When "The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert returned from a week-long break Monday, he had a lot of catching up to do.
"I'm not exactly sure how to do this tonal shift right now, but I do want to take a second to start off tonight by trying to catch up on the terrible events that happened over the last 10 days and offer my thoughts and prayers to the people of Colorado Springs and San Bernardino in the wake of these tragic terrorist attacks," Colbert told his audience.
But Colbert acknowledged that these days, even "thoughts and prayers" are controversial.
"As a person of faith he's been able to avoid the self-righteous and rigid tone that has unfortunately characterized today's American evangelical celebrity culture," Josh Valley wrote for ChristianWeek. "Perhaps that's why he's so admired by people everywhere, including Christians of every stripe.