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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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Episode #392 – Parenting Older Kids and When Religious Institutions Should Just Go Away

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

1. Generational differences in parenting
2. Honesty in parenting vs. giving the impression of perfection
3. Relinquishing control as a parent
4. When is it better for particular churches or denominations to just go away?
5. Shepherding those inside a broken institution vs. the reputation to those outside
6. Humility vs. ego in leadership

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Episode #391 – Leaving Twitter, Missing Old Fashioned Discourse, and Back to School

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

1. Why should anyone stay on Twitter?
2. Why are people leaving Twitter, and why now especially?
3. How did we used to discourse before social media?
4. Phone addiction vs. social media addiction
5. Our summer plans and going back to school

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Happy Rant Sports Episode #63 – Becoming a Fan, Favorite Childhood Athletes, and Best Game Experiences

In this episode of the Happy Rant Sports podcast Ted and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:
1. How Barnabas grew up a Minnesota sports fan and developed his love for those teams
2. How Ted found his favorite teams and became a fan
3. Favorite childhood athletes
4. Favorite stadium and game experiences over the years

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Episode #390 – The New Radio, Why We Write, and Lifting Up Younger Generations

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ted, Ronnie, and Barnabas 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?

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Happy Rant Sports #62 – Helping a Fan Find a New Football Team (and some NFL Draft Talk)



In this episode of Happy Rant Sports Ted and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of topics:
1. Helping an NFL fan find a new team to root for
2. Discussing the good, the bad NFL draft picks
3. Ted’s favorite offensive linemen in the draft
4. Teams in QB purgatory
5. Teams that fan should definitely NOT root for

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Episode #389 – The Last Laugh: Regrettable Choices, Ministry Mistakes, and Holy Kisses

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?

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Episode #388 – The Last Laugh: Writing Advice, Marriage Advice, and The D.Min Life

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

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Episode #387 – The Last Laugh: T4G Retrospective and the Future of Reformedom

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

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Episode #386 – Disappearing Youth Pastors, Pastoral Communication, and the Gaming Life

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

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Happy Rant Sports #61 – Best Broadcasters, Baseball Aesthetics, and More

In this episode of Happy Rant Sports Ted and Barnabas Wander to and fro through a variety of topics:
1. Who are our favorite broadcasters (old school vs. current, national vs. local)
2. Baseball aesthetics (Which players look the coolest? Cool pitching deliveries)
3. Timberwolves vs. Grizzlies playoff talk

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Episode #385 – The Hillsong Implosion, Lavish Lifestyles, and Pastoral Bullying

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

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Happy Rant Sports #60 – The Madden Effect, The Watson Trade, March Madness Boredom

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

1. The Madden and analytics effects on NFL GMs
2. What are the Browns offensive prospects?
3. Making peace with Kirk Cousins
4. Where are all the coaches with personalities?
5. Big wide receiver moves
6. March Madness boredom

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Episode #384 – The Slap, The Oscars, and a Reformed Royal Rumble

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

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

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Happy Rant Sports Episode #59 – Quarterback Movement

In this episode of the Happy Rant Sports Podcast Ted and Barnabas wander to and fro through a variety of sports topics, particularly QB movement.

**We recorded this before the Deshaun Watson trade**

  • Russell Wilson trade
  • Carson Wentz trade
  • SO MANY middling QBs
  • What will the Colts do?
  • Other trades that should’ve happened

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Episode #381 – Tiny Houses, The Suburbs, and Small Town Church Planting

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

  • Big changes coming
  • Photos of shoes in airports
  • Tiny houses. Why?
  • Suburban living vs. urban living
  • The sexiness of small town church planting

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Episode #380 – Metaverse Church, Generational Names, and Outgrowing Funny

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

  • Metaverse church campuses and whether the metaverse will ruin church
  • Book publishing in the metaverse (we want in!)
  • Guys named Dale
  • Generational names
  • When funny people outgrow being funny

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Episode #379 – The Art of Pastoring Post-Covid

In this episode of The Happy Rant Ronnie and Barnabas (sans Ted) wander to and fro through a variety of topics. Well, really just one topic:

  • Channeling Jared C. Wilson
  • What is different about pastoring in a world recovering from COVID?
  • What challenges are pastors facing?
  • How is the life of the church different?

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Episode #378 – #AmWriting, Writing Personas, and Pastoral Personality Types

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

  • Honest book promo interviews
  • Gestating books
  • The vibe, persona, and desire of #AmWriting
  • Perfectionism vs. Competitiveness
  • Pastoral competitiveness and personality types

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