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In Holland, "Extreme" Ringing in the Ears Is Grounds for Euthanasia

A special clinic in The Hague, set up to help people whose doctors do not support euthanasia, has been reprimanded for helping a 47-year-old woman with chronic tinnitus to die, broadcaster Nos says on Monday. The independent commission charged with monitoring how Dutch euthanasia rules are applied recognises that extreme tinnitus could be a reason for mercy killing but said Gaby Olthuis should have undergone further psychiatric research.

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The Briefing 01-21-15

1) Supreme court  decision on beards for inmates significant defense of religious liberty

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This is What Stops You From Making a Difference

The world needs people embedded in the center of these conflicts equipped with the practices that make for peace . These people don’t have time to debate solutions on social media because they are already hard at work making the solutions a reality. They don’t have to transplant themselves to the center of the issue, because they are already embedded in it. They don’t have to seek the approval of their constituency, because it’s not about their reputation, it’s about the flourishing of those they have been called to serve.

4 Did God Really Command Genocide?: An Interview with Drs. Paul Copan & Matthew Flannagan | Bible Gateway Blog

Dr. Flannagan: First, we defend the view that our moral duties or obligations are identical with what God commands us to do. Then we argue that while a loving and just God would, in normal circumstances, prohibit killing innocent people in highly unusual cases, God could, for the sake of some greater good, command an individual to kill. If the latter applied, then the individual in question would be exempted from a moral principle that otherwise would be binding upon him. This entails that the moral prohibition on killing the innocent is not absolute. It’s more accurate to say that there’s a strong presumption that applies in most cases but can, in highly unusual circumstances, be overridden by a divine command.

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http://www.lineoffireradio.com/

Author and cultural-commentator Larry Tomczak responds to Ellen DeGeneres, who addressed him on national TV, then Dr. Brown takes your calls and answers your e-questions on a wide range of topics. Be ready to call at 866-348-7884. Listen live here 2-4 pm EST, and call into the show at (866) 348 7884 with your questions and comments.

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Ammunition for the Fight Against Porn

Not only that, but sexual immorality strikes the core of our being. “Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body” (1 Corinthians 6:18). Porn presents a threat to your new status and nature in Christ because, instead of remaining united to Christ as his body, you become united to a prostitute. The story of Joseph in Genesis naturally comes to mind. Joseph, contrary to his elder brother Judah (Genesis 38), is a quintessential example of how to flee. Three times in Genesis 39, Moses reports that Joseph who was also had the Spirit (Genesis 41:38) “fled” from adultery because he considered sexual immorality a “great wickedness and sin against God.” In fleeing, he was driven by a conviction and passion to obey and glorify God.

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This map of the world's most religiously diverse countries may surprise you

The religious diversity within Syria, as un-diverse as it may look, is a significant part of the Syrian civil war. Roughly speaking, the war that began as about internal politics has become in some ways a religious proxy war between Sunni and Shia — with Christian groups forced alongside the Shia minority that currently holds power. In Lebanon, which has a large Christian population and no majority group, the country's politics fractured along religious lines in the 1970s, which led to a 15-year civil war that devastated the country; its politics remain divided by religion today. Israel, of course, is highly complicated in its own way: founded as a Jewish state on top of land that had belonged to mostly Muslims and some Christians, it's been mired for decades in an Israel-Palestine conflict that is in some ways about reconciling Jews and Muslims.

8 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Grace to You Radio

Jesus said if you want to see the kingdom of God, you must be born again. So what does it mean to be born a second time—to be regenerated? Find out in John MacArthur’s new study, The Second Birth .

10 Frank Turek

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7 Reasons to Teach Our Children Church History

By no means should church history supplant teaching your family the Bible. Family worship and God’s Word must come first in your home. But the benefits of teaching them something about the key figures and movements from the rich heritage of the church are myriad. Here are seven reasons why we should teach our children church history.

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ISIS executes 13 teens for watching soccer

The young fans were reportedly watching an Asian Cup match between Iraq and Jordan on TV last week when they were caught by the militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which ISIS, or the Islamic State, controls.

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The Gospel in Colombia

Please pray that God’s Holy Spirit would do an amazing work of true revival in Colombia—drawing unbelievers to himself and giving existing believers a hunger and thirst for him and his Word like never before. Pray that he would raise up Reformed leaders who will wisely and lovingly work to unite churches around the gospel. Pray that the church will be a body that affects society in all areas of life, addressing issues of poverty, broken families, violence, and corruption. Colombia needs a bigger gospel than one of personal prosperity. It needs the Good News of a sovereign God who “was pleased to reconcile to himself all things . . . by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (Col. 1:20).

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Wouldn't Reading Fifty Shades Spice Up My Love Life?

Wouldn't Reading Fifty Shades Spice Up My Love Life?

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When Books Taste Like Vegetables

“Many struggle to find a good route into being a good reader,” Kathleen Nielson observes in a new roundtable video with Rosaria Butterfield and Gloria Furman. How then can one who isn’t “a reader” grow in her desire and ability?

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WATCH: Dramatic video of Tel Aviv terrorist pursuing victims as he flees bus

(Video courtesy Channel 10) Hours after a Palestinian terrorist boarded a Tel Aviv bus, stabbing and wounding nine Israelis on Wednesday morning, dramatic security camera footage of the event was revealed. The footage in question, first obtained by Channel 10, captures those aboard the bus fleeing from the scene, followed on foot by the 23-year-old terrorist from Tulkarm in the northern West Bank. As the terrorist runs from the bus, he is seen stabbing a woman in the back, who then falls to the ground. The terrorist continues on his way away from the bus, pursued on foot by three Israel Prison Service officers, who happened to be driving behind the bus at the time that the terror attack took place. At least four of the victims – including the bus driver – were listed in serious condition, while three others suffered moderate injuries and two were lightly hurt. Several more people suffered shock, according to Magen David Adom paramedics. The attack began at about 7 a.m., as the bus was reaching the Maariv junction in the center of the city. Eyewitnesses and police said the attacker began stabbing the bus driver repeatedly in the upper body.

18 The Prison Gates Opened of Their Own Accord—Really?

One of the great benefits of vacation is that there are no deadlines for being done with devotions. I can start and go as long as I want. If the Bible plan says four chapters (which it does), I can read eight. If it takes 20 minutes to read four chapters, I can take two hours. That’s the way I really like to read the Bible. Roll it around in the mouth of your mind before you swallow it down into your soul.

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The Christian Post on Twitter

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Roll Tide and Read Your Bible: Alabama Ranks No. 1 for Scripture Lovers

The Bible Belt lived up to its name as Southern locales topped the American Bible Society (ABS) and Barna Group’s annual list of Bible-minded cities, with Birmingham, Alabama, earning the No. 1 spot.

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How Should We Respond to Reports that a Fragment of Mark Dates to the First Century?

How should we respond to something like this? I think it’s appropriate to be hopeful . As an evangelical, I believe the best historical evidence points to the New Testament gospels composed in the first century: Mark (mid- to late 50s), Matthew (50s or 60s), Luke (c.  58-60), John (mid- or late 80s or early 90s). If this discovery doesn’t pan out, it doesn’t affect our dating of the gospels because the dating of the autographs (the originals) is not dependent upon the dating of manuscripts (the copies). If it does pan out—especially if it can be dated with confidence to the 80s—it would be a major discovery, because the oldest of anything is always noteworthy.

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Pope Francis Asked by Girl: Why Does God Allow Children to Experience Drugs, Prostitution?

A 12-year-old girl asked Pope Francis during Sunday's mass in the Philippines to explain why God allows children to suffer and experience horrible things like drugs and prostitution. Francis admitted that such a question is difficult to answer, but called on the world to offer more compassion.

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Is there a Christian revival starting in France?

The massive rallies in France, underwritten by the Catholic Church, against the recent same-sex marriage bill stunned the world: Isn't France the poster child for sexually-easygoing secularism? Perhaps more than a million people took to the streets, and disproportionately young ones, too. (Compare Britain's "whatever" response to its own same-sex marriage act, passed around the same time.) But they forgot that a century of militant secularism didn't kill the Old Faith — it merely drove it underground. And perhaps by privatizing faith, the secularists unwittingly strengthened it; after all, the catacombs have always been good to Christianity. Many commentators on both sides have described the protests as a kind of "conservative May 68," after the generation-defining student protests that would go on to seize the levers of power. Infamously, an unwritten rule of French politics for the past 50 years has been that mass protests will kill a government bill even if it has a majority in Parliament and in the polls. Many fret (and some relish) that the government making an exception just for social conservatives only radicalized them further.

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Chapel

The seminary community gathers to worship in Alumni Memorial Chapel on Tuesday and Thursday at 10a.m. All offices will be closed during this time.

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ACTION ALERT: Their Fate is in Your Hands

Be a voice for the voiceless. Contact your U.S. Representative before Jan. 22, and ask him or her to support H.R. 36, the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act."

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Apologetics Curriculum - Apologetics Lessons for Youth and Adults

I remember searching high and low for a curriculum that’s easy to teach. Something that focuses on the essentials of the faith—not someone’s economic views or debates about the age of the earth. Something that wouldn’t scare people off with a lot of technical, philosophical terms. I needed something my group could really get. That’s why I finally created this:

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20 Questions Toward Diagnosing Heart Idols by Tim Keller

20 piercing questions from Tim Keller. These are great questions to ask when counseling, prepping a sermon–and (gasp!) to ask ourselves to diagnose heart idols. Consider getting Keller’s book, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters

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Clay Jones

Recently a pastor wrote a very popular blog entitled, “Confronting the lie: God won’t give you more than you can handle.” I’ve seen it frequently “Shared” and apparently it has gotten many thousands of “Likes” on Facebook. In Googling around I found other websites expressing similar sentiments. I don’t want to embarrass the author so I’m not going to name him. But I’m concerned about this notion getting wide agreement because it is terribly imprecise, misleading, and can call God’s goodness into question.

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The Christian Post on Twitter

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A Working Mom's Reflections on the State of the Union

As it turned out, our neighbors knew of a young woman looking for exactly that amount of work. Lo and behold, she turned out to be a Christian. Over the course of the following two years, she and her husband formed a relationship with our family that humbled me and blessed us all. I started to realize how much pride and self-centeredness had been involved in my insistence that our kids turn to me with their every need rather than trusting God to provide a network of caregivers who would support them. I started to realize that my husband and I bring certain gifts to our children, and that we also bring very particular limitations. Other people fill in where we are deficient, whether by painting Marilee’s fingernails or teaching William about gardening or playing Monopoly with Penny or simply by joining us in teaching them and praying for them.

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Atlanta is burning: A new and ominous threat to religious liberty (COMMENTARY)

Believing what the Christian church has held for two millennia (and most Christians around the world still believe) is now a disqualification from public office. Cochran is a member of a Southern Baptist church, but the Roman Catholic Church also officially teaches that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered” and sinful. Does this mean that no Southern Baptists and no Roman Catholics who hold to the official teaching of their churches can now serve as Atlanta’s fire chief?

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Muslim preacher indicted for Temple Mount speech calling 'to slaughter Jews'

The speech was given on November 28 in the al-Kabali Mosque and led to calls of support from the worshipers attending.

33 The TC Apologetics Daily

The TC Apologetics Daily, by TC Apologetics: The latest news and thoughts for the apologetic-minded Christian.

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4 Reasons to Stop Obsessing About Heaven

Do you feel the tension? We must not minimize the comfort and glory of heaven, but we also must not so praise our condition there that we minimize the return of Christ and our resurrection. The apostle John shows us how to put this together. In John 14:1–3, Jesus promises to “go and prepare a place” for us. Too many Christians stop there and miss that John later completes this thought. In Revelation 21:1–3, John sees that place, “the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God” so that “God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them.” Jesus does temporarily take us to be with him. But in the end, Jesus comes to earth to live with us. He is Immanuel, “which means ‘God with us’” (Matt. 1:23). Let’s stop reading that name backwards.  

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Obama Threatens to Veto Pro-Life Bill to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

The Republicans in the House of Representatives will hold a vote on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade late this month on the pro-life bill and the Senate is expected to follow suit this Spring. Top Republicans and leading pro-life groups have been promoting the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth.

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Obama State of the Union 2015 Text Transcript and Full Video

We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many.

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Religious Freedom Advocates Offer To Take Lashes For Imprisoned Saudi Blogger

Compassion, a virtue honored in Islam as well as in Christianity, Judaism, and other faiths, is defined as “suffering with another.” We are persons of different faiths, yet we are united in a sense of obligation to condemn and resist injustice and to suffer with its victims, if need be. We therefore make the following request. If your government will not remit the punishment of Raif Badawi, we respectfully ask that you permit each of us to take 100 of the lashes that would be given to him. We would rather share in his victimization than stand by and watch him being cruelly tortured. If your government does not see fit to stop this from happening, we are prepared to present ourselves to receive our share of Mr. Badawi’s unjust punishment.

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This is Living (feat. Lecrae)

I'm not feeling this music video, they keep singing "this is living now" and have clips of people long boarding, goofing off, shopping etc. Living for Christ isn't about having fun, I'm not saying that we're supposed to be miserable, but we're called to give up everything and pick up our cross. Maybe I'm being to uptight, but that's just my take on it.

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SOTU Analysis: Was Obama's First Six Years as Successful as He Claimed?

The overarching theme of President Barack Obama's Tuesday State of the Union Address was that his first six years as president have been a success. Do his claims match reality?

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Author Interview: Russ Ramsey on Behold the King

I try to focus on what does translate—which is the human experience of wanting to know where we stand in this life. One of my goals with this book was to stay as faithful to scripture as possible. I did a ton of study with each chapter, trying to bring in as much historical accuracy as I could—details not necessarily in the text, but embraced by New Testament scholars. And I try to make sure that I’m caring for my reader as I write. I read aloud what I’ve written, trying to see if I’ve buried them in a bunch of book-learnin.’ I think about both Behold books as my attempt to help people hide scripture in their hearts by way of their imaginations. I firmly believe the Bible is an amazingly compelling story, very relatable.

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Adorable Seal Makes an Unlikely New Friend at The Beach – Get Ready to Smile!

This loving seal just made a new best friend and it is absolutely adorable. Unlikely new friend, but so adorable to see. A seal meets a dog and instantly they become best friends!

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Fazale Rana on Twitter

Is there scientific evidence for the image of God? Cave art from SE Asia provides insight http://bit.ly/1J7TjkW  pic.twitter.com/rJdrkqHnLh

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55 Million Babies and 43 Years Later: Abortion Still an Iconic Battle Line

A bill meant to ban abortions after 20 weeks after fertilization will likely be voted on in the Republican-dominated House of Representatives on Thursday, which is the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade  and also the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

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Christians Celebrate Supreme Court Approval of Religious Prison Beards

The court sided 9-0 with Arkansas prisoner Gregory Holt (also called Abdul Maalik Muhammad), who claimed a right to maintain a half-inch beard as a part of his religious practice as a Muslim. The justices did not find evidence that a beard that short would pose a substantial security threat, as the state's Department of Corrections argued. Its lack of accommodations was ruled a violation of inmates’ religious freedom.

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Ligonier Ministries on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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Joy Beyond the Forced Optimism of Cancer Culture

When the popular Christian speaker and author Margaret Feinberg resolved to live by the word “joy” at the start of a new year, she embarked on a series of failed joy experiments, including a couple of weeks of saying “yes” to every request made of her. Just as her resolution to live more joyfully began to seem directionless and even a little bit silly, an unexpected breast cancer diagnosis startled her into a frightening new reality.

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Birmingham and Beyond: Racial Tensions in America (Part 3 of 3)

Carolyn McKinstry discusses her experiences during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, including her survival of several violent clashes resulting from racial tensions. (Part 3 of 3) Also, Jim Daly talks briefly with Rep. Trent Franks about an important congressional vote to protect preborn babies which is scheduled to occur tomorrow, Jan. 22. 

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This Girl is Born Different Than Most People, But Reminds Us of One Very Important Thing

Although God made this girl a little different, she still delivers a powerful message. Not everyone is made perfectly. We must accept what we are given, and never envy others. Most of all, wake up every day and just say to yourself that you are "beautiful."

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The harmful divisiveness at the heart of President Obama's tax plan

In his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled a tax plan. With a Republican-controlled Congress, it almost certainly won't pass. It is purely a bit of politics — but that's what makes it interesting. It is less a policy agenda than a statement by the most progressive president in a generation about what the good society looks like. And it is telling indeed.

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Save the Date(s)! Update on TGC Women’s Initiatives

3. SAVE THE DATE ALERT: Our next women’s conference (#TGCW16) will take place June 16 to 18, 2016 (Thursday to Saturday), in the beautiful downtown Indianapolis convention center. Many hotels and restaurants are nearby, and the center has great capacity. Besides all that, many of you have told us it was time for a change! We think you are right. The most important thing, though, is what we’ll be doing there: gathering around the Word of God. It’s another TGC conference for women but not all about women. Formal announcements and details are forthcoming, but we’re delighted to tell you that our plenary speakers will teach through the book of 1 Peter in a conference we’re titling “Resurrection Life: In a World of Suffering.”

51 Serving Patients In a Broken World
52 Renewing Your Mind | Thinking with a Discerning Mind | January 21, 2015
53 The Christian Post on Twitter
54 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle Was a Good Christian Man Who Did Not 'Love War,' Says Widow Amid Film Criticism
55 Bible to Be Mississippi's Official State Book? Lawmakers Not Doing Jesus Followers a Favor, Says Christian Ethicist
56 Watch How These Strangers React to A Homeless Man Falling In The Street – Very Powerful!
57 Early Presidential Prospects, by Thomas Sowell, National Review
58 'Star Wars,' 'Lord of the Rings,' 'Downton Abbey' Actors Combine for Christian 'Braveheart' Project
59 Nigerian Mother, Daughters Say Father Had His Throat Slashed by Boko Haram as They Fled Baga Massacre
60 Abortion Tweetathon This Thursday - Stand to Reason Blog
61 The Greatest Hits of N. T. Wright
62 Sean McDowell on Twitter
63 Evaluating Edmund Clowney’s Approach to Christ-Centered Preaching |
64 Ligonier.org
65 Luke 19 and the Segregation of the Church
66 Creation, Providence, and Miracle | Reasonable Faith
67 One of the Clearest (and Earliest) Summaries of Early Christian Beliefs
68 Calif. Pastor: I Had an Abortion; I'm 'Haunted' Daily by Impossible Dream of Hearing Aborted Baby Say 'Daddy'
69 Super Bowl Party Stereotypes
70 Religious decline in America? The answer depends on your timeframe - Corner of Church and State
71 Who Is Responsible For Revival?
72 Rob Lowe and Jenna Fischer Will Face the End of the World Together In 'Apocalypse Slough'
73 Lessons I learned in seminary
74 The Christian Post on Twitter
75 Neighborhood Barber Goes Above and Beyond for Those Going Through Tough Times
76 Biola University on Twitter
77 Josh McDowell on Twitter
78 Conservative Princeton Professor Robert P. George and Others Offer to Take 1,000 Lashes for Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi
79 The Greatest False Idol of Modern Christianity
80 Book Review: Jesus, A Visual History: the Dramatic Story of the Messiah in the Holy Land
81 WORLD | Globe Trot: Is Russia spying on U.S.-Cuba talks? | Mindy Belz | Jan. 21, 2015
82 WORLD | Jindal, Cruz, and Graham stand out this week in White House race | Jan. 21, 2015
83 Lee Strobel on Twitter
84 Jana Muntsinger on Twitter
85 Get Excited: The Mountain Goats Have a New Album In the Works
86 WORLD | Removing the rape and incest exceptions for abortion | La Shawn Barber | Jan. 21, 2015
87 Mikel Del Rosario on Twitter
88 The Comfort Zone: Words of Comfort: Weeds.