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The Happy Rant

with Barnabas Piper, Ronnie Martin and Ted Kluck

The Happy Rant Episodes
Episode #408: Celebrity Deaths, Public Grief, and Hero Worship
September 22, 2022 - 44 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Reacting to the death of Queen Elizabeth
2. Reacting to the reactions to the death of Queen Elizabeth
3. Why do so many people make grieving about them?
4. Which celebrity deaths really affected us?
5. Adult hero worship and “knowing” public figures

For more ranting, conversation, and cultural analysis check out The Happy Rant book at https://thehappyrant.com/book/.
Episode #407: Book Sales Numbers, The Marketing Game, and Leo Marvin
September 15, 2022 - 63 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant, Ted and Barnabas, sans Ronnie, wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Why does Ted mock the very things to which he devotes his time?
2. Doing dumb marketing things out necessity
3. Do most books really sell under 2,000 copies?
4. Social media influencing and playing the marketing game (which doesn’t work)
5. Giving away our own books and feeling like Leo Marvin
Episode #406: The Sound of Silence and The Name of Your Waiter
September 8, 2022 - 50 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant, Ted, Ronnie and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. The “We notice your silence” people on social media
2. Are we obliged to post about everything?
3. Learning the names of waitstaff: a pastor thing?
4. Book release expectations and feedback we’ve received
Episode #405: Parenting, Sports, Church, and “Theology of” Books
September 1, 2022 - 38 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant, Ted, Ronnie and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. How many more “Theology of” books do we need?
2. Theology of sports and ruining fun
3. Trading on people’s dreams
4. Parenting, sports, and church
5. Theology of food and reforemdom
6. Doing moderation well
Episode #404: Talking about Talking about Politics
August 25, 2022 - 53 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant, Ronnie and Barnabas (sans Ted) wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Coming to politics from different backgrounds and upbringings
2. What does it mean (and not mean) to be politically homeless?
3. When, why, and how should pastors address political issues from the pulpit?
4. Loyalty to different kingdoms
5. What we’ve enjoyed reading recently
Episode #403 - Outsourcing, Frugality, Sermon Prep, and Sports Gambling
August 18, 2022 - 37 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant, Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Wives doing lawn care
2. Outsourcing lawn care vs. the testosterone of DIY
3. The hardest part of sermon prep
4. Outsourcing sermon prep
5. When is sports gambling sinful?
Episode #402 - Book Launch Vibes, Back to School, and Preaching vs. Teaching
August 11, 2022 - 47 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. How our book launch has felt
2. Back-to-school observations in 2022
3. Back-to-school shopping styles
4. Homework theories and summer reading
5. Preaching vs. teaching (especially to teens)
Episode #401 - A Book Baby is Born
August 2, 2022 - 32 min
In this episode of Ronnie and Barnabas celebrate the birth of their Happy Rant book baby by wandering to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. How does this book compare to Carl Trueman’s "The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self"?
2. The experience of reading the audiobook
3. Sections that pleasantly surprised us and surpassed our expectations
4. Should this count toward Ronnie's doctoral thesis?
5. How many end-of-year book lists will this end up on?

WHERE TO BUY THE BOOK:
https://thehappyrant.com/book/
https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Rant-Wandering-Through-Things/dp/0736985328
Episode #400 - Retiree Lawncare Psychosis and How Our Generation Is Failing as Parents
July 28, 2022 - 33 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas (sans vacationing Ronnie) wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Winning the local lawncare contest
2. The psyche of obsessive lawn watering
3. The retirement obsession with tinkering
4. What our generation is missing as parents (that our kids will really resent)
Episode #399 - Fictional Friends and Convincing Action Heroes
July 21, 2022 - 47 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant, Ted and Barnabas (sans vacationing Ronnie) wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. We are unfit preachers
2. Which fictional TV characters would make good friends?
3. Which fictional movie characters would make good friends?
4. What makes a convincing action hero (and which actors just aren’t)
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