Accordance Blog

December 2011

Happy Birthday iOS

December 30, 2011 - Rick Bennett — Almost one year to the day we announced the long-awaited release of the Accordance iOS app. It is exciting to look back and see the progress we’ve made in that time thanks to a devoted development team, and the enthusiastic support and recommendations of our users. In that time we’ve had a significant number of downloads from users all over the globe. Thank you for making our app a success! For me this excitement came to a peak with the recent release of version 1.4. With this release our app has moved beyond being a simple r ...

That's Right, Preacher Man! I Am Dangerous

December 23, 2011 - David Lang — A few weeks ago, I heard a preacher talking about Galatians 4:4, which speaks of God sending his son "in the fullness of time." The preacher explained that there are two Greek words for "time": chronos and kairos. Chronos, he asserted, refers to time as something measurable and sequential. The impression he gave was that this was just the regular, value-neutral word for time. Kairos, on the other hand, refers to a significant moment in time. The impression he gave was that this word is used to indicate a moment in time which is somehow ...

What is the Glory of Preaching?

December 21, 2011 - David Lang — Last year, I began reading a print copy of Darrell Johnson's The Glory of Preaching for my own edification. After I had finished the first chapter, I e-mailed our VP of Licensing and asked him to license the book for Accordance. It's that good, and I'm pleased to announce that an Accordance edition is now available. What makes The Glory of Preaching so good? Well, it covers much of the ground you would expect in a book about preaching, discussing the process of moving from studying a passage to developing a sermon, various ways to ...

Looking for Unique Christmas Images?

December 14, 2011 - David Lang — Do you find yourself producing more visuals than usual during Advent? Is your church producing slide presentations, bulletins, flyers advertising a Christmas program, and the like? Are you sending out Christmas cards and letters? Do you ever find yourself looking for unique Christmas images to include in all these documents and presentations? You can do a Google image search and find some nice images, but it can be a lot of work separating the wheat from the chaff. When you do manage to find the perfect image, it is often too small and ...

Win Accordance Packages (and More) at Bible Geek Gone Wild

December 13, 2011 - David Lang — The Bible Geek Gone Wild blog is sponsoring its 4th Annual 12 Days Before Christmas Book Giveaway. One of today's prize packs includes the Accordance Library Introductory Level, with other Accordance packages slated to be given away on other days. If you'd like a chance to win, visit this page for contest entry details.

What Are Those Book Divisions in the Psalms?

December 12, 2011 - David Lang — My family has been reading through the Psalms together for the past couple months, and the other day we read Psalm 72. Before we began, my wife remarked that we were about to start Book 3 of the Psalms, and then she asked about the significance of these "books." Most print Bibles and Bible outlines distinguish five book divisions in the Psalter. Book 1 consists of Psalms 1–41, Book 2 of Psalms 42–72, Book 3 of Psalms 73–89, Book 4 of Psalms 90–106, and Book 5 of Psalms 107–150. Even if you're not familiar with these book divisions, it i ...

Meeting Week and Party with the Lang Gang

December 09, 2011 - David Lang — This has been a long, exhausting, yet incredibly productive week. There are so many big doings afoot at OakTree Software that we set aside this week for a series of long meetings on a variety of subjects, and a few of our out-of-state colleagues came in to participate. Since we don't always get all these folks together in one place at one time, my wife and I decided to make the most of it and invite everyone out to our place for a Christmas party. It turned out to be a wonderful way to close out a pretty intense week. Now, a party at t ...

Eerdman's Dictionary of Early Judaism Now Available

December 07, 2011 - David Lang — In the high school English class I teach, I had my students write an actual sermon manuscript. (I figured that would be more interesting than having them write a mere "persuasive essay.") One of my students wrote a sermon on the prologue to John's gospel, and at one point she contrasted the Jewish and Greek understandings of the word logos. It was impressive, but also a little unsettling. Since I didn't ask my students to cite their sources (that will come in later assignments), I had no idea where she got that information. Had she heard it ...

Reading the Christmas Classics

December 05, 2011 - David Lang — My favorite part of the Christmas season is getting to read really cool stories to my children. In addition to the biblical narratives, I love reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, A Christmas Carol, and The Gift of the Magi. There's something about brilliant writing that just begs to be read over and over again, so I never tire of reading these stories year after year. This year, in addition to my own children, I'm trying to expose other kids to the genius of Dickens and O. Henry. I'm teaching high school English at my children's ...

Coming Up With Something New to Say at Christmas

December 01, 2011 - David Lang — At this time of year, preachers the world over are faced with the daunting task of finding something new to say about Christmas. The details of Christ's birth are repeated in Christmas story-books, television specials, and Peanuts cartoons, so everyone in your congregation—even that guy who can only be expected to show up again next Easter—is at least somewhat familiar with the story. It's true that a preacher might focus on exploring the poetic paradoxes and profound implications of the incarnation, but how can he say anything that hasn't ...