it is. Or rather, the election of Donald Trump as president.

Nov 7, 2016

In this episode Ted Kluck, Ronnie Martin, and Barnabas Piper rant about only the most pressing of issues:

  • Jesus juking the Cubs' victory in the world series

  • Consoling Cleveland fans (You still have LeBron)

  • The Jen Hatmaker kerfuffle (also: Barnabas tries not to get electrocuted by LifeWay HQ)

  • Ronnie and Ted's love for Tiny Houses

  • Jack Chick chick flick - the film we've all been missing

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Oct 31, 2016

In this episode Ted Kluck, Ronnie Martin, and Barnabas Piper rant about pressing and sundry topics such as:

  • Bourbon, Beards, and Bibles - i.e. the Sojourn pastor's conference and Ronnie's hipster festivities there.
  • Casting Ronnie as a small town mayor in the newly minted show Designated Person. The listener suggestions are myriad and amusing.
  • Fit pastors: those who insist on sharing their entire workout routine via photo and video and sometimes whole staffs that workout together.
  • Coining the term "Evangelifriends" and putting it to good use.
Oct 24, 2016

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

  • Is Wayne Grudem the Brett Favre of politics?
  • In the spirit of the previously popular #FirstSevenJobs, what were our early jobs?
  • Church Networks vs. Denominations
  • What exactly is an Evangelical Free church?
Oct 17, 2016

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Barnabas, and Ronnie go a different direction than usual. Instead of bouncing from topic to topic they hone in on this debacle of an election America is facing. 

  • Trump: The worst candidate ever
  • How in the name of all that is good can anyone defend Donald Trump?
  • How "Locker room talk" is an absurd euphemism for misogyny and sexual abuse talk.
  • Is there a way to vote in this election?

 

Oct 10, 2016

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ronnie returns from his pilgrimages and quests to hoping Ted and Barnabas for a riveting discussion of important and timely topics.

  • Should we be our children's friends and buddies? Should parents be a "parent, not a friend"? Is there middle ground?
  • It's Halloween season (yes, it now has a season) and things bout to get crazy with some trunk or treat, some slutty costumes, and some weird reformation stuff.
  • Clowns. Clowns everywhere. Clowns haunting our dreams and stealing children.

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Oct 3, 2016

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas discuss a number of pressing topics while Ronnie tries to find himself in the Alleghenies or some such place.

  • We received some rather scathing criticism via email this week. What is the best way to respond to such shots fired?
  • Tim Tebow is playing baseball which means the Tebowites have a savior to worship once again. Yippee.
  • What do we think of the Marvel Universe and phenomenon? Which super heroes are best and which would we want to be if we were super heroes? 

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Sep 25, 2016

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas discuss the following while Ronnie galavants around middle America like John Steinbeck:

  • Why is it that so many Christian organizations feel the need to wedge worship into everything from business meetings to sports to wherever?
  • Gut check with Ted covering Pumpkin Spice, NFL penalties, and more
  • We share our guilty displeasures. These are things we don't like but feel like we ought to since so many other people do.

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Sep 19, 2016

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

  • A few weeks ago the question came up "are we jerks?" It wasn't really answered because, well, that's awkward. But now the guys are ready to try to sort it out.
  • Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback in the NFL, made headlines when he refused to stand for the national anthem. The hosts talk through whether this is disrespectful and how we respond to protests in general. 
  • Which worship songs are the worst ever? And why is worship music so lame most of the time these days? 
Sep 12, 2016

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

  • Pourovers: what are they an why are they? Isn't a pourer just a slow version of what a coffee maker does?
  • How does an athlete being a "brother in Christ" effect our feelings towards him? What if the athlete is Sam Bradford, the over-prices substitute for the QB on Barnabas's favorite football team?
  • What is a "thought leader"? What exactly do they lead? Do real leaders of thought call themselves thought leaders?
Sep 5, 2016

In this episode of the Happy Rant the hosts are reunited after Ronnie's travels and they rant about the following. 

  • A crazy University of Iowa prof is offended by the facial expression and demeanor of . . . their mascot, a giant stuffed bird.
  • The University of Chicago, on the other hand, has decided there need be no more trigger warnings or safe spaces. 
  • What are things worship pastor's should quit saying? Jared Wilson had suggestions in an article, and it needed some discussing.

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Aug 29, 2016

In this episode of the Happy Rant Podcast Ted Kluck and Barnabas Piper (sans Ronnie Martin since he was off traipsing through small mid-American towns like a middling CCM band) discuss a handful of amusing and informative topics.

  • Back to school advice for parents and students alike
  • Is Nic Cage awesome or awful?
  • Movies that are so bad they are good
  • Old fashioned insults that need a good revival

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Aug 22, 2016

We made it to episode 100. Who would have guessed that with such humble beginnings this podcast would have gained such heights, yet here we are. In this episode of the Happy Rant Podcast we welcome back co-founder, Stephen Altrogge and rant about the following.

  • Angry moms with no sense of humor attacking Stephen
  • Do women have to be "precious" or can they be sarcastic and snarky too?
  • Could we pull off an entirely earnest podcast?

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Aug 15, 2016

In this episode of the Happy Rant podcast Ted Kluck, Ronnie Martin, and Barnabas Piper rant about the following:

  • Plagiarism - why do people do this when it's so easy not to and is it worse in this internet age?
  • How Christians ruin all the fun stuff (movies, sports, etc.) by think-piecing them to death and searching for "redemptive themes"
  • If each of us was to host a reality TV show what show would it be?

 

Aug 8, 2016

In this episode of the Happy Rant podcast Ted Kluck, Ronnie Martin, and Barnabas Piper rant about the following:

  • Life in the 80's especially fashion and music choices
  • Ronnie's time in the CCM world
  • Drisky Business - He launched a new church!
  • Should pastors be political on social media even though common wisdom says not to be from the pulpit? 
Aug 1, 2016

In the is episode of the Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas make up for lost time by cover various and sundry and widely varied topics including (not limited to) the following:

  • Hipster teas to keep you young
  • What hair products we use
  • Globe trotting, missions tourism, and all things short term missions trips
  • The presidential election
  • And a big announcement - we both nominate and endorse our own third party candidate
Jul 18, 2016

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted Kluck, Barnabas Piper, and Ronnie Martin riff on the following.

  • What is the ongoing fascination with shows like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette? Is it hate watching? Is it genuine interest? 
  • How do each of the hosts write a book? Where do they get their ideas? What does the process look like?
  • What is the ever loving deal with fictional Calvinist characters on social media?
Jul 11, 2016

In this episode of the Happy Rant podcast Barnabas Piper, Ted Kluck, and Ronnie Martin have a scintillating discussion about topics of utmost importance. 

  • With Daniel Craig's contract as Bond fulfilled, what prominent Christian leader would make the best James Bond?
  • Is it better to give to a church electronically or physically? Does it matter? Should there be giving kiosks? 
  • Are the Olympics awesome or lame? Why did they used to be awesome than they are now?
Jul 4, 2016

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas rant about the following pressing and timely subjects. Things get heated. Tension is high. Fun is had.

  • So there's a new documentary coming out about Calvinism and it has a Kickstarter campaign. Ronnie and Barnabas square off about said project.
  • Should churches do altar calls for kids or is that just confusing? 
  • Where did "Rachel the Held Evans" come from as a sign-off
Jun 27, 2016

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

  • Donald Trump's board of "evangelical advisors" and what significance they have
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers break a curse, celebrate in odd ways, and leave Lebron with what legacy exactly? 
  • Are iPod sermons good for listeners or unhelpful?
Jun 20, 2016

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

  • Why don't men sing in church? Is it the music, dudes being dudes, or something else?
  • Why do parents make excuses for their awful children? 
  • What were their favorite cartoons as children?
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