The One Without Smartphones: Why The TV Show “Friends” is the New Church

My Wake Tech Community College students are obsessed with Friends. Not their real-life buddies, but the sitcom, whose 236 episodes dominated American TV from 1994 to 2004. Though Friends displays the kind of homogeneity younger millennials and Generation Z rail against—it’s an all-white, heterosexual, middle-class, and able-bodied cast—they are nevertheless enthralled by it.

Millions of young adults are watching Friends reruns. Why?

Continue reading my full article at The Christian Century.  Enjoy and share with any Friends fans you know!


In need of time with your real-life friends? Feeling the social media digital burnout? It’s not too late to begin a sabbath practice this Lent. Check out some resources here and here.

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