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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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Apr 9, 2018

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas close out Ronnie's interminable sabbatical by hashing out the following topics:

  • What do “courage” and “bravery” mean any more?
  • How to respond to one-upmanship - that guy who always has the better story
  • Movies that we used to think are good be aren't so sure any more (or are sure that they suck)
  • What we’re reading
Mar 19, 2018

In this episode of The Happy Rant, Ted and Barnabas continue to slog through Ronnie's sabbatical and bring you their best. This week they rant about the following:

  • Breaking down kiddo, bud, sport, champ, man, bro, and other names men call each other
  • Are bullies so bad? Why does every freak out about them?
  • Writers block - is it real and how do you deal with it?
Mar 12, 2018

While weathering Ronnie's absence, Ted and Barnabas discuss the following:

  • An apology
  • White reformed college dude life
  • Bad movies that we love
  • What we are reading

Feb 26, 2018

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ronnie is sabbaticaling with all his leisurely might, so Ted and Barnabas step up to discuss the following:

  • The infamous ski run that was exactly what Ted hoped for
  • The Black Panther - sorting through they hype and discussing why the movie is actually really good an important
  • How to handle invitations by people who "just want to connect"

 

Feb 6, 2018

In this episode of Happy Rant Sports Ted and Barnabas hone in on the Super Bowl, but not the game itself (since this was recorded before) but on the trappings and history of the game. And they get into other sporty stuff too.

  • Why are conservative churches so weird about the Super Bowl?
  • What are our favorite Super Bowl Moments?
  • How miserable must Blake Griffin be after that trade?
  • A book recommendation
Jan 15, 2018

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas tackle three pressing issues.

  • A list came out of the Top 100 Evangelicals, so of course we had to judge, parse, and otherwise discuss it.
  • Carman, the iconic CCM artist, has moved into life coaching.
  • Why do pastors love the phrase "moralistic therapeutic deism"
Jan 9, 2018

In the inaugural episode of HAPPY RANT SPORTS Ted Kluck and Barnabas Piper discuss the following.

  • What is the correlation between strong QB names and being a strong QB?
  • What QB prospects have the best names this year? (hint: nobody named "Josh")
  • Why is everyone sleeping on Lamar Jackson?
  • NFL Playoffs
Jan 8, 2018

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

  • Pastors marketing sermons series and a Twitter dustup between Barnabas and a few of them
  • All the New Years stuff we didn’t do and what New Years looks like for old dudes
  • What do you do when you don’t like a friend’s creative work?
Jan 5, 2018

Well, was it? Ronnie and Barnabas discuss.

Dec 18, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant, Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas muster all the holiday spirit they can manage and bring you a Christmas miracle. Or at least a Christmas episode.

  • One thing you’d wish for as a gift this year
  • Feelings on Christmas Eve services?
  • Best Christmas movie
  • Best childhood gift
Dec 11, 2017

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

  • Online dating, finding that perfect someone, and whether "Happy Rant Listener" is the perfect dating profile
  • Movies we've seen lately and our opinions of them
  • Great acting careers and *not* great acting careers

 

Dec 4, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas fix some problems, discuss others, and dream big.

  • What would we change about the Thanksgiving holiday if we could (aside from the menu, obviously)?
  • What's with people's obsession with the British royal family and their marital or baby status?
  • If we could be prince how would we roll?
  • Why do pastors plagiarize sermons?
Nov 27, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas hash out some pressing topics ranging from holiday celebrations to serious church matters.

  • What three interesting or famous people would you like to have Thanksgiving dinner with?
  • What item would get you out of bed at midnight to brave the Black Friday Crowds?
  • Should we be waiting in fear for sexual harassment allegations to be exposed in evangelicalism? What will that look like?
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.

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. 

 

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.
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

Visit HappyRantPodcast.com to get your Happy Rant signature roast coffee AAAAAAAaaaaaand to sign up for Live in Louisville, coming this October. 

 

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
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