Accordance Blog

January 2011 — 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 ...

New Release: Comprehensive Bible Cross References

November 30, 2011 - Rick Bennett — Every so often there are those individuals who are so enamored with the Bible that they embark on a journey to unearth its meaning and message in fresh new ways for the church as a whole. This describes Timothy and Jerry Clontz, the editors of The Comprehensive New Testament, who spent over a decade translating the New Testament and mapping out 40,000 cross references from the Bible to a vast array of secondary literature. The stated goal of the editors in their Cross Reference Index is summarized as follows: To better understand ...

"Accordance Has Changed My Life"

November 23, 2011 - David Lang — The annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) are now over, and after flying all night, I am happily back home with my family. Like all the other members of the Accordance team, I'm exhausted after a busy week of demonstrating Accordance to hundreds of scholars, students, and pastors. Yet we're also exhilarated by all the kind words we received and excitement we saw. This year, more than any other I can remember, we had numerous people thanking us for the work we're doing and ...

Shootout in the Morning, Party at Night

November 21, 2011 - David Lang — Yesterday was a big day for us at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). In the morning, we participated in a "Bible Software Shootout" organized by the Computer Assisted Research Section. In spite of the title, the "shootout" was a congenial affair in which different Bible software vendors got to show how their software could be used in academic teaching. Mark Hoffmann has written a good summary of the event at his Biblical Studies and Technological Tools blog, and you can download a transcript of the Accordance ...

San Francisco Training Seminar This Friday

November 15, 2011 - David Lang — Whenever we travel to another city for a conference, we make it a point to offer at least one Accordance training seminar while we're there. But when you're exhibiting at conferences as all-consuming as the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), working in a training seminar can be a challenge. In recent years, we've decided the best day to offer a seminar is the Friday when ETS is drawing to a close and SBL is about to begin. That way, anyone staying through the close of ETS ...

Basics of Biblical Greek: Remastered

November 14, 2011 - Rick Bennett — Rewind to Fall 2004: I just decided to register for my first Biblical Greek course in college, and while waiting in line to finalize my registration I ended up talking with a student who was actually taking it for the second time. Naturally, I started to get a little paranoid, wondering if this was a good choice. Not to mention, he also warned me that on the first day of class our prof would line us up outside the class and we’d have to light a match and recite the alphabet before it went out! As it turns out you can actually recite it a ...

Learning Biblical Greek

November 09, 2011 - Darin Allen — When I was a sophomore in college, I remember going through a Bible study workbook called Men of Faith. One of the most memorable lessons from this workbook was a chapter on the Apostle Peter. This lesson focused on the exchange between Peter and the resurrected Jesus in John 21. In this chapter, Peter has just denied Jesus three times—after fervently promising that he would stand by Jesus to the bitter end. Now, Jesus gives Peter three chances to reaffirm his love by asking the question “Do you love me?” Each time, Peter responds by saying, ...

Accordance 9.5 Brings Dynamic Interlinear and More

November 08, 2011 - David Lang — The fact that people are still blown away by the features we introduced in Accordance 1.0 is a testament to how revolutionary a program it was. Seventeen years later, we haven't stopped innovating. We haven't even slowed down. More cool stuff is right around the corner… That's how I ended my most recent blog post last week. Today, I'm pleased to announce that some of the "cool stuff" I alluded to has arrived: Accordance 9.5 is here, with more ridiculously cool features than can reasonably be expected in a point-update. Better still, it's ...

SBL Snapshots: The 1.0 Demo

November 03, 2011 - David Lang — This week I've been giving you glimpses into the upcoming annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). We exhibit at these shows every year, and we generally time major product releases to coincide with them. So far, I've described how we provide sit-down demos so customers can really get a feel for how Accordance can meet their research and study needs. Today I want to talk about another interesting ETS/SBL phenomenon: the 1.0 Demo. At most shows, Accordance's unmatched ...

Post Your Reviews for a Chance to Win

November 02, 2011 - David Lang — Last week, Darin announced that the Accordance website now supports user-submitted product reviews. We know it's one thing for us to tell you that a particular Accordance resource will be an indispensable addition to your library, and quite another when another users writes, "Hey, I purchased this and can't imagine life without it!" Or when they write, "I thought this would be helpful, but it's not a good fit for my needs." Because these users have no vested interest in getting you to purchase or pass over a particular resource, their ...

SBL Snapshots: The Sit-Down Demo

November 01, 2011 - David Lang — In yesterday's post, I talked about how we're all gearing up for the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). I promised to give you a few glimpses into what it's like to exhibit at these scholarly conferences. The first thing I want to mention is an approach to demos we don't use at any other shows: the sit-down demo. At most shows with exhibit halls, people browse the booths without a whole lot of purpose. They might be looking at books and be surprised to see a booth ...

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