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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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. 

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 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?

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)

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. 

Nov 9, 2015

A new co-host is welcomed.

Why do "gospel-cetnered" people make so many new laws?

Why are all 30-something white guys expected to like whiney, Ryan Adams-y music?

Why are all professional sports coaches are loathe to take risks and try new things even when it makes sense?

Nov 2, 2015

Stephen officially announces his retirement from the podcast. Are adult Halloween parties acceptable? When is it okay to adopt a sports team as your own? 

Oct 25, 2015

A special visit from Chaz Marriot! Draft Kings and Fan Duel insanity. Why our society needs losers like the Cubs. 

Oct 8, 2015

Should Christians use curse words? What are the best, worst, and dumbest unwritten sports rules? What artists should cover other artists, like Ryan Adams did with Taylor Swift? 

Oct 1, 2015

What's the deal with the Pope? Why are celebrity pastors reviled but the Pope gets a free pass? What pastors are like NFL coaches? What are Ted, Stephen, and Barnabas reading these days? 

Sep 17, 2015

It's time for the first ever HAPPY RANT CCM TOUR. Are you ready for all the incredible goodness we've got packed in???

Sep 6, 2015

What are we to make of "squishy" church statements? Do Christians actually like Donald Trump? 2015 NFL predictions. 

Aug 28, 2015

Does the Mark Driscoll comeback matter? Ted delivers the WORST radio interview ever. Do gender neutral toy aisles make any difference to Ted, Stephen, or Barnabas? 

Aug 18, 2015

In this episode, Stephen, Ted, and Barnabas cheerfully rant about: the hilarious development of Sesame Street being on HBO, tips for new college students, and which pastors would make the best presidents. 

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