You’ve heard of March Madness. Well, what about Lent Madness? The guest on episode 42 is the Rev. Tim Schenk, who started Lent Madness in 2010. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Anglican Church’s Calendar of Saints, Tim came up with this unique Lenten devotion. Combining his love of sports with his passion for the lives of the saints, Lent Madness was born…
This interview was a lot of fun. It is a reminder to not take ourselves too seriously—even in the very serious season of Lent! Tim talks about how important it is to still be joyful in the season that is marked with penitence, claiming that Lent is really about drawing nearer to God, strengthening our relationship with God—and what is more joyful than that!
But what is Lent Madness?
You can listen to the interview, or visit the Lent Madness website, but basically, here’s the deal… 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.
Links and Resources:
Tim Schenk’s blog, Clergy Confidential
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