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The Happy Rant

with Barnabas Piper, Ronnie Martin and Ted Kluck

The Happy Rant Episodes
Episode #391 - Leaving Twitter, Missing Old Fashioned Discourse, and Back to School
May 26, 2022 - 53 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

- Why should anyone stay on Twitter?
- Why are people leaving Twitter, and why now especially?
- How did we used to discourse before social media?
- Phone addiction vs. social media addiction
- Our summer plans and going back to school
Episode #390 - The New Radio, Why We Write, and Lifting Up Younger Generations
May 19, 2022 - 51 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas, sans Ronnie, wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Podcasts as the new radio
2. If there are so many writers and books, why do we keep doing it?
3. Writing idealism vs. pragmatism/capitalism
4. Writing for legacy vs. writing to “make it”
5. How do we treat younger generations well instead of dumping all over them?
Episode #389 - The Last Laugh: Regrettable Choices, Ministry Mistakes, and Holy Kisses
May 12, 2022 - 49 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant, Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics as posed by our listeners LIVE from New Albany, Indiana leading up to the final T4G conference:

1. Fan encounters and celebrity moments
2. Regrettable cultural choices and fashion decisions
3. Pastoral and teaching mistakes
4. Greeting others with a holy kiss
5. Transformative books, music, and movies for us
6. Slapping pastors (again)
7. The “C” in Jared C. Wilson - wrong answers only
8. Book endorsements
9. Ideal piece of sports memorabilia
10. Who in the Bible do we identify with the most?
Episode #388 - The Last Laugh: Writing Advice, Marriage Advice, and The D.Min Life
May 05, 2022 - 47 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics LIVE from New Albany, Indiana leading up to the final T4G conference:

1. Church decor and interesting instruments
2. Writing advice and writing cohorts
3. The value of writing inspiration
4. Advice for D.Min students and Ronnie’s classroom vibe
5. Marriage advice and marriage questions
Episode #387 - The Last Laugh: T4G Retrospective and the Future of Reformedom
April 28, 2022 - 39 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics LIVE from New Albany, Indiana leading up to the final T4G conference:

1. A T4G retrospective of our favorite moments
2. The future of reformed conferences
3. Angry Calvinists
4. Tell me you’re reformed without telling me you’re reformed
5. Violent Grace
6. Fighting famous pastors
Episode #386 - Disappearing Youth Pastors, Pastoral Communication, and the Gaming Life
April 21, 2022 - 46 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Where have all the youth pastors gone?
2. Are church planters the new youth pastors?
3. Are pastors particularly bad at digital and personal communication?
4. Gaming as a career and as socially acceptable
Episode #385 - The Hillsong Implosion, Lavish Lifestyles, and Pastoral Bullying
April 14, 2022 - 39 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant, Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. How is selling out going?
2. The Hillsong controversy (implosion) and pastoral lavish lifestyles
3. What level of lavishness is acceptable for pastors?
4. Will successful pastors inevitably be accused of bullying?
5. How do we avoid this sort of pastoral and church failure?
6. The etiquette for introverts hosting extraverts
Episode #384 - The Slap, The Oscars, and a Reformed Royal Rumble
April 07, 2022 - 40 min
In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted Kluck, Ronnie Martin, and Barnabas Piper wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Gauging our Oscars interest
2. Is Will Smith an actual movie star?
3. The Slap: our takes on the takes
4. Who would we choose to slap if given the chance?
5. A T4G royal rumble

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Episode #383 - Please Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves
March 31, 2022 - 37 min
In this episode of the Happy Rant Ted Kluck, Ronnie Martin, and Barnabas Piper wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Who we are, a brief introduction for new listeners
2. What we love about podcasting together
3. How we would describe our show: The Seinfeld of podcasts, a Piper family dinner party, and a description to aspirational college students
Episode #382 - Goodbye, Independence
March 24, 2022 - 42 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics: Moving from sweet freedom to being corporate sell outs Our upcoming train wreck of a live show A podcast prenup Crispin Glover vs. Jared C. Wilson Early memories of the show
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