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 #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




Episode #136 - Gospel Coalition Recap  

In this episode of The Happy Rant Podcast Ted quizzes Barnabas and Ronnie about The Gospel Coalition's 2017 National conference which both of them attended. Subjects discussed include:

How TGC is like summer camp for grown ups Everyone is weird Amazing fan interactions Barnabas and Ronnie's first ever in-person meeting The best and worst speakers
Episode #135 - Visiting Israel, The Billy Graham Rule, and NBA MVP  

In this episode of The Happy Rant Podcast Ted Kluck and Barnabas Piper discuss a range of topics from the news to their travels to the world of professional sports. Ronnie sat this one out due to a particularly pastoral week. Here's what he missed

Coffee talk Ted asks Barnabas about his recent trip to Israel - the good, the bad, and the NFL opera singer The recent hubbub about "The Billy Graham Rule" and whether it is actually the best way to handle things. Who is the NBA MVP? Which NBA player are you? 
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. 


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