Sex ed strike cuts Toronto school’s attendance in half: parents urged to join province-wide
Parents across Ontario should follow Thorncliffe Park’s lead, says Jack Fonseca. 'Liberals are shaking in their electoral boots.'
The Good Samaritan’s Smartphone and the Law of Love
The statistics are as clear as a red stoplight on a dark night.
Talking on the phone while driving makes you 4-times more likely to get into an accident. Texting while driving makes you 23-times more likely to get into…
Johnny Cash’s 10 Best Spiritual Songs
The Man in Black's path to God didn't run smooth.
12 Stats You Need to Know on Suicide Prevention Day
We need to recognize how far reaching these issues really are.
Paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Suggests Our Solar System Is Exceptional
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
Jesus Myth Theory: A Christian Response | Hope's Reason
A resource page dealing with all matters concerning the Jesus myth. It includes books, links, videos and primary sources that respond to the Jesus Myth.
From Darwin and Galton to Sanger and Planned Parenthood, John West Traces the Evolution of an Idea
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution.
An Orphan Pony Finds Friendship With a Fluffy Teddy Bear
It's amazing how healing the power of love can be. It can change someone's attitude instantly. This is a story about an orphan pony named Breeze who lost his mother and was found in a park.
The High Five (Sept. 11)
A handful of good news stories to brighten your weekend.
How Christine Caine is Becoming the Face of a Movement
From justice to worship to raising up a new generation of leaders, Christine Caine is sparking change in the Church.
Benedict Cumberbatch Appears in New Video Urging Support for Refugees
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has partnered with the organization Save the Children for this new video, asking viewers to help the millions of refugees displaced by violence in Syria. The spot features a song from the band Crowded House called “Help Is Coming,” a charity single which will also support the organization’s efforts to deliver aid to the refugees.
In The New Yorker, a Rant from Lawrence Krauss Makes "Militant Atheism" Sound Pretty Good
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You Need to See This Incredible College Ad Featuring a Former Child Soldier
If you have an extra 90 seconds to spare, you should really watch this new commercial for Western Sydney University featuring the story of a former child soldier. The video tells how Deng Adut was kidnapped as boy, forced to become a child soldier and eventually became a refugee in Australia. After teaching himself to read, he went to college, became a lawyer and now dedicates his life to helping other refugees.
A Biblical Perspective on Death, Terrorism, and the Middle East, Pt 1
Abraham fathered the Jewish people. In chapter 12 of Genesis God said to Abram, then called Abram, later called Abraham, "Go forth from your country, from your relatives, from your father's house to the land that I'll show you. I'll make you a great nation. I'll bless you, make your name great. So shall you be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and the one who curses you, I'll curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." God said...you're My man, out of you is going to come My nation and that nation is going to bring about blessing on those who bless them and cursing on those who curse them. God gave to Abraham the promise that He would give him the land. Turn to chapter 15 verse 18, "On the day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, He said, 'To your descendants I have given this land from the river of Egypt...that's from the Nile in the south...as far as the great river, the Euphrates...that's east...through that fertile crescent, through that Mesopotamian valley, all the land of the Kenite, the Kenizzite, the Kadmonite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Rephaim, the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Girgashite, the Jebusite, everything from the Mediterranean coast deep into the Middle East. It's your land, I give it to you.'"
Watch Foals Rock Out On CCTV
Because rock should happen anywhere and everywhere, today Foals released a CCTV live video. In it, the British band tears through their recent single “Albatross.” Yup, even in grainy black and white, they still have it. Watch the clip below. The band’s new album What Went Down is out now.
What Do We Make of '90 Minutes in Heaven'?
The slow-developing movie focuses far more on the pain both Piper (Hayden Christensen) experienced and his family, especially his wife (Kate Bosworth), endured as he lay in hospital beds for months—suffocating with a desire to return to heaven and unwilling to communicate either about his NDE or what was happening in his soul. The slowness of the scenes accentuates the slowness of his recovery. But recover he did, to find a purpose in life—to tell people that heaven is real and that prayer really works.
Trump Accepts Colbert’s Dare; Will Appear on ‘Late Show’
GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump and new Late Show host Stephen Colbert are going to meet face-to-face . Just weeks after Colbert issued, “not an invitation,” but a dare to Trump to come on his late-night talk show, Trump has announced he will pay Colbert a visit. On his opening night as the CBS show’s new host, Colbert spent nearly five minutes poking fun at Donald Trump and his polarizing campaign, so the announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise from both camps. Either way, it should make for some interesting TV. Tonight, the Donald will be a guest on NBC’s Tonight Show, where his conversation with Jimmy Fallon will likely be a bit friendlier.
Gideon and Samson: God's Strength in Man's Weakness
In terms of brute strength, Samson was the greatest champion in all of Israel’s history. Yet he was also a man with horrendous faults. Even so, he is included—along with Gideon—in the list of those who walked by faith (Hebrews 11:32). His final act of valor shows that, in the humiliation and brokenness of his last days, he had come to truly depend on the Lord. He became a hero of faith by trusting God to use him in death and bring him into His presence.
America After 9/11: Is Religion Evil? - Apologetics Guy
How did 9/11 change America’s attitude toward religion? An interesting post on CNN’s Belief Blog says: “Before 9/11, many atheists kept a low profile. Something changed, though, after 9/11. They got loud… Criticism of all religion, not just fanatical cults, was no longer taboo after 9/11.” Indeed. Around the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, American Atheists hit the nightly news by suing to remove a steel cross from the September 11 memorial, even as others were calling it a national monument and a symbol of hope. Still, many atheists continue to say 9/11 is a perfect example of why religion itself is evil. Is Religion Evil?
Why Claiming “Belief is a Psychological Crutch” Backfires | Come Reason's Apologetics Notes
I just had the opportunity to listen to a recent Unbelievable? podcast where
Christian biologist Zachary Ardern squared off against Peter Atkins, debating
the topic " The
Case from Science For & Against God ." Atkins is an avowed atheist and is
steeped in philosophical
scientism . He even said near the end of the interview (about 55:35 and
following) that science is really the only way to discover truth and if one
isn't leveraging science as the ultimate arbitrar of truth people are "not
fulfilling their human capability." 1 I guess that means
we should shutter all the humanities departments at the colleges as a huge waste
Given Atkins' full-blown scientism, it should be no surprise that
he repeatedly decried any appeal to an immaterial cause for the order and design
we see in the universe as "intellectually lazy." Arden tried to challenge Atkins
on this point by explaining that scientist routinely distinguish between
personal and mechanistic explanations every day (such as by forensic
scientists). He then extended that to say an immaterial mind could provide
better explanatory power than a purely mechanistic account of how the universe
came to be.
The Christian Education Committee of Catawba Presbytery together with Christian Education Ministries is hosting a Spiritual Life Conference. Be encouraged by our keynote speaker, Hank Hanegraaff, as he speaks to us regarding apologetics and evangelism. Get practical answers for presenting and defending our faith. Child care programs will be provided. A box supper is included for all registrants.
Is There Meaning in Evil and Suffering? (4 of 11)
A panel discussion and debate on the meaning of evil and suffering from theists Dr. William Lane Craig and Ravi Zacharias, atheist Dr. Bernard Leikind (a plasma physicist and senior editor of Skeptic magazine), and Hindu Dr. Jitendra Mohanty (one of India's most distinguished Hindu philosophers and professor at Emory University). Table of Contents: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list... We welcome your comments in the Reasonable Faith forums: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/forums/
9/11 Budweiser Commercial - AIRED ONLY ONCE
Please watch this commercial Budweiser did after 9/11. They only aired it once so as not to benefit financially from it - they just wanted to acknowledge the tragic event ...... Thanks to SM for this beautiful tribute.
Händel Messiah - Hallelujah Chorus
Georg Friedrich Händel - Oratorio - Messiah, HWV 56 Part 2, No. 44 Chorus Hallelujah Chorus Performed by The English Concert & Choir Hallelujah, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth, Hallelujah! The Kingdom of this world is become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever, Hallelujah! King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and he shall reign for ever and ever, Hallelujah! (Revelation 19:6; 11:15 ; 19:16 ) Directed from the harpsichord by Trevor Pinnock Remember: to watch in stereo quality, just add &fmt=18 to the link.
When does your religion legally excuse you from doing part of your job?
This accommodation is somewhat broader than the one I originally discussed above (which was just removing her name from the licenses and certificates, and possibly replacing it with “Rowan County Clerk”). She would object to having the documents note that they come from the office “Rowan County Clerk,” and she would also want an official declaration from the court that the licenses aren’t being issued under her authority. It’s possible that these demands go a bit too far for the Kentucky RFRA (as I noted above, the more burdensome a requested accommodation is, the less likely it is that a court will grant it), though it’s hard to tell, given that RFRAs are written in general terms, and a lot of the line-drawing questions are left for judges to make on a case-by-case basis. Still, the accommodation doesn’t seem tremendously burdensome, or that different from what’s already being done under the judge’s order, so it’s possible that this is what will happen.
Lead researcher claims fossils are from a previously unknown being,
but others say he’s jumped…
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The Most Important Question About Abortion
Is abortion right, or is it wrong? It's the big question that's lost in a societal debate that's mostly focused on legality. But, really, whether it's right or wrong is the most important question about abortion. You can support Prager University by clicking https://www.prageruniversity.com/dona... Free videos are great, but to continue producing high-quality content, even small contributions are greater. Do you shop on Amazon? Now you can feel even better about it! Click http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-1763901 and a percentage of every Amazon purchase will be donated to PragerU. Same great products. Same low price. Charity made simple. Visit us directly! http://www.prageruniversity.com LIKE us! https://www.facebook.com/prageru Follow us! https://twitter.com/prageru If you are an educator and are interested in using material like this in your classroom, click https://www.prageruniversity.com/educ...
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I’m a Duke freshman. Here’s why I refused to read ‘Fun Home.’
After researching the book’s content and reading a portion of it, I chose to opt out of the assignment. My choice had nothing to do with the ideas presented. I’m not opposed to reading memoirs written by LGBTQ individuals or stories containing suicide. I’m not even opposed to reading Freud, Marx or Darwin. I know that I’ll have to grapple with ideas I don’t agree with, even ideas that I find immoral.
Saved from Islam on September 11
I ’ve heard that Christians are made, not born. How true that is, I don’t know. My wife, Jennifer, was born on a Thursday and baptized by her father, a Lutheran pastor, the following Sunday. She may not have been born a Christian, but she is about as close as one can get. For me, the path to Christian faith has been far rockier.
The Eric Metaxas Show - The Show About Everything
Emmy-winning actor Tony Hale joins the show talk about his children’s book, Veep and Arrested Development.
How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive
I wouldn’t have noticed the difference if it weren’t for my affection for unusual pens, which brought me to my first good fountain pen. A lifetime writing with the ballpoint and minor variations on the concept (gel pens, rollerballs) left me unprepared for how completely different a fountain pen would feel. Its thin ink immediately leaves a mark on paper with even the slightest, pressure-free touch to the surface. My writing suddenly grew extra lines, appearing between what used to be separate pen strokes. My hand, trained by the ballpoint, expected that lessening the pressure from the pen was enough to stop writing, but I found I had to lift it clear off the paper entirely. Once I started to adjust to this change, however, it felt like a godsend; a less-firm press on the page also meant less strain on my hand.
Rosaria Butterfield on Sexuality and Identity
What is the biggest misconception among Christians about the relationship between sexuality and identity? Rosaria Butterfield, author of the recent book "Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ" (Crown and Covenant, 2015), shares some helpful and unhelpful ways Christians often talk about their sin, struggles, and identity as children of God.
Fuller Seminary Takes a Stand
Although a decision such as this is never made happily or easily, I am grateful for the courage of senior faculty at Fuller Seminary in asserting the importance of a stance on sexual ethics that Jesus clearly regarded as foundational: a male-female requirement for sexual relations (Mark 10:2-12; Matt 19:3-9). Had Fuller set a precedent of embracing faculty whose position toward sexual ethics was so at odds with Jesus’s own, it would soon have ceased to be an evangelical institution.
Why Churches Need to Talk About Suicide
That on this planet we share, every 40 seconds, someone dies by suicide. Untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide. So it's all about encouraging people who struggle to know that it's OK to ask for help—and by help, I mean professional help: a licensed mental health counselor. If your car isn't working, you take it to a mechanic. If you break your arm, you go to the hospital. Mental health shouldn't be any different—if you need help, it’s OK to ask for help.
Making the Most of the Meantime
View your time in “the waiting room” as a season of growth and development and you’ll find you’ll be that much more ready when “the moment” finally arrives. Waiting for answers can be one of the most grueling seasons of life, but with the proper perspective, you may look back on these periods as some of the most formative and meaningful times of life. So make the most of it. What are you waiting for?
Seven Women: Saints Who Won't Make You Gag | The Stream
Is there any prospect less appealing than a female aristocrat who dabbles in radical politics, has children with different men, then later in life discovers the virtues of chastity and poverty? From that stark summary you would expect that this Russian emigre to France would be comprehensively insufferable, a mish-mash of Ayn Rand and Simone de Beauvoir, with a dash of Dorothy Day. But Metaxas makes a convincing case that Maria was a woman with a deep religious vision, who flustered and flummoxed the Tsar-loving monks and bishops who joined her French exile from Bolshevik tyranny because she loved God purely and cleanly — a love she saw through to the end in the even deeper darkness of the Nazi Occupation, as she helped to hide hundreds of Jews from French functionaries who were only too happy to help the Germans deport them. My favorite detail was this one: Saint Maria helped a Russian priest to forge baptismal certificates to save the lives of Jewish children by passing them off as gentiles.
6 Costs of Real Friendships
We often think of friendship as hanging out and having fun. That’s certainly part of it. But the test of our love comes when our friend wants to do something or needs something from us that isn’t so fun. This is when we must be willing to put aside our personal preferences and value others as more important than ourselves (Phil. 2:3). Maybe they’re going through a hard season and need us to listen. Perhaps they need a favor we find burdensome.
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Ligon Duncan is Chancellor/CEO of the Reformed Theological Seminary system and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology. Born in Greenville, South Carolina, and reared in a Christian home, he did his studies at Furman University, Greenville, SC (BA); Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis (MDiv & MA); and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (PhD). Ligon and his wife, Anne, have two children. Ligon has edited, written, and contributed to numerous books, most recently including: The Gospel As Center , Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood , Preaching the Cross , Fear Not: Death and the Afterlife from a Christian Perspective , In My Place Condemned He Stood , Does Grace Grow Best in Winter? .
How to Engage Culture and Swim Against It
And what I mean by contra fashion is that a person can be driven by what is so popular or can be driven by what is not popular that there is a whole culture luring people to conform to nonconformity. How else can you explain the manufacture of jeans with holes in them, right? I mean, the manufacture of jeans that are tattered with holes. What is that? This is the mainstreaming of contra fashion, which, of course, will lead to a contra contra fashion and so on. And the point that I was trying to get at was, you can be a jellyfish by craving to look preppy or you can be a jellyfish by craving to look anti-preppy — either way. You are not free when you conform to all your grunge friends. That is not freedom. That is just rebellion in a new conformity.
Joe Biden's Late Show Appearance With Stephen Colbert Turns Emotional
Stephen Colbert’s new comedy show was effectively preempted on Thursday, its third day on the air, in favor of a wrenching, intimate conversation about love, loss, and running for president between the comedian and Vice President Joe Biden, who said he still has moments when he breaks down over the recent death of his son Beau, and “you can’t do that” during a presidential campaign.
Baby That Was Clinically Pronounced Dead Was Revived by a Mother's Touch – A Miracle From God!
When baby Jamie was born 27 weeks early his mother and father knew his chances of life were very slim. The doctors in the room pronounced him dead and allowed the parents to hold him one more time.
RZIM in Asia: A Prayer for Singapore Elections | RZIM
On Friday, September 11, Singapore will hold national elections. “Singapore as a nation will be going to the polls tomorrow. It is a critical decision time, a defining election for this influential country,” Ravi Zacharias told a gathering of leaders on Thursday. “Singapore has one of the strongest economies in the world, and it has become a center for education with many opportunities for the youth. It is remarkable when you look at what has been accomplished in five decades to make it such a powerhouse, and people will vote at the ballot box to determine what they want the future to look like.”
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Choir Replaces Name of Jesus with Hillary Clinton in Rendition of Old Hymn
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is under fire for a campaign song which replaces the name of Jesus in an old hymn with that of her own.
Nancy Pelosi Bashes Pro-Lifers on Planned Parenthood: They Need to Learn the Birds and the Bees
She said, “Since I have been here — it’s 28 years — they have been out to get Planned Parenthood. … And the hardest thing, the hardest convincing, that I’ve ever had to do … is to convince people that what was going on here was anti-family planning. It wasn’t about abortion — grant everybody where they are on that subject — but they did not support family planning. If you don’t like termination of a pregnancy … you must love family planning, right? Do we need to have a discussion of the birds and bees with them?”
He Thought He Would Die Inside the Twin Towers on 9/11 – But the Power of Prayer Saved Him!
This man, Sujo John, miraculously escaped the 9/11 tragedy with his life. On a unforgettable day of tragedy, God spared the life of this man who called upon him.
Pithy or Toxic: How to Write Good Satire | Intercollegiate Review
So there are a number of principles that a writer aspiring to write moral satire should keep in mind. First, he should live in community, and not in a Unabomber cabin. He should not be an angry man, the sort of guy who consistently gets bad service in every restaurant he goes to. He should be an engaged member of a church, and a loving member of a family, and no one he knows in either of those places should flinch whenever he walks into the room. He uses satire in the right place, as the right tool for a particular job—and not as the only hammer he has. A writer should target lack of proportion, which is not the same as exhibiting lack of proportion. He should be a wordsmith, and be a careful student of those who have successfully written this way in the past. He needs to be courageous—he needs to be the kind of writer who punches up. As King Lune of Archenland put it, “Never taunt a man save when he is stronger than you: then, as you please.” And the motive force of all that he writes should be that he deeply loves what he is defending. Some people sign up because they have to shoot something , and wolves will do in a pinch.
Women's Apologetics Conference
Because women are by nature relational, an apologetics conference for women just makes sense. We enjoy learning new ways, better ways to communicate with others the truths of our faith that have everyday practicality built into the most important questions/answers of life. A women’s conference gives us the opportunity to settle areas of doubt/confusion and unashamedly to address the dilemmas our culture has no clue how to face. Talking about our sincere concerns in a safe place, where no question is out of bounds, just frees us as believers not to “play at” Christianity, but with confidence to help those who want to understand how the truth that Christianity espouses is the Good News for this time in history.
“I’ve seen eyes misty with tears as women come to understand for the first time that the Bible is actually, literally God’s Word. What great mercy we have been shown—that the Creator who spoke everything that ever was into existence would give us his Word. Jen Wilkin knows this mercy in the core of her being. She has tasted and seen God’s goodness in his Word, and she doesn’t want a single woman to miss it. Read Women of the Word with your Bible open and your friends alongside you. Think of this book as a maître d` of a Bible study banquet—have a seat, here are your utensils, dig in, and enjoy .”
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What Everyone Should Know About The Problem of Evil - Apologetics Guy
Over the past couple of years, I’ve heard from hundreds of high school and college students who say that the number one challenge to the existence of God is the evil and suffering we see in the world. But how well does the problem of evil really argue for the atheist conclusion? Does evil really mean there’s no God? And can atheism really help us make better sense of evil?
Politics for Christians - Christian Research Institute
Politics is concerned with citizenship and the administration of justice–how communities are formed and governed. The role of Christians in the political process is hotly contested, but as citizens, Francis Beckwith argues, Christians have a rich heritage of sophisticated thought, as well as a genuine responsibility, to contribute to the shaping of public policy. In particular, Beckwith addresses the contention that Christians, or indeed religious citizens of any faith, should set aside their beliefs before they enter the public square.
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12 Books Every Social Justice Advocate Should Read
Any list of this nature is going to have haters just like trying to compile a top ten songs or movies of the century but thanks for taking the time as it certainly puts some more books into focus - i would agree with the need for a John Perkins book and although i have some questions about the Simple Way praxis having lived there for 18 months i would still suggest Shane Claiborne's Irresistible Revolution as the theology in there is solid... love Sarah Bessey but would not put Jesus Feminist on a top ten list - think it is perfect for people stuck in patriarchal ways but beyond that not so much and definitely would keep Michelle Alexander and The New Jim Crow and possibly add a book by Father Greg Boyle who lives out what he speaks which for me is the most important...
A Thousand Sorrows Teaches a Man to Preach
After admitting his “ingrown tendency to complexify” and emphasizing that the Bible itself prepares a man to preach, The Gospel Coalition president Don Carson agrees that suffering does play a role as well. “Suffering—but also joys—are part of human experience that enable us to interact with people more knowledgeably,” Carson says. “All of that with time,” Carson adds, “must give us more depth, more penetration, more affective elements in our preaching.”
Steadied by Faith After a Humbling Loss
I’ve spent a career in journalism questioning others, and yet it was three questions asked of me that pushed me to figure out, as everyone must at some point: What do I believe, fundamentally, about life and the world? The first question came, however unusually, from a president of the United States.
Why Does God’s Creation Include Death and Suffering?
In times of suffering, Christians honor the Lord by trusting Him
and knowing that He loves them and has a purpose for their lives. The
presence of suffering in the world should remind us all that we are sinners
in a sin-cursed world and also prompt us to tell others about the
salvation available in Christ—after all, that would be the loving thing
to do. We can tell people the truth of how they, too, can be saved from
this sin-cursed world and live eternally with a perfect and good God.
Why Christianity Is Surging in the Heart of Islam
“People in the West measure religious freedom exclusively by the freedom of Muslims to convert,” said Schwartz, but he believes this view is too narrow. He grants that restrictions exist, and believes Islam at best “tolerates” non-Muslims. But the general freedom that Christians have to worship in much of the Arabian Peninsula issues from the Muslim faith and should be appreciated, he said.
In Our Time
The title track is both a prayer and a cry to God that He would bring revival in our day. This theme resounds throughout the album, a wake-up call to the church to walk the narrow road, keep their eyes fixed on Jesus, turn from their compromise, and give all glory and honour and praises to Jesus forever, calling on heaven to come here, to awaken our lives to worship, knowing that Jesus is the same, only He can raise the dead, His love reaches far, and it's His plan to make us like He is.
Sudanese Forces Raped, Murdered and Burned Civilians Alive in Darfur, Human Rights Group Says
Sudanese security forces have killed, raped and burned civilians alive during two military campaigns in Darfur that left thousands of people displaced from their homes, a prominent human rights organization has claimed.
Ashley Madison and the Death of Monogamy
“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” One of the most striking aspects of the Seventh Commandment is its utter simplicity. Without equivocation or evasion, God’s law is clear and self-explanatory. The very fact that God included adultery in the “thou shall nots” of the Ten Commandments indicates its particular evil and danger. Moses did not have to provide further elaboration.
Renewing Your Mind | Scripture & Culture | September 11, 2015
In the series Knowing Scripture we're studying the tools and principles to properly interpret God's Word and apply the truth to our lives. Today's lesson delves into one of the most important, but also one of the most difficult topics in biblical interpretation: culture. People in ancient Israel lived much differently than we live today. Recognizing these differences is key to understanding the Bible.