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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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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 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 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
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 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 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 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?
Feb 22, 2016

In this episode Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas discuss the following:

  • A listener takes us to task for our lack of fact checking in a particularly, um, verbose fashion.
  • Why do reformed guys who just love to talk about grace an joy act with so little grace and joy?
  • Is Kanye crazy? Is he a genius? Maybe both? And what about that $53 Million in debt?
Feb 6, 2016

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

  • Why is Cam Newton such a controversial figure? Ted find him insufferable, and Barnabas thinks he's awesome. A debate ensues. 
  • The Super Bowl is a football game, but it's much more - it's a spectacle. What are we gaining and what are we losing because it get's bigger and shinier every year?
  • "Think piece" is a pejorative term for an opinion article, and the hosts discuss the good, the bad, the ugly, and the ridiculous of think pieces. 
Jan 18, 2016

Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas take on listener-submitted "would you rather questions such as the following: 

  • Would you rather talk predestination with a college undergrad or a Kindergartener?
  • Would you rather only be able to wear 90's Christian t-shirts or have to sport a man bun?

  • Would you rather have sat courtside to see Michael Jordan or have been in the front row for Michael Jackson?

These are just a sampling, so tune in for the full, tense, agonizing discussion. 

Dec 28, 2015

- Ronnie opens up about his post Christmas depression (PCD) 

- When should star athletes or performers retire - Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant, Bono, Paul McCartney, etc.?

- What do we think about New Year's resolutions and if we make any, what are they?

Nov 16, 2015

What's the deal with people ranting about red cups and ranting about ranting about red cups. We respond by ranting about ranting about ranting about red cups.

We read through some iTunes reviews and discover that Homeschooling saves lives.

We discuss the uprising at the University of Missouri and, being white and reformed(ish) tell you precisely how to feel and think about it. 

Jun 28, 2015

In this episode, Stephen, Ted, and Barnabas discuss: A new "Gut Check With Ted Kluck", How to finish a project when you run out of momentum, whether there should be any difference between Christian and secular marketing. 

Jan 15, 2015

In this episode of The Happy Rant, Stephen, Ted, and Barnabas cheerfully rant about:

 
Athletes we would love to have on our team but would probably want to fight if they were on the other team. Whether or not we need to respond to every online controversy. 
The problem with focusing on platform building.
Jan 2, 2015

In this episode of The Happy Rant, Stephen, Ted, and Barnabas cheerfully rant about:

  • The good, bad, and ugly of making New Year's resolutions. 
  • Our favorite books and albums of 2014. 
  • What to make of the Jim Harbaugh to Michigan fiasco. 
Dec 3, 2014

In this episode, Stephen, Ted, and Barnabas cheerfully rant about:

  • What really matters in the young earth creation debate. 
  • The increasing explosion of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 
  • The Ever Increasing Onslaught of the Christmas Season
Nov 18, 2014

In this episode, Stephen, Ted, and Barnabas discuss:

  • What biographies are really worth reading, and why some biographies stink. 
  • Is it okay to root for a sports team who is made up of unsavory characters?
  • What determines whether or not a book will actually last. 
Oct 30, 2014

In this episode, Stephen, Ted, and Barnabas rant about:

  • Ted's brilliant new book, MEGA, which is a satire of all things platform related. 
  • Whether Christian conferences actually do any good. 
  • The relationship between Christians and Halloween
Oct 29, 2014

In this episode of The Happy Rant, Stephen, Ted, and Barnabas rant about:

  • Should a young person get a tattoo? What if that young person is a pastor's kid? 
  • Is the Democratic party anti-God? Why does John MacArthur refer to them as anti-God?
  • When should a parents let their kids start dating? 
Oct 12, 2014

In this episode of The Happy Rant, Stephen, Ted, and Barnabas discuss:

  • Whether there is any place for publicity stunts in the church. (Think Ed Young!!!)
  • Whether or not the nature of "scandals" in the church has changed in the last 20 years. 
  • Why everyone is so obssessed with the apocalypse.
Oct 1, 2014

In this episode, Stephen, Ted, and Barnabas discuss:

  • The Lecrae phenomenon, including Lecrae's #1 Billboard album. 
  • The Left Behind reboot, and Nicholas Cage movies in general. 
  • How to make wise media choices with our kids. 
  • And many other brilliant topics. 
Sep 20, 2014

In this episode, Stephen, Ted, and Barnabas rant about:

  • Our response to our first piece of semi-hate mail. 
  • Does social media turn everything into a contest? 
  • Is it good advice to tell kids to follow their dreams? 
  • Fiction worth reading...
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