The Happy Rant

The Happy Rant


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


Episode #134 - Awkward Pastors in Restaurants  

In this episode of The Happy Rant Podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas discuss one of the most pressing issues facing the church: the awkwardness of pastors in restaurants.

Calling servers by name

Asking how to pray for servers

Praying endlessly

Which famous pastor would be the most likely to be this way? 
Episode #133 - Bracketology with Ronnie  

Yes, we know the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament are over, but don't you wish you knew how Ronnie picked games? This is how, this entire episode. Just as importantly we have an important announcement about our partnership with laggers Roasters. 

Ronnie hates sports Ronnie picks games Ted and Barnabas give commentary and some guidance Bison burgers are delicious Ronnie trolls Ohio WE HAVE COFFEE FOR SALE

Visit to learn more, order your coffee, and get some sweet mugs from Missional Wear to drink from. 

Episode #132 - The Shack, Gay Beauty and the Beast, and Another Christian Conference Update  

In this episode of The Happy Rant Podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas hit on their subjects - Evangelical controversies and conferences.

Barnabas gives a recap of two of the weirdest Christian conferences Why do Christians insist on being the best marketing vehicle for things they hate . . . like The Shack? Is it really a big deal that there is, apparently, a gay character in the new Beauty and the Beast movie? And how is that any different than the cartoon?
Episode #131 - Gungor, The Oscars, and Surviving without Tim Keller  

In this episode of The Happy Rant podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas are back to their usual rantiness. All is well again and the evangelical world has delivered subjects on a sterling silver platter.

Who is Michael Gungor and why is everyone so enraged at his tweets? We will indeed be offering Happy Rant Coffee in the near future The spectacle of The Oscars and why anyone should care Can evangelicalism survive the departure of Tim Keller? Who will the next Timmy K. be? Why doesn't the reformed world do the red carpet thing?


Happy Rant Bonus Episode - The Curious Christian  

In a departure from the norm, this episode is not all three hosts ranting about whatever they dang well please. Instead you will get to hear a free chapter from Barnabas Piper's new book, The Curious Christian: How Discovering Wonder Enriches Every Part of Life. Barnabas did the reading himself, and while he's no Jon Hamm or Morgan Freeman he did ok. 


Christian Audio, who produced the audiobook, has partnered with us to make this available for your listening enjoyment AND to give a special offer. Through the end of March if you can get The Curious Christian audiobook for 50% off through Just use the code HAPPYRANT at checkout and you will be spending less (under $7) than you would to get full at Chick fil A.

Episode #130 - Only The Better Stuff and Some Days are Bad Days  

In this episode of The Happy Rant podcast Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas try something a little different with, um, indeterminate results. In honor of Stephen Altrogge's latest podcast they set out to do an episode of "only the better stuff" exceot that Ted's bad day gets in the way. In the end they discuss the following.

Creative funks NBA Trade Deadline and NFL Draft Live music Books we like Starting conversations with prominent theologians NBA sports writing  Memory foam mattresses


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 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. 


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

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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, 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 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

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And of course we ought to remind you of the incredible opportunity to bedazzle your life with Happy Rant swag. Go to, 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.

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