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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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Nov 20, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ronnie Martin misses his chance for an epic flu game and sits this one with the pukes. That means Ted and Barnabas take on the following topics.

  • Why are complementarian men so bad at talking about women even when they are trying to be supportive and respectful?
  • Which is Worse? A game in which two bad things are compared and we determine which is worse.
  • What we are thankful for
Nov 13, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas are back in the studio but still riding high off Live in Louisville. They rant about the following.

  • Jared C.'s twitter spat with Carl Lentz
  • What is satire? (A question we were forced to answer by a recent misunderstanding about Dougy Wilson)
  • Highlights (and low lights) from Live in Louisville
Nov 3, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas have climbed the mountain, achieved greatness, MADE PODCASTING HISTORY. It is the second 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.

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 23, 2017

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas do as they do and get a little reflective, a little curmudgeonly, a little sarcastic, a little meta, and a little fun. They discuss the following.

  • What is one thing we would change about the holidays?
  • Why even do a podcast if everyone with a social security number is now doing one?
  • What is a favorite childhood memory we always come back to?
Oct 16, 2017

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

  • The other Jarrid Wilson
  • Assigning pulpits to preachers
  • What Ted judges people for
  • If we could write a regular column in one publication all time, what would it be?
  • What we're reading

 

Oct 9, 2017

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

  • Pastor's making points about hell and eternity when guys like Hugh Hefner die
  • How do we describe a person we like? Do we go the celebrity route of "delightful" or "lovely"? Or do we go the "good guy" route?
  • What do we judge other people for enjoying? 
Oct 2, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas hash out some important issues while Ronnie continues his never ending tour of working class cities.

  • Protesting during the national Anthem - people's responses, false accusations, and more
  • Are the protests ruining football?
  • Jemele Hill's comments about Trump and how politics have crossed into entertainment media
  • BUT NO FOOTBALL TALK

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Sep 26, 2017

In this episode of the Happy Rant podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas suss out the following:

  • The story trend- living a story, believing a story, and when story jumped the shark
  • Ted takes a phone call live on the air
  • Bad Seminary advertising
  • Our ideal body types
  • When is "the right time" to talk about controversial issues?

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Sep 18, 2017

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

  • The Whole 30 and other cult diets
  • Whats the thing in your life that causes you to exclaim "Why do I even try?" even though you have to try?
  • Jim Carrey's shift from crazy funny to just plain crazy.
Sep 11, 2017

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted Kluck, Barnabas Piper, and Ronnie Martin rant about a bunch of stuff except the Nashville Statement.

  • Telling your kids it's ok to fail
  • Telling your kids they're bad at stuff
  • What it would've been like to do our respective jobs in 1985
  • What does it take to make a fun reformed podcast?
Sep 4, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie and Barnabas tackle three big issues that hit in recent weeks.

  • Kevin DeYoung's article saying Christian's should not watch Game of Thrones
  • The criticism of Joel Osteen for his church's slowness to help Flood victims
  • Old dudes who think it's counter-cultural to like Taylor Swift

 

Aug 7, 2017

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas do as they always do - suss  out a random variety of church and culture topics of questionable importance.

  • Which pastor is which candy bar - Tim Keller, Matt Chandler, Don Carson, Mark Dever?
  • Shai Lynne and Lecrae are having a Christian hip hop beef. It's like Biggie and Tupac but way nicer. Of course we weighed in.
  • What do we think of personality evaluations like Myers-Briggs, Strengths Finder, and the Enneagram?

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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 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? 
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?
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 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 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?
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 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? 
Mar 21, 2016

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

  • Have all the multi-level marketing schemes and sales messed up church? What would a women's Bible study be without someone selling essential oils?
  • Why do people hate-watch shows? Do the hosts?
  • What books most made the hosts want to write and influenced their writing?
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