The Happy Rant

The Happy Rant

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Barnabas Piper, Ted Kluck, and Ronnie Martin cheerfully rant about all the things that don't matter all that much.

Episodes

Episode #156 - Charlottesville, God Things, and Self Care  

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas cover a huge range from the most (genuinely) serious to the ranty and absurd.

The church's response the events in Charlottesville, both good and bad How should we respond to racial conflict and overt racism? What exactly is a "God thing" and why to Christians insist on using this phrase? Is "self-care" a good thing? Is it just another excuse to be self-absorbed? 
Episode #155 - New Tattoos, Smartphones Ruining Kids, and Overrated Actors  

In this episode of the Happy Rant podcast Ted and Barnabas manage sans Ronnie and discuss the following:

The joys of minor league baseball Their new tattoos and the stories behind them (Don't worry - it's PG) Are smart phones really ruining kids or are we being doomsday and overwrought about this? Overrated and underrated actors and some who are properly rated too.
Episode #154 - Pastors as Candy Bars, Hip Hop Beef, and Personality Tests  

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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Episode #153 - Bieber the Church Planter, Worst Sermons, and Altar Calls  

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

Feedback from kind fans Justin Bieber cancelling a tour for the sake of planting a church What kind of church planter would Bieber be? The worst messages we've ever preached. The awkwardness of altar calls (especially at messages we've preached)

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Episode #152 - Acts 29 Goes Gala, Bucket List Items, and More  

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas do what they always do - taken the quirks and oddities of evangelicalism and culture.

Acts 29, famous for aggressive manly preachers and faux lumberjacks hosted a gala at a nice hotel Why do Pastor's need special retreats and vacations? What are our personal bucket list items? 
Episode #151 - Eugene Peterson and What Are People Even Doing?  

In this episode of the Happy Rant Podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas exhibit their breadth and depth of ranting ability by tackling the week's most pressing topic and a few that are rather mundane too. 

Eugene Peterson and the Merritt-orious interview Why do people insist on just writing him off? What are People Even doing wearing pajamas on planes and eating like toddlers at dinner parties.
Episode #150 - Patriotic Church, Paul Giamatti, Celebrity Encounters, and Camping  

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas overcome the challenges of worldwide and domestic travel to bring you the typical ranty goodness.

Churches and patriotic church services The reformed church tradition of anti-patriotism Barnabas holding the door for Paul Giamatti Other celebrity encounters Ronnie's first camping experience in 23 years
Episode #149 - Therapy, Ben Sasse, and Adult Gamers  

In this episode of The Happy Rant podcast the hosts are all back together again for a delightful reunion. They find their stride and get right back to discussing pressing topics like the following:

LIVE IN LOUISVILLE IS HAPPENING What's with the therapy episodes (as per a former host)? Why do reformed folks LOVE Ben Sasse so much? Our favorite old school video games Adult gamers

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Episode #148 - The Ted Kluck Story  

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted takes his turn sharing stories. Barnabas interviews him about his life and becoming a writer and teacher. Some of the highlights and topics they hit on include:

Sports biographies and George Plimpton Accidentally finding his way to writing Poetry performances by a woman in a red dress Being a junk mail copy writer Sports writing for ESPN Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield stories Emergent church and Kevin DeYoung Self confidence vs. ego That guy in your MFA
Episode #147 - Being John Piper's Son and What PKs Face  

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ronnie interviews Barnabas about being John Piper's son and what some of the challenges of being a ministry kid in the spotlight are. They cover the following:

When was it obvious that dad was famous? Famous theologians over for dinner Weird experiences with weird fans Pressures PKs face

 

Episode #146 - CCM Tales from the Road with Ronnie Martin  

In this episode of The Happy Rant Barnabas sits down with Ronnie, he of Joy Electric fame, to talk about life as a CCM artist. They cover tons of ground, including the following.

How Ronnie started The business of CCM Dropping Names including Audio Adrenaline, Petra, and Stryper Crazy Fans (including a spitting incident) Playing Festivals Playing Youth Groups Being divas
Episode#145 - Keller's Sermon Notes, Adult Best Friends, and Summertime Pressure  

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

Tim Keller's INSANE sermon notes Should adults have "best" friends? What does "best friend" even mean? That weird pressure to have the perfect summer

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Episode #144 - Commencement Walkouts, Dissatisfaction, and F Everything  

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie and Barnabas actually explore some rather unhappy topics.

The rising trend of college students walking out of their own commencement. When America is as healthy and wealthy as it has ever been why are there SO many books and messages being offered about fighting dissatisfaction? What are people so dissatisfied with? What's with the rising trend of people responding "F*** _____" to anything or anyone they don't like - cancer, politicians, terrorists, etc.?

Our sponsor this week is Missional Wear, the provider of all of The Happy Rant's awesome swag - coffee tumblers, pint glasses, t-shirts, coffee mugs, moleskin notebooks, and more. With Father's Day coming up now is the perfect chance to get sweet gifts for the dads in your life. Just visit Missionalwear.com/happyrant, pick the perfect gifts, and use the code RANT to get $10 off any purchase of $50 or more. They will even throw in a free Happy Rant sticker for you. 

Episode #143 - Hater Reviews, Commencement Speeches, and Book/Movie Recs  

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

Negative reviews left on iTunes - apparently we are arrogant, dismissive, left-leaning, nominal Christians. And we discuss things that don't matter. Barnabas Recaps the Boyce College commencement If one gets invited to speak at a Commencement does that mean he has arrived? We share books, music, movies, and TV shows we've been enjoying recently

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Episode #142 - Talking Circumcision with Kids, Vacation Stories, & What Are People Even Doing?  

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Barnabas, and Ronnie take on some tricky topics and some nostalgic ones too.

How does one talk circumcision with kids when reading the Bible? Ronnie tells of his epic childhood vacations to the Astro motel. Barnabas taks about family vacations to denominational meetings and to visit amily Another round of What Are People Even Doing?

 

Episode #141 - Reformed Mean Girls, What does calling mean, and Tebow the Author  

In this episode of The Happy Rant podcast Ted, Barnabas, and Ronnie respond to some listener feedback and answer a couple pressing questions.

Are we simply "mean girls, except reformed guys" as one disgruntled former listener said? Why do people feel compelled to announce their departure from a free source of entertainment? What does "calling mean" and why do people use it so frequently? Tim Tebow won an award . . . for being an author. So of course we ranted about it.

Big thanks to the Christian Standard Bible for sponsoring the podcast. if you are a pastor (and ONLY a pastor) you can get a free review copy of this bible to check out and consider using for your church at https://csbible.com/review/. To learn more about the translation and the editions available visit CSBible.com.

Episode #140 - Leaving a Church, Unfollowing People, and a Really Bad Photo  

In this episode of The Happy Rant Podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas do what they do - rant about a couple things that only sort of matter and a few things that do too.

What is it that drives us to unfollow people online? When can people leave church? Why do pastors get called to larger, better churches but congregants can't? A really poor choice in photographs by some seminary professors

This week the podcast is sponsored by the Christian Standard Bible. If you are looking for a bible that is both readable and accurate this is the one. It maintains the familiarity of passages you love while bringing the language of the text to life in a fresh way. Visit CSBible.com to learn more. 

Episode #139 - NFL Draft and NBA Playoffs  

In this special bonus episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas break down the NFL draft and give their impressions of the NBA playoffs thus far. 

Top draft prospects at each position Mock draft of the top 10 NBA playoff thoughts NBA MVP thoughts

This episode also highlights a film Ted wrote and co-produced, Silverdome. They are raising funds for post-production costs. You can donate HERE if you are a good person and so inclined!

Episode #138 - Platform Building, Bill O'Reilly, and What Are People Even Doing  

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas tackle a number of the most pressing topics in the news and on their minds. Ronnie was called away (seriously) moments before the show to attend to a pastoral matter, so he was unable to join them in their lively ranting. 

Should Christians try to build a platform? If so how can we do this well? Bill O’Reilly’s firing and how some evangelicals defend him Objectification of women in media What are people even doing? A new segment  in which we ask “what are people even doing?” about various things that drive us nuts. This episode features children’s birthday parties, bad NFL decisions, and Chick Fil A fear.
Episode #137 - Travel Woes, Talking Hitler, and Easter Eggstravaganzas  

In this week's episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Barnabas, and Ronnie touch on the most pressing and contentious issues of the week. They even battle through bad hotel wi-fi connections because Ted is big time and traveling to exotic places, like Ohio. 

United Airline's treatment of passengers, particularly their unique way of "reaccommodating" passengers forcefully  Our worst travel experiences Why Hitler should just never be brought into public discourse or compared to anyone ever anywhere Easter Plans and eggstravaganzas

 

 

 

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