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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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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?
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 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 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
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 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 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?
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 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 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 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? 
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?
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 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. 
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 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. 

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