Thank you for reading this week’s Doyle’s Half Dozen! I’m going to be short and to the point.

Here’s six timely topics!

  1. Check me out on Messenger Insight

Last week, I appeared with Brian Hobbs on the podcast Messenger Insight as we interviewed entertainment writer Michael Foust. Check it out here.

We discuss the movie Free Burma Rangers as well as other faith-based films and secular releases, including one that came out today, Onward.

Michael explains why he writes about movies and entertainment and how they can be a part of sharing the Gospel today.

  1. ‘I am Patrick’

We discuss in the podcast another movie that will be shown in theaters March 17-18, titled I Am Patrick about the man known today as St. Patrick, whose ministry impacted the country of Ireland.

Patrick, the historic figure, fascinates me, and I’m hoping to see the movie March 17—St. Patrick’s Day.

  1. ‘The Way Back’

If you haven’t noticed, I’m big on movies this week. Another movie that released today is The Way Back, starring Ben Affleck. The movie is rated R, so I’m not officially recommending seeing it, but you may want to check out Brett McCrackin’s review, “‘The Way Back’ begins with the Father’s love.”

“…looming in the background of the film is another father—an unseen heavenly Father who is there, watching, intervening, even if the characters don’t feel his presence or believe it,” McCrackin wrote.

  1. Mohler on Schumer

If you have been following the political news this week, you may have heard about U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s comments at a rally this week outside the U.S. Supreme Court. The New York senator and minority leader of the Senate made some rather strong remarks, even threatening remarks, pointing out two Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Albert Mohler on his podcast The Briefing today responded to Schumer’s initial statements as well as comments the senator made on the Senate floor in a way of explaining, maybe correcting, himself on the emotional remarks he made at the rally.

You need to check out Mohler’s commentary. Boy howdy, it’s good!

“I will admit when I read that statement, I had to rise from my seat,” Mohler said, responding to Schumer’s speech from the Senate. “I was furious. There is such historical irony and dangerous irony in what Senator Schumer said. He was making the criticism that pro-lifers in this case, Republicans by his identification, are attempting to limit abortion through the courts when they have been unable to limit abortion through national congressional legislation, even, or perhaps especially in the United States Senate.”

Go listen or read Mohler’s entire commentary.

  1. Saving Christianity

Michael Youssef has a great article in response to many pastors and authors who believe that Christianity needs to become “more palatable” to the modern world.

It’s an excellent read, and Youssef gives five statements on why Christianity, as it originated, is “here to stay.” Check out “Does Christianity Need ‘Saving’?

  1. Thunder Thoughts

The Oklahoma City Thunder play in Madison Square Garden (MSG) against the New York Knicks this evening.

As great as I hear MSG is as a historical sports arena, it would be even greater to experience what is expected in the pre-game events. Both the Thunder and the Knicks are paying tribute to those who were the first responders in the aftermath of the bombing of the Oklahoma City Murrah Building, 25 years ago. This will be the first time the Thunder will wear their black tribute uniforms on the road this season.

It should be a significant observation this evening.

By the way, it was brought to my attention that the NBA Playoffs will begin the weekend of April 18-19. Wouldn’t it be great if somehow the Thunder move up in the rankings to be able to host a series and possibly play its first game on Sunday, April 19, the actual day of the bombing 25 years ago?