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The Happy Rant

with Barnabas Piper, Ronnie Martin and Ted Kluck

The Happy Rant Episodes
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

For more ranting, conversation, and cultural analysis check out our book, The Happy Rant: Wandering To and Fro Through Some Things That Don’t Matter All That Much (and a Few That Really Do) at https://thehappyrant.com/book/

Visit our show store where you can find shirts, notebooks, bags, and more. Our merchandise makes great gifts and is an ideal way to look cooler than all your friends too at https://thehappyrant.com/shop/

Check out our sponsor:
Visual Theology (https://visualtheology.church) and use the code “happyrant” at checkout for a 20% discount!
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

For more ranting, conversation, and cultural analysis check out our book, The Happy Rant: Wandering To and Fro Through Some Things That Don’t Matter All That Much (and a Few That Really Do) at https://thehappyrant.com/book/

Visit our show store where you can find shirts, notebooks, bags, and more. Our merchandise makes great gifts and is an ideal way to look cooler than all your friends too at https://thehappyrant.com/shop/

Check out our sponsor:
Visual Theology (https://visualtheology.church) and use the code “happyrant” at checkout for a 20% discount!
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

For more ranting, conversation, and cultural analysis check out our book, The Happy Rant: Wandering To and Fro Through Some Things That Don’t Matter All That Much (and a Few That Really Do) at https://thehappyrant.com/book/

Visit our show store where you can find shirts, notebooks, bags, and more. Our merchandise makes great gifts and is an ideal way to look cooler than all your friends too at https://thehappyrant.com/shop/

Check out our sponsor:
Visual Theology (https://visualtheology.church) and use the code “happyrant” at checkout for a 20% discount!
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

For more ranting, conversation, and cultural analysis check out our book, The Happy Rant: Wandering To and Fro Through Some Things That Don’t Matter All That Much (and a Few That Really Do) at https://thehappyrant.com/book/

Visit our show store where you can find shirts, notebooks, bags, and more. Our merchandise makes great gifts and is an ideal way to look cooler than all your friends too at https://thehappyrant.com/shop/

Check out our sponsor:
Visual Theology (https://visualtheology.church) and use the code “happyrant” at checkout for a 20% discount!
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?

For more ranting, conversation, and cultural analysis check out our book, The Happy Rant: Wandering To and Fro Through Some Things That Don’t Matter All That Much (and a Few That Really Do) at https://thehappyrant.com/book/

Visit our show store where you can find shirts, notebooks, bags, and more. Our merchandise makes great gifts and is an ideal way to look cooler than all your friends too at https://thehappyrant.com/shop/

Check out our sponsor:
Visual Theology (https://visualtheology.church) and use the code “happyrant” at checkout for a 20% discount!
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)

For more ranting, conversation, and cultural analysis check out our book, The Happy Rant: Wandering To and Fro Through Some Things That Don’t Matter All That Much (and a Few That Really Do) at https://thehappyrant.com/book/

Visit our show store where you can find shirts, notebooks, bags, and more. Our merchandise makes great gifts and is an ideal way to look cooler than all your friends too at https://thehappyrant.com/shop/

Check out our sponsor:
Visual Theology (https://visualtheology.church) and use the code “happyrant” at checkout for a 20% discount!
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)
Episode #398 - Parenting Questions and Answers
July 14, 2022 - 35 min
In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics. (This was originally a Patreon bonus episode.)

1. Why do people love to give unsolicited parenting advice?
2. What do you do when you receive unsolicited parenting advice?
3. Are we obliged to like other people’s children?
4. What parenting advice do you wish you'd gotten when you were younger?

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