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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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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?
Jun 13, 2016

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted Kluck, Ronnie Martin, and Barnabas Piper do something unusual - they take on a really serious topic, rape culture. We go on to take on a couple fun topics too, but that one serious topic was one we felt needed to be addressed.

  • Rape culture: how can a phrase like this even exist, where did it come from, and what can be done about it?
  • Why aren't there daddy blogs the way there are mommy blogs?
  • Memories of Christian summer camp
Jun 6, 2016

In this episode of the Happy Rant Podcast Ted Kluck, Ronnie Martin, and Barnabas Piper take on three of the HOTTEST topics of recent days, topics so hot only experts can handle them. Well, experts and anyone with a Twitter handle. 

  • So a gorilla was shot and the internet went . . . ape over it. Why is this a thing?
  • A "youth leader in the home church movement" called John Piper and Russell Moore satanists for their views on minority adoption and tagged Barnabas in the post. His thoughts?
  • Should we be protesting and picketing Target for their decision on who can or can't use which bathrooms? 
May 30, 2016

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted Kluck, Ronnie Martin, and Barnabas Piper bring you a particularly delightful episode for this long weekend. They rant about the following.

  • Why do we celebrate everything our kids do? First grade "graduation", finishing dinner - everything gets a "Good job, buddy!"
  • Dogs are not children. There, it is said. And that means your dog is not your child.
  • What's the deal with tract evangelism? Is it still around? Might it make a comeback with the retro-loving hipster crowd? 
May 23, 2016

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted Kluck, Ronnie Martin, and Barnabas Piper take on some of the toughest etiquette questions you listeners had to offer. These are just some of the topics they sort out on your behalf. 

  • Proper physical affection
  • Texting and social media while with others
  • Texting vs. calling
  • Eye contact while conversing 
May 16, 2016

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted Kluck and Barnabas Piper rant about the following while Ronnie grinds away on the C- conference tour.

  • Don't know if you heard, but D.C. Talk, that legendary CCM group, has announced a comeback . . . cruise. So of *course* we ranted about it.
  • What's the deal with trigger warnings that ridiculous amount of sensitivity and thin skin that demands them? How does Ted handle this as a professor?
  • Are some email sign-offs more holy than others? Why do some people drop a Sola Fide in there while others only use "blessings"?
May 9, 2016

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted Kluck and Barnabas Piper rant about the following while Ronnie posts beach photos from a well-earned vacation.

  • Why don't men realize how awkward it is when they publicly declare their wives to be HOT?
  • How is accountability supposed to work? Is it a weekly meeting? Is it mutual flagellation? Might there be a better way?
  • What is the difference between sarcasm, snark, and satire and what is the place for each?
May 2, 2016

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

  • How did the death of celebrities become a game of "I'm sadder than you"? The internet grieving is over the top.
  • Why is it that followers are ALWAYS craze than the leaders they follow? They take a strong statement and turn into a bizarre mantra or a nuanced view and turn it into a concrete law.
  • Unpopular opinions - Sincere people, In 'n Out Burger, and more
Apr 25, 2016

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

  • What in the world is wrong with people? The college students in this video are incapable of declaring obvious truths for the fear of offending people. Of course, we might be afraid of offending them by airing our true opinions too. 
  • What are we supposed to do with big-platform ministries that seem, pretty obviously, to be ruining pastors? Is the platform sinful? Is it just a good ol' boys club? What should our response be?
  • Big announcement, or rather, big tease - we are planning to have a LIVE HAPPY RANT in October in Louisville. We discuss some details and more are to come.
Apr 18, 2016

In this episode of the Happy Rant podcast Ted and Barnabas rant about the following while Ronnie is off fretting for his life and hoping to survive a week from conference hell.

  • Barnabas offers an on-site recap of Together for the Gospel, sartorial stylings and all.
  • The humor and awkwardness of singles ministries, not to mention some fantastically awful names for them
  • What is each host working on now? A book? A screenplay? A new album? 

 

Apr 11, 2016

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

  • D'Angelo Russell, a Los Angeles Lakers rookie, has been blasted in the media for breaking "bro code" by recording a video of a team mate admitting to cheating on his fiancee. But which is the real brach of code - filming or cheating or both?
  • In recent years pregnancy announcements and gender reveal parties have become a cottage industry. What is this insanity?
  • Why do churches - especially mega churches - feel the need to come up with pithy sermon titles and clever promotional plans? 
Apr 4, 2016

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

  • What's the deal with church doing huge, expensive "helicopter drops" and Easter egg hunts in celebration of Easter? Do they actually work for getting people to attend? 
  • DRISKY BUSINESS - John MacArthur claimed that Mark Driscoll paved the way for Donald Trump? Is this crazy or crazy like a fox?
  • Can Christian comedians really be funny or does the need to be edgy and controversial rule them out? 
Mar 28, 2016

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas take on the following while Ronnie was off preparing for the Easter Egg hunt or something.

  • Which sports teams are the most unlikeable and why?
  • What is "expert" these days? It seems like anyone can just claim the title.
  • What is "solidarity and why do we stand in it? And if we do so on Twitter does it make a difference to the people across the world?
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