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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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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?
Mar 14, 2016

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

  • Andy Stanley said parents who take their kids to small churches are selfish, and we just had to take that on.
  • For some reason a game called Settlers of Katan is a Christian cult classic, and yes that is an oxymoron. What's the del with this?
  • Which shows have we enjoyed binge watching recently? 
Mar 7, 2016

In this, the 77th episode of the Happy Rant, Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas discuss the following:

  • All things Oscars from Chris Rock's monologue to Leo's acceptance speech to the absurdity of an academy awarding itself.
  • A listener question about the morality of supporting the NFL and the hypocrisy therein.
  • Is it ok for Christians not to vote? Is it a sin to stay home on polling day?
Feb 29, 2016

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

  • Unpopular Opinions about books - in what will likely become a recurring bit the hosts each share one unpopular opinion about books. Beware Cs.S. Lewis and John Piper fans, you may come away unhappy.
  • How can we call music excellent that is profane? A listener sent in this question after our previous praise of Kanye West.
  • TRUMP & HILLARY! HILLARY & TRUMP! We discuss the madness that is the current politic response among Christians and what might, maybe be a better way. 
Feb 1, 2016
  • Comedies are often the most memorable movies. People love them. So why don't they ever win Oscars?
  • If we could go back in time and talk to our 20-year-old selves what advice would we give? And would we even listen to that advice?
  • Churches are not businesses, so how should they use business principles? Or should they at all?
Jan 25, 2016

In this episode you'll notice something new. That intro, so hot right now. We also rant about a few things.

  • What books would be awesome if they were made into movies? And which ones might be  . . . not awesome?
  • What effect is all this helicopter parenting having on kids? Will they be productive members of society? Will they be any earthly good?
  • What's the deal with charities functioning as business? Or is it businesses using charity to market? Why can't charities just be charities? 
Jan 11, 2016

In this episode we try something a little different. Since Ted co-authored a book several years ago called  "Why We're Not Emergent" and since the key players in the Emergent movement keep rearing their heads we figured we'd do a "where are they now?" episode.

We follow up on Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, Doug Pagitt, Dan Kimball, and Brian McLaren to see what they're doing now, what are they teaching now, and what their current hair styles might be. 

We also get an important update from Ronnie on when the heck we'll get a new intro some we can lay the current one to rest with proper honors. 

Jan 6, 2016

- Why are all the Christian singers good looking? Can't ugly people sing too? And what does this tell people about what it takes to be a successful Christian?

- At what point does a pastor's social media posts about his ministry excitement become overkill? 

- A discussion of the proliferation of year-end book lists on blogs - helpful, braggy, or something else?

Dec 21, 2015

- A brief argument about the merits of cats and dogs

- Will our hosts participate in the Star Wars hubbub? Is the hubbub worth all the trouble?

- What are we to do when guys like Jerry Falwell Jr. or Franklin Graham make outlandish statements in response to Muslim extremists?

- Why is gluttony an acceptable sin for Christians, or at least one that never gets discussed?

 

Dec 13, 2015

- Ronnie may not be a "sports fan" but he does have one secret sports love

- Why do evangelical Christians feel so comfortable with Advent and celebrate it so much but kind of weird out about Lent?

- What's the deal with guilty pleasures? Why should anyone feel guilty about enjoying music or movies just because someone in skinny jeans says so? 

- A little bonus chat about who would win the Heisman. Did Ted and Barnabas guess correctly?

Dec 7, 2015

- Get Calvinist swag for Christmas

- The best (and worst) Christmas movies

- Holiday nostalgia

- Strange and wonderful Christmas traditions (especially at the Piper house)

 

Nov 29, 2015

- Why are some Reformed pastors viewed as A listers (Piper, Keller, Chandler) and other are B Listers?

- Who tweets more egregiously on game days, @BarnabasPiper or @JaredCWilson?

- We sponsor our *own* show

Nov 24, 2015

- Rhonda Rousey is a huge star, but would we let our daughters fight like her?

- Can a creative force like M. Night Shyamalan bounce back after such an epic collapse?

- Drisky Business: what is Mark Driscoll up to these days, any how? (and of course we tell you HOW YOU SHOULD FEEL ABOUT IT)

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