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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May 29, 2017

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie and Barnabas actually explore some rather unhappy topics.

  • The rising trend of college students walking out of their own commencement.
  • When America is as healthy and wealthy as it has ever been why are there SO many books and messages being offered about fighting dissatisfaction? What are people so dissatisfied with?
  • What's with the rising trend of people responding "F*** _____" to anything or anyone they don't like - cancer, politicians, terrorists, etc.?

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May 19, 2017

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

  • Negative reviews left on iTunes - apparently we are arrogant, dismissive, left-leaning, nominal Christians. And we discuss things that don't matter.
  • Barnabas Recaps the Boyce College commencement
  • If one gets invited to speak at a Commencement does that mean he has arrived?
  • We share books, music, movies, and TV shows we've been enjoying recently

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May 15, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Barnabas, and Ronnie take on some tricky topics and some nostalgic ones too.

  • How does one talk circumcision with kids when reading the Bible?
  • Ronnie tells of his epic childhood vacations to the Astro motel.
  • Barnabas taks about family vacations to denominational meetings and to visit amily
  • Another round of What Are People Even Doing?


May 8, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant podcast Ted, Barnabas, and Ronnie respond to some listener feedback and answer a couple pressing questions.

  • Are we simply "mean girls, except reformed guys" as one disgruntled former listener said?
  • Why do people feel compelled to announce their departure from a free source of entertainment?
  • What does "calling mean" and why do people use it so frequently?
  • Tim Tebow won an award . . . for being an author. So of course we ranted about it.

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May 1, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas do what they do - rant about a couple things that only sort of matter and a few things that do too.

  • What is it that drives us to unfollow people online?
  • When can people leave church?
  • Why do pastors get called to larger, better churches but congregants can't?
  • A really poor choice in photographs by some seminary professors

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Apr 26, 2017

In this special bonus episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas break down the NFL draft and give their impressions of the NBA playoffs thus far. 

  • Top draft prospects at each position
  • Mock draft of the top 10
  • NBA playoff thoughts
  • NBA MVP thoughts

This episode also highlights a film Ted wrote and co-produced, Silverdome. They are raising funds for post-production costs. You can donate HERE if you are a good person and so inclined!

Apr 24, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas tackle a number of the most pressing topics in the news and on their minds. Ronnie was called away (seriously) moments before the show to attend to a pastoral matter, so he was unable to join them in their lively ranting. 

  • Should Christians try to build a platform? If so how can we do this well?
  • Bill O’Reilly’s firing and how some evangelicals defend him
  • Objectification of women in media
  • What are people even doing? A new segment  in which we ask “what are people even doing?” about various things that drive us nuts. This episode features children’s birthday parties, bad NFL decisions, and Chick Fil A fear.
Apr 17, 2017

In this week's episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Barnabas, and Ronnie touch on the most pressing and contentious issues of the week. They even battle through bad hotel wi-fi connections because Ted is big time and traveling to exotic places, like Ohio. 

  • United Airline's treatment of passengers, particularly their unique way of "reaccommodating" passengers forcefully 
  • Our worst travel experiences
  • Why Hitler should just never be brought into public discourse or compared to anyone ever anywhere
  • Easter Plans and eggstravaganzas




Apr 10, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Podcast Ted quizzes Barnabas and Ronnie about The Gospel Coalition's 2017 National conference which both of them attended. Subjects discussed include:

  • How TGC is like summer camp for grown ups
  • Everyone is weird
  • Amazing fan interactions
  • Barnabas and Ronnie's first ever in-person meeting
  • The best and worst speakers
Apr 3, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Podcast Ted Kluck and Barnabas Piper discuss a range of topics from the news to their travels to the world of professional sports. Ronnie sat this one out due to a particularly pastoral week. Here's what he missed

  • Coffee talk
  • Ted asks Barnabas about his recent trip to Israel - the good, the bad, and the NFL opera singer
  • The recent hubbub about "The Billy Graham Rule" and whether it is actually the best way to handle things.
  • Who is the NBA MVP?
  • Which NBA player are you? 
Mar 27, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas discuss one of the most pressing issues facing the church: the awkwardness of pastors in restaurants.

  • Calling servers by name

  • Asking how to pray for servers

  • Praying endlessly

  • Which famous pastor would be the most likely to be this way? 
Mar 20, 2017

Yes, we know the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament are over, but don't you wish you knew how Ronnie picked games? This is how, this entire episode. Just as importantly we have an important announcement about our partnership with laggers Roasters. 

  • Ronnie hates sports
  • Ronnie picks games
  • Ted and Barnabas give commentary and some guidance
  • Bison burgers are delicious
  • Ronnie trolls Ohio

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Mar 13, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas hit on their subjects - Evangelical controversies and conferences.

  • Barnabas gives a recap of two of the weirdest Christian conferences
  • Why do Christians insist on being the best marketing vehicle for things they hate . . . like The Shack?
  • Is it really a big deal that there is, apparently, a gay character in the new Beauty and the Beast movie?
  • And how is that any different than the cartoon?
Mar 6, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas are back to their usual rantiness. All is well again and the evangelical world has delivered subjects on a sterling silver platter.

  • Who is Michael Gungor and why is everyone so enraged at his tweets?
  • We will indeed be offering Happy Rant Coffee in the near future
  • The spectacle of The Oscars and why anyone should care
  • Can evangelicalism survive the departure of Tim Keller?
  • Who will the next Timmy K. be?
  • Why doesn't the reformed world do the red carpet thing?


Mar 2, 2017

In a departure from the norm, this episode is not all three hosts ranting about whatever they dang well please. Instead you will get to hear a free chapter from Barnabas Piper's new book, The Curious Christian: How Discovering Wonder Enriches Every Part of Life. Barnabas did the reading himself, and while he's no Jon Hamm or Morgan Freeman he did ok. 


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Feb 27, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas try something a little different with, um, indeterminate results. In honor of Stephen Altrogge's latest podcast they set out to do an episode of "only the better stuff" exceot that Ted's bad day gets in the way. In the end they discuss the following.

  • Creative funks
  • NBA Trade Deadline and NFL Draft
  • Live music
  • Books we like
  • Starting conversations with prominent theologians
  • NBA sports writing 
  • Memory foam mattresses


Feb 20, 2017

In this week's Happy Rant Podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas riff on the following:

  • Thoughts on the Grammys and how they stack up to other awards shows
  • Why the Grammys are actually fun
  • Chance the Rapper's Christian (??) performance
  • Why white evangelicals all claim rap and love it so much now

Since we don't have a real sponsor in this episode Barnabas takes the chance to highlight his forthcoming book, The Curious Christian: How Discovering Wonder Enriches Every part of Life. Visit to to take a fun little evaluation to see what kind of a curious person you are.  

Feb 13, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas rant about two very pressing topics (along with their usual tangents)

  • What does "redemptive" mean when people use it in talking about art?
  • Has "redemptive"  achieved the same level as "gospel" in terms of religious terms without meaning?
  • Would Spurgeon have been a famous preacher without his beard? 
Feb 9, 2017

In today's Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas break down the Super Bowl. Well, they break down the spectacle of the Super Bowl.

  • Lady Gaga's half time performance
  • Political commercials
  • Terrible commercials
  • A big comeback


Feb 6, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas (sans world traveler Ronnie) discuss the following.

  • Signing copies of our books at bookstores and leaving them on the shelf
  • Signing other people's books
  • Celebrity man crushes in movies, music, and sports
  • Postulation about Ronnie's celebrity man crushes 
Feb 1, 2017

In this special, mid-week release, Ted and Barnabas are sans Ronnie since he abhors sports. In this episode they discuss the upcoming Super Bowl with an emphasis on the following:

  • Barnabas's tortured history with the Atlanta Falcons
  • Favorite players on each team to watch, non-star edition
  • Why people do, but shouldn't, hate the Patriots
  • Coaching matchups - Shanahan's offensive genius vs. Belichick's matchup genius
  • Picks for the game
Jan 30, 2017

In this episode of the Happy Rant Podcast Ted, Barnabas, and Ronnie rant about  this, that, and the other thing as usual.

  • Southern Politeness and passive aggressiveness
  • A new movement - #ImWithUs
  • Altrogge’s new podcast . . . again
  • Is ESV the new KJV only?
  • Women’s protesting - good, bad, or otherwise?

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Jan 23, 2017

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

  • Is the Babylon Bee ripping off our jokes?
  • How do we feel about satire in general?
  • Is Satire good for the Church and Christianity?
  • Playoff football observations and picks (once Ronnie heads out)
Jan 16, 2017

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas sit down with a live studio audience of Union University Students to talk about life in college and share some sage advice. The areas of wisdom include:

  • Dating Advice
  • Perspective on stress
  • Finding identity
  • Mix Tapes or CDs
  • Creative endeavors
  • And of course a little Joy Electric mockery


Jan 9, 2017

In an unusually tired and disinterested episode Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas rant half heartedly about the following:

  • TGCs response to women's MMA and Ronda Rousey
  • RHE's twitter fight with TGC about women's MMA
  • Proposed cage matches between TGC and various Twitter opponents
  • Books we started but did not finish

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