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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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. 

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)

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