The Happy Rant Podcast

A conversation where we cheerfully (if sardonically) rant aboutall the things that don’t matter all that much and some things that do.

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Episode #418: Pastor Voices and Wanting to be Liked

In this episode of The Happy Rant, Ted and Ronnie wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Pastor voices
2. How does a pastor come across authentically from the pulpit?
3. Fake intellectual pastors and theological verbiage
4. Wanting to be liked vs. wanting to appear smart

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/

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Episode #417: We Are Professional Readers (3 Free Chapters of Our Audiobook)

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas do something a little different. Instead of wandering to and fro they offer up three free chapters from the audiobook of The Happy Rant.

Chapter 1: Evangelical Fame (We do weird stuff with Christian celebrity.)
Chapter 8: Evangelical Money Guilt (Why are Christians so weird about money?)
Chapter 14: Manly Men (What is manhood? What makes a good man?)

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/

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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).

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Episode #416: Advent Books and What Men Actually Need in the Church

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1) The big three for men in the church (according to a tweeter): Money, Sex, and Fitness
2) Are men actually leaving the church?
3) What men actually need in church
4) Learning leadership right

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/

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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).

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Episode #415 – Mad About Christmas (and Everything Else)

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Why are people so aggressive about when they start Christmas?
2. Identity everything – claiming and defending holidays or anything else
3. When is aggression the right response to anything?
4. Holding your ground vs. being an aggressive jerk
5. How the insistence of having a take feeds aggression and anger

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/

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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).

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Episode #414: Growing Up in Church and Growing Out of Cage Stage Calvinism

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. The death of cool as a thing
2. Our stories of growing up in the church
3. Growing out of cage stage calvinism
4. Post Young, Restless Reformed church

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).

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Episode #413: Halloween Shenanigans and the Enneagram

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Our feelings about Halloween and experiences with it growing up
2. Ronnie’s experience at a college football game
3. Halloween costumes by enneagram numbers
4. Why we love writing (especially since we’ve griped about it a lot)

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).

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Episode #68 – Is the NFL Good? Is Anyone in the NFL Good?

In this episode Ted and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of sports topics:
1. The best raspy coaching voices
2. Is the NFL Product good?
3. Playing a game: Are they good?
4. Recent favorite sports books

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).

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Episode #412: Jesus’s PR Campaign, Viral Kindness, and Therapy Filling in for Church

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ronnie and Barnabas, sans Ted, wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Jesus apparently needs a $100 million PR campaign
2. But does Jesus want a PR campaign? Will it do any good?
3. Is viral kindness actually kind?
4. Is therapy booming because the church is failing? (pastors as counselors, therapists as hired friends, and outsourcing honesty)

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).

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Episode #411: How Teens View Parents, Boring Adults, and Online Genuineness

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Barnabas, sans Ronnie, wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Observations on how teens view their parents
2. How adults get boring
3. What’s the deal with Ronnie’s hair?
4. Why do people watch selfie videos?
5. Is there any way to be genuine online?

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).

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Episode #410: Elvis, Journey, and the Energy of Rock Music Movies

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted and Ronnie sans Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Baz Luhrman’s Elvis movie
2. Do we really care about Elvis?
3. The delightful energy of rock music movies
4. Journey and the appeal of beige music
5. The business of fame and whether we’ll ever see another dollar from this podcast

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).

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Episode #409 – Academic Drudgery & Breaking Writing Slumps

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. How do professors choose how much to assign?
2. What makes a good professor?
3. Syllabus flexes
4. How do we break writing slumps?
5. Romanticism about writing: where did we lose it and where do we still have it?

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).

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Episode #408: Celebrity Deaths, Public Grief, and Hero Worship


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 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).

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Episode #407 – Book Sales Numbers, The Marketing Game, and Leo Marvin

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

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Episode #406: The Sound of Silence and The Name of Your Waiter

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

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Happy Rant Sports #67 – The NBA is the New WWF and NFL Player Predictions

In this episode Ted and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of sports topics:
1. How the NBA is the new WWF (and is that ruining the game??)
2. How Rich people are taking over normal people sports
3. NFL Rookies we are excited to watch
4. NFL player who will fall off a cliff this year
5. High ceiling/low floor NFL players

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Episode #405 – Parenting, Sports, Church, and “Theology of” Books

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 reformedom
6. Doing moderation well

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Happy Rant Sports #66 – Likable Baseball Teams, Football Rebuilding Efforts, and NFL Team Predictions

In this episode of the Happy Rant Sports Podcast Ted and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of sports topics:
1. Which baseball teams are particularly likable (and unlikable)?
2. Late career breakout players
3. Can an NFL team win with an old, cheap Quarterback?
4. Various rebuilding strategies in football
5. NFL team predictions–the terrible, the frisky, and the Super Bowl
6. Training camp fights and stories

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Episode #404: Talking about Talking about Politics

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

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Episode #403 – Outsourcing, Frugality, Sermon Prep, and Sports Gambling

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?

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Happy Rant Sports #65: Kyler’s Contract, Alternate Uniform Atrocities, and Nike the Villain

In this episode Ted and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of sports topics:
1. Kyler Murray’s hilarious contract clause
2. Enjoying different QB paradigms
3. New NFL alternate uniforms: the good, the bad, and the ugly
4. MLB city connect uniforms
5. Is Nike ruining sports?

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Episode #402 – Book Launch Vibes, Back to School, and Preaching vs. Teaching

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)

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Episode #401 – A Book Baby is Born

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?

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Episode #400 – Retiree Lawncare Psychosis and How Our Generation Is Failing as Parents

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)

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Episode #399 – Fictional Friends and Convincing Action Heroes

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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Episode #398 – Parenting Questions and Answers

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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Episode #397: Pastoral Martial Arts, Karate Kid, and Podcast Magazine

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Which Karate Kid character is Matt Chandler?
2. Thoughts on Cobra Kai
3. Star Wars, Marvel, and Hollywood’s new industry: nostalgia
4. Celebrities in print vs. on screen
5. Podcast Magazine

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Episode #396 – A New Metric for Reformedom, Big Families, and Ministry Families on Social Media

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. A new metric for measuring reformedom
2. The general reformed lack of social skills
3. Kids as missional output and/or outsourcing evangelism
4. Matt Chandler as the Karate Kid
5. Pastors’ families on social media

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Episode #395 – No Enthusiasm and Nothing to Talk About

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Ted is so glum he’s bad at being glum
2. Are church planters just small business owners?
3. Everyone keeps doing the same things and arguing about the same things
4. Why do we even keep doing this podcast?
5. Reformed people romanticize plodding
6. How many actual exceptional people do we know?

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Episode #394 – Vegas, Top Gun, Movie Stars, and More

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:

1. Ted’s Vegas vibe
2. The Top Gun phenomenon and nostalgic keggers
3. Is Miles Teller a movie star?
4. The Tom Cruise aging pathology
5. Going at famous people’s kids on social media

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Episode #393 – Pastoring Through Crises

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ronnie and Barnabas, sans Vegas-going Ted, wander to and fro through a variety of topics. Or really just one: leading a church during times of cultural crisis.

They discuss:

1. Deciding what to address with the congregation
2. Handling contentious cultural moments from the pulpit
3. Differences between a small church in a small town and a larger church in a big city
4. Navigating contentious cultural issues among leadership teams

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