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The Happy Rant

with Barnabas Piper, Ronnie Martin and Ted Kluck

Happy Rant #105 - Worship in Weird Places, Gut Check with Ted, and Guilty Displeasures

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In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas discuss the following while Ronnie galavants around middle America like John Steinbeck: Why is it that so many Christian organizations feel the need to wedge worship into everything from business meetings to sports to wherever? Gut check with Ted covering Pumpkin Spice, NFL penalties, and more We share our guilty displeasures. These are things we don't like but feel like we ought to since so many other people do. We have a new sponsor this week - Ever Accountable ( It is an accountability app for all operating systems and mobile devices that will report any online activity, including that which happens within other apps like Facebook or Twitter. For couples and for parents with teens, tweens, or other kids on mobile devices this is a fantastic tool. It will open the door for conversations that need to be had and help build a sense of trust. And they have an offer that you would be dumb to pass on - 60 days free with no strings attached or small print. Just use the code HAPPYRANT to redeem your trial and get started.
September 25, 2016
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Meet Your Hosts
Barnabas Piper is an assistant pastor at Immanuel Church in Nashville and is the author of several books and multiple small group studies including—Help My Unbelief, Hoping for Happiness, and Ecclesiastes: Finding Meaning in a World of Passing Pursuits. He has contributed to numerous websites and publications and writes regularly for He Reads Truth. Piper speaks at churches and conferences around the country and lives in the Nashville area with his wife and two daughters.

Ronnie Martin is the Lead Pastor of Substance Church (EFCA), which he planted, in Ashland, Ohio. He is also the Director of Leader Renewal for Harbor Network and has authored six books, including The God Who Is With Us: A 25 Day Advent Devotional (coming Oct. 2022 on B&H). Ronnie and his wife, Melissa, regularly speak to church leaders.
Ted Kluck has written for ESPN the Magazine, USA Today, Sports Spectrum Magazine, and Page 2. Ted has authored or co-authored several books including Facing Tyson: 15 Fighters, 15 Stories, Paper Tiger: One Athlete's Journey to the Underbelly of Pro Football, Why We're Not Emergent (by Two Guys Who Should Be), and Why We Love the Church. In 2010 Ted founded Gut Check Press, a small publishing house, where he holds the title Co-Founder and Secretary of the Interior. Ted also co-hosts The Happy Rant Podcast, The Gut Check Podcast, and Kluck. He has played professional indoor football, coached high school football, trained as a professional wrestler, served as a missionary and teaches journalism at Union University. Ted lives in Jackson, TN, with his wife and two sons. He's a frequent speaker at conferences and events.
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