The Moral Meaning of ‘The Sopranos,’ Ten Years Later

On the evening of June 10, 2007, untold numbers of Americans simultaneously wondered if their televisions or cable service had malfunctioned. They had been watching perhaps the most iconic final scene in TV history, which concluded perhaps the most celebrated show in TV history. In the decade since then, fans of The Sopranos have argued—and … Continued

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The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Grapple with God

Marvel’s most charming crew of rogues and reprobates return in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, and director James Gunn manages to make the sequel even better than the first volume. This comic space opera has style to spare, and tells an emotionally resonant story about the complexity and necessity of family. Despite the frequent … Continued

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The Surprising Lessons My Family Learned from Raising Chickens

The circle of life seemed a heck of a lot easier in The Lion King. Cleaner, too. A few years ago, our family decided we didn’t have enough pets. So we “adopted” some chickens. “Think of the eggs!” my wife reasoned. Well, the egg production has been spotty, at best. What’s been far more instructive … Continued

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The Virtues of Learning to Sew

I find myself feeling nostalgic these days. My kids are growing up in a different world than the one I knew at their age. My childhood encompassed a time before personal computers, cell phones, and the internet. We had five channels on the television—my family lived so far out of town that we didn’t have … Continued

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“This is Us” and the Dangers of Social Isolation

The first season of This is Us returns today, and like millions of other Americans, I will be tuning in. The Washington Post calls the show “the surprise breakout hit” of the fall season. “The pilot scored 10 million same-day viewers; with DVR viewing factored in, that jumped to 14.6 million. Adweek reports that the … Continued

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How to Prevent the New Year Divorce

Tipped off by Elvis Presley that not everyone is merry at Christmas, churches are increasingly tending to those who are hurting over the holidays. Their “Blue Christmas” services acknowledge that pain rarely takes a day off and, in fact, can intensify at precisely the season when the whole world seems happy. But churches should also … Continued

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