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 #129 - The Grammys, Chance the Rapper, and Why Christians Love Hip Hop  

In this week's Happy Rant Podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas riff on the following:

Thoughts on the Grammys and how they stack up to other awards shows Why the Grammys are actually fun Chance the Rapper's Christian (??) performance Why white evangelicals all claim rap and love it so much now

Since we don't have a real sponsor in this episode Barnabas takes the chance to highlight his forthcoming book, The Curious Christian: How Discovering Wonder Enriches Every part of Life. Visit CuriousChristianBook.com to to take a fun little evaluation to see what kind of a curious person you are.  

Episode #128 - What is "redemptive" and Beardless Spurgeon  

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas rant about two very pressing topics (along with their usual tangents)

What does "redemptive" mean when people use it in talking about art? Has "redemptive"  achieved the same level as "gospel" in terms of religious terms without meaning? Would Spurgeon have been a famous preacher without his beard? 
Happy Rant #127 - Super Bowl, Home Boy - Talking Commercials, Gaga, and Football  

In today's Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas break down the Super Bowl. Well, they break down the spectacle of the Super Bowl.

Lady Gaga's half time performance Political commercials Terrible commercials A big comeback

 

Happy Rant #126 - Books Signings and Celebrity Man Crushes  

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas (sans world traveler Ronnie) discuss the following.

Signing copies of our books at bookstores and leaving them on the shelf Signing other people's books Celebrity man crushes in movies, music, and sports Postulation about Ronnie's celebrity man crushes 
Happy Rant #125 - Special Sports Episode - Talking Super Bowl  

In this special, mid-week release, Ted and Barnabas are sans Ronnie since he abhors sports. In this episode they discuss the upcoming Super Bowl with an emphasis on the following:

Barnabas's tortured history with the Atlanta Falcons Favorite players on each team to watch, non-star edition Why people do, but shouldn't, hate the Patriots Coaching matchups - Shanahan's offensive genius vs. Belichick's matchup genius Picks for the game
Happy Rant #124 - Southern Politeness, ESV Only, and Women Protesting  

In this episode of the Happy Rant Podcast Ted, Barnabas, and Ronnie rant about  this, that, and the other thing as usual.

Southern Politeness and passive aggressiveness A new movement - #ImWithUs Altrogge’s new podcast . . . again Is ESV the new KJV only? Women’s protesting - good, bad, or otherwise?

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Happy Rant #123 - Babylon Bee, Satire, and Playoff Football  

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

Is the Babylon Bee ripping off our jokes? How do we feel about satire in general? Is Satire good for the Church and Christianity? Playoff football observations and picks (once Ronnie heads out)
Happy Rant #122: Life in College - Dating, Mix Tapes, Chasing Dreams, and More  

In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas sit down with a live studio audience of Union University Students to talk about life in college and share some sage advice. The areas of wisdom include:

Dating Advice Perspective on stress Finding identity Mix Tapes or CDs Creative endeavors And of course a little Joy Electric mockery

 

Happy Rant #121 - TGC, Rousey, Proposed Cage Matches, and Books We Didn't Finish  

In an unusually tired and disinterested episode Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas rant half heartedly about the following:

TGCs response to women's MMA and Ronda Rousey RHE's twitter fight with TGC about women's MMA Proposed cage matches between TGC and various Twitter opponents Books we started but did not finish

Thank you to our sponsors, Logos Bible Software and Resonate Recordings

Happy Rant #120 - Pastor's Kids & Christmas and Seriously, 2016?"  

In the first episode of what promises (we hope) to be a better year than last Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas discuss the following:

Trips to Israel Jon Acuff's Tweet about Pastors' Kids leaving the faith because of too many Christmas services 2016 and people's overwrought reactions to it Various and sundry other wanderings.
Happy Rant #119 - The Top 10 Things of 2016  

This is our final podcast of 2016, so we will end it the way every savvy blogger or online platform builder ends their year - with a top 10 list designed to impress you, the listener, with our impressive observations and accomplishments. 

OR we will list things we kind of enjoyed. 

Enjoy. 

Happy Rant #118 - Kanye & Trump, RHE and Tim Keller, and the Worst Christmas Carols ever  

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas tackle the pressings of the pressing topics for your listening pleasure, information, and edification. Or something like that.

Asking celebrity pastors for money Kanye and Trump: a match made in heaven, or the other place RHE trolling Tim Keller on Twitter - or did she *really* not understand him? Our least favorite Christmas carols

As always, this episode is brought to you by Resonate Recordings. Mark and Jake do a phenomenal job with a whole range of audio services and have saved our bacon more than once (like this week). Check them out at ResonateRecordings.com.

Happy Rant #117 -  

In this episode of The Happy Rant podcast Barnabas, Ted, and Ronnie do the usual: tackle pressing, urgent, annoying, amusing, and timely topics.

Christmas parades - predictably Barnabas despises them, but what about Ronnie, the Christmas Elf? The awkwardness of Erectile Dysfunction ads, especially with kids in the room The pressure people feel to represent themselves as something online - not falsely, but the expectations to respond, like, follow, etc. in certain ways in order to be seen a certain way.

And of course we ought to remind you of the incredible opportunity to bedazzle your life with Happy Rant swag. Go to MissionalWear.com, search "Happy Rant" and load up on the awesome gear they have put together featuring our logo.

We also want to thank the guys at Resonate Recordings who do all our editing and mastering. If you are looking for audio help with podcasts, sermons, etc go to ResonateRecordings.com to check them out. They do fantastic work.

Happy Rant #116 - Furtick's Mic, Friday Night Lights, and The Happy Rant Cartel  

In this week's episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas unpack and suss out a number of pressing topics

Steven Furtick's microphone - game show host or rapper? Introducing Ronnie to Friday Night Lights What the heck is a "coach" anyway? They used to wear whistles and lead teams on to the field. Now they use flip charts and lead "teams" in conference rooms. Cohorts, summits, conferences, colloquiums and more? The Happy Rant Cartel

BIG thank you to our lead sponsor for this episode - a new Bible study for students from Renae Adelsberger. Who Is This Man is a 60-day interactive study walking through the book of Mark. It is in-depth and applicable while also giving users a chance to explore scripture with each other and with creativity. This study effectively opens students eyes to Jesus and shows them how to study scripture well. It is available at Amazon or at Renae's website, PedestrianGod.com (group/bulk discounts available too).

And of course we ought to remind you of the incredible opportunity to bedazzle your life with Happy Rant swag. Go to MissionalWear.com, search "Happy Rant" and load up on the awesome gear they have put together featuring our logo. Use the code "Rant" for discounts and specials.

Happy Rant #115 - Hipster Craft Fairs, Booing Pence, and Leaving Evangelicalism  

This episode of The Happy Rant brings about a significant first - the first time Ted and Barnabas have ever set foot in the same room and at the Baptist Mecca itself - LifeWay Christian Resources. The chemistry is astounding, like Woodward and Bernstein or the showtime Lakers. They cover such wide ranging topics as the following:

Barnabas's baby face and/or aging gracefully Ronnie's trip to a hipster craft fair Was the booing of Mike Pence at Hamilton really a big deal? Who likes musicals any how and if Ronnie could star in one what would his role be? The trend of leaving evangelicalism - what does it mean and does it make any sense?

And of course we ought to remind you of the incredible opportunity to bedazzle your life with Happy Rant swag. Go to MissionalWear.com, search "Happy Rant" and load up on the awesome gear they have put together featuring our logo. Use the code "Rant" for discounts and specials.

Happy Rant #114 - WE'VE GOT SWAG and Various Sartorial Tips  

In this episode of The Happy Rant podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas celebrate a major business agreement coming to fruition with missional Wear in the form of swag to the nines, life changing swag, heart warming swag, coffee drinking swag, public display swag. They also discuss the following:

T-Shirt style preferences Christian Celebrities and their haircuts A potential episode for "Designed Person" based on D.A. Carson, his barber, and his barber's apprentice Dealing with thinning hair

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Happy Rant #113 - TGC vs. T4G Royal Rumble (Double Feature Part 2)  

Today we are releasing two episodes, one for those who want more election and Trump talk and one for those who downright sick of it and want more happy and less ranty. Of course you're welcome to listen to both, and we encourage you to do so!

In this, the second episode, we make up for all the politics by planning a TGC vs. T4G Royal Rumble. Who would Win? Who would be the champions, the managers, the up-and-comers. Listen to find out!

Happy Rant #112 - Election Results (Double Feature Part 1)  

Today we are releasing two episodes, one for those who want more election and Trump talk and one for those who downright sick of it and want more happy and less ranty. Of course you're welcome to listen to both, and we encourage you to do so!

In this, the first episode, we discuss the downfall of America, the end of the world, and whose fault it is. Or rather, the election of Donald Trump as president.

Happy Rant #111 - Jesus Juking Game 7, Jen Hatmaker, and a Jack Chick Chick Flick  

In this episode Ted Kluck, Ronnie Martin, and Barnabas Piper rant about only the most pressing of issues:

Jesus juking the Cubs' victory in the world series

Consoling Cleveland fans (You still have LeBron)

The Jen Hatmaker kerfuffle (also: Barnabas tries not to get electrocuted by LifeWay HQ)

Ronnie and Ted's love for Tiny Houses

Jack Chick chick flick - the film we've all been missing

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Happy Rant #110 - Beards & Bibles, Casting Ronnie, and Fit Pastors  

In this episode Ted Kluck, Ronnie Martin, and Barnabas Piper rant about pressing and sundry topics such as:

Bourbon, Beards, and Bibles - i.e. the Sojourn pastor's conference and Ronnie's hipster festivities there. Casting Ronnie as a small town mayor in the newly minted show Designated Person. The listener suggestions are myriad and amusing. Fit pastors: those who insist on sharing their entire workout routine via photo and video and sometimes whole staffs that workout together. Coining the term "Evangelifriends" and putting it to good use.
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