Monday Madness -- Lent Madness Action Online and at Home

February 28, 2012
Scott Gunn

Tim and Scott talk about Lent Madness action in the week to come -- and the week that is past. What happens when Lent Madness comes home? And what are the consequences of cheating in Lent Madness? Find out in this week's fun-filled broadcast.

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14 comments on “Monday Madness -- Lent Madness Action Online and at Home”

  1. I nominate Tim for the Oscar for best "trying to look like a learned theologian with a big a%# book open in the background" award.

  2. Obviously, to me anyway, the theme song should be Hymn 295. It has been my favorite hymn since my childhood.

  3. What! Voter fraud you say? Why, I have just the remedy - Kansas' own Secretary of State - Kris Kobach, who will, I'm quite certain, be more than happy to establish a costly program requiring voter identification to combat the rampant voter fraud of Lent Madness. What he has done for Kansas, he can do for you.

  4. Doesn't Jimmy Carter occasionally preside over dubious elections? I'm sure he's love to help us out.

  5. Well, Jay, that is actually our old family Bible in the background. KJV of course. I thought it was really the tweed jacket that made me look smarter but whatever. With Scott being awash in Forward Movement tracts, I guess I needed something to counterbalance this. Maybe next time I'll broadcast from my office instead.

  6. Oh oh! I accidentally voted twice this morning! Truly! But it was discovered immediately! Hurrah for helping to keep us honest!

  7. A thought about the brackets. Not sure what the process is for determining the match ups. Are the saints seeded at all? They seem to be if you look at James v Bonhoeffer, but for the Law v Columba...not so much. Are the slots filled in a blind/random manner or do the Supreme Exec Committee work out which would be the most compelling match-ups?

    If you would like to follow the World Cup process (and I recommend you do so next time) you would have some ECUSA luminaries around to draw saints names from clear glass bowls (transparency) as numbered slots are announced by, in our case, the Presiding Bishop. Also, beautiful ladies in evening dress hold the bowls. As in the case of World Cup Draws, this would be televised. When especially mouth-watering match-ups are announced, the studio audience draws its breath audibly. Very atmospheric.

    For your consideration SEC, and thanks for all you do. xx

  8. A small splat of mud at said it was fair. That was scant information on Mary Magdalene. I trust that was due to lack of knowledge regarding her and not deliberate under reporting on the contributions she made financially and psychologically to Jesus and the other apostles....not to mention the consequences she suffered. It is recommended you do some study before the next write up you do; Karen King and Cynthia Bourgeault have done some excellent writing on MM and I bet they would even help you.

  9. As a Catholic and saint buff from way back, I am having a great time with Lent Madness, but I'm a little puzzled. First of all, I was not even aware that any other religious group celebrated saints as we do, and I'm very happy to discover that I was wrong. But here's my question: in the RC Church, sainthood is only achieved after a rigorous process involving testimonials, miracles, etc., leading to canonization in Rome. I'm just curious, how does one come to be recognized as a saint in the Episcopal Church?

  10. Erica,

    I suspect that we Episcopals are not quite as rigorous in our vetting of saints as our Roman brothers and sisters. In the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio we have at least one priest who heads a parish, draws full time compensation and has not graduated from either college or seminary. Although I love that the Episcopal Church allows us to think and act freely in some areas I do admire the some of the structure and discipline that the Catholic church has and that we are losing.

  11. Enrica,

    Glad you are enjoying Lent Madness. Here is link that might answer some of your questions re: saints in the Episcopal church.

    Think I am right in saying that the Episcopal church does not require a major tribunal or review or proof for sainthood. In fact, we rarely refer to the more modern "saints" with the title "". Churches named for saints are called Saint Patrick's or Saint Mary's for example, but you won't hear anyone talking about "Saint" Florence Nightengale or even "Saint" Thomas Cranmer. You will have noticed that we list Thomas Merton, a Roman Catholic. Doubt that there would be any such reciprocity from the RC's. 🙂 In summary, we are much less formal about it, though no less fervent.

    Keep voting.