Monday Madness -- February 19, 2024

It's time for another not-to-be-missed episode in the epic, award-winning* series, Monday Madness! Tim and Scott are back with a preview of the coming battles in Lent Madness XV.

Though Lent has been under way for a few days, you might still be looking for a suitable Lenten penance. May we recommend watching the entire oeuvre of Lent Madness?

Stay tuned for next week's episode, which will be every bit as good as this week's show. We promise.

* Certain claims in this sentence may be dramatized or exaggerated.

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Monday Madness -- February 12, 2024

It's the last pre-season episode of Monday Madness before the kickoff of Lent Madness XV. Tim and Scott preview the first contest of the coming tourney, which kicks off at 8:00 a.m. on February 15, 2024. That's this Thursday! ASH THURSDAY!

As you prepare for Lent Madness, you are encouraged to download the FREE Digital Saintly Scorecard. You can still buy Giant Bracket Posters, but they won't arrive in time for Ash Thursday. However, as Tim rightly says, you can still buy a bracket poster and enjoy it for the bulk of Lent. Especially if you buy them in bulk.

Need even more info about Lent Madness? Check out this news release from Episcopal News Service. Then put it in your church newsletter. Or make copies and drop them by helicopter around your neighborhood. Or encourage some monks to create an illuminated manuscript.

Tell your friends and neighbors it's almost time for the Biggest Roman Numeral Lenten Devotion in the world!

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Monday Madness -- February 5, 2024

It's the penultimate pre-season episode of Monday Madness! Tim and Scott are here to help you get ready for Lent Madness XV.

Today's episode has the breaking news the entire Lent Madness Global Viewing Public has been waiting for: the Digital Saintly Scorecard is ready. If you want to download the Digital Saintly Scorecard, you can get your copy right now for free. That's right, FREE!

With just a few days until Lent, today is the last day you can order Giant Bracket Posters from Forward Movement with arrival before Ash Thursday. The full-color posters are just $15, and they're a steal at $10 each if you buy five or more. While you're stocking up on posters, you might like colorable Join the Journey through Lent posters, which are sold in packs of 25. If you're super on top of things, you could also order your Easter colorable poster calendar, too. But we realize that's a bit of a stretch. Even for us.

But seriously, you don't need to spend money to enjoy Lent Madness. You can print out your own bracket at home. It costs nothing to vote. So study up and be ready for the start of Lent Madness 2024 on February 15.

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Monday Madness -- January 29, 2024

Tim and Scott are back with another action-packed, fun-filled episode of Monday Madness. This week, they review several resources that are available to help you prepare for Lent Madness (and Lent).

Watch the video to learn more, but you can get your very own giant bracket poster (in full color!) for just a few dollars. Order yours today. Put one up at home and at work. They look great on the wall in your parish hall or Sunday school classroom. No one's stopping you from putting one on your car. Or turning two of them into a sandwich board and walking around your neighborhood yelling "Lent Madness is Near!" at the top of your lungs.

And you might also like to get a colorable poster to support the whole family through the season of Lent. These colorable posters are sold in packs of 25, so they're perfect to give to your whole church. Buy the Join the Journey through Lent calendar poster or get way ahead of the game and order your Alleluia! 50 Days and 50 Ways to Celebrate Easter calendar poster.

Oh, and we would be remiss if we did not include links to the two books that Tim mentioned in the video. These are books inviting you to a humorous and joyful approach to Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter, written by Tim and illustrated by Jay Sidebotham. Check out Dog in the Manger: Finding God in Christmas Chaos and Dust Bunnies in the Basket: Finding God in Lent & Easter.

The digital Saintly Scorecard is coming soon, probably the next few days. Stay tuned!

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Monday Madness is back!

The time you've been waiting for is here! Tim and Scott are back with the first pre-season episode of Monday Madness leading up to Lent Madness XV. This week they talk about the bracket for this year's competition, including a never-before-announced special feature new and exclusive to this year!

If you are looking for the Saintly Scorecard, they have some bad news. Due to...reasons, the Saintly Scorecard is not available in printed form this year. However, in their gracious generosity, Scott and Tim are going to provide a digital scorecard soon. It will be FREE of charge. Stay tuned for details. The good news is that the giant bracket poster is still available! You can buy your own bracket poster to follow along in style. And you probably want to get one for your church, your neighbors, and those nice people who sit across the aisle from you in church but you forgot their names. Since they're cheap, buy several!

And speaking of stuff to buy, Forward Movement, the proud sponsor of Lent Madness, are once again selling "Join the Journey through Lent," a colorable Lenten calendar poster. This fun calendar takes you through the season of Lent with suggestions for reflections and activities each day of Lent. You can color in your own calendar, so it's fun for all ages. (And there's an Easter one, too!) Buy yours right away, because they're likely to sell out.

With only thirty shopping days until Lent, you're going to want to get busy with suitably penitential gift items. And keep watch for the digital scorecard so you can study up on the saints. Meanwhile, we suggest a couple of excellent sources of information on the saints (first one and second one).


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Monday Madness -- Faithful Four Edition

We interrupt this Holy Week for a special program, the last in-season episode of Monday Madness. Tune in to watch Tim and Scott hold forth on the Faithful Four. They also discuss the mysterious day that comes after Tuesday in Holy Week but before Maundy Thursday. Hint: it involves both espionage AND voting.

Of course, it wouldn't be a true Monday Madness episode without some sales talk, and to fulfill this requirement, Scott and Tim mention the Easter books they've written. If you want them in time for Easter maybe try Amazon (Scott's book or Tim's book), but you can also order from Forward Movement (Tim's book or Scott's book). Or get instant gratification on your Kindle (Scott's book or Tim's book) right now, this very moment!

Lastly, and more importantly, they urge you to attend services at your church for the Three Holy Days: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Eve. After all, that's what this is really all about.

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Monday Madness -- Elate Eight Edition

Everyone's talking about their brackets these days, and so are Scott and Tim. They're back this week to help you transition into the Elite Elate Eight. They also offer pastoral counsel if you find the format of the Elate Eight challenging.

Of course, it would hardly be an episode of Monday Madness without some wanton commercialism. This week, in light of the impending arrival of the Easter season, Tim and Scott both mention that they've coincidentally each written an Eastertide book. Tim's book is a lighthearted look at Lent and Easter, Dust Bunnies in the Basket: Finding God in Lent and Easter. Scott's book is a set of reflections, Easter Triumph, Easter Joy: Meditations for the Fifty Days of Eastertide. You can buy them from your local bookseller, Amazon, or Forward Movement directly. Both are also available as ebooks, naturally.

That's a lot for one episode, and we have left out a mention of their weather discussion. Watch to see it all!

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Monday Madness -- March 20, 2023

It's time for this week's gratitude-themed episode of Monday Madness. Tim and Scott give thanks for St. Joseph's Day and the whole company of Celebrity Bloggers. Lent Madness wouldn't be possible without their work. Literally. (And if we were trying to sell Lent Madness real estate, we'd need St. Joseph, too!)

Tim and Scott also give thanks to the Lent Madness Global Viewing Public™ for a generous response to an email inviting donations to support Lent Madness. As you may know, Lent Madness is sponsored by Forward Movement, and it's just one of many FREE offerings to the church. In addition to Lent Madness, Forward Movement sends printed materials to prisons and nursing homes free of charge. Forward Movement provides free websites, apps, and podcasts to support a life of prayer. If you'd like to make a gift to support this work, you can make a gift online right now! Thank you.

All that, and more! There's no need to speculate about what comes after the Saintly Sixteen, as this video also reveals what's coming next.

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Monday Madness -- March 13, 2023

Get some popcorn and pull up a purple chair. It's time for another action-packed AND fun-filled episode of Monday Madness. Tim and Scott are back with a look ahead to the next round in Lent Madness which begins ON THURSDAY.

In case you were planning on voting 800 times, Tim and Scott also provide a warning about what happens to cheaters. They also wax poetic about a controversial episode from the past, when the Department of Labor and Lent Madness were ensnarled in a media circus.

Stay tuned for next week's episode. It will appear in ::checks notes:: exactly seven days.

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Monday Madness -- March 6, 2023

It's finally the moment you've all been waiting for! Well, since, last Monday anyway...

Tim and Scott are back with another thrilling and life-altering* episode of Monday Madness. *certain terms and conditions apply

This week's episode offers a teaser of a teaser for an unprecedented event coming your way. Sometime soon, the SEC will host a Facebook Live conversation in which they will take your questions and respond to your comments. Stay tuned for news! And if you have advance questions, you can leave them in the comments on this post. Who knows? They may make you famous!

Tim and Scott also discuss an upcoming saintly battle with a subtle theme. The more you know, the more fun you have with Lent Madness! Which is why you should really stop reading this and watch the video.

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