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Butler's Sermon Starters

January 11, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — When I was growing up, our pastor prepared at minimum three sermons a week and often more for special occasions, funerals and occasional invitations to preach midweek at some gathering or another church. Just with what was required for his weekly schedule, he had to prepare over 150 sermons, but the actual number was much higher. Whether you preach three sermons a week, or one, or maybe just an occasional sermon on invitation, with much prayer and study, sometimes the creative juices flow...but sometimes, they do not. This is where a ...

Learn to Study the Bible (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #115)

January 08, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — [Accordance 11: Methods] Interested in learning to study the Bible? Accordance Bible Software has some new features and additional resources just for you! This podcast covers five different features, explaining how each assists those new to Bible study. Dr. J also highlights the different resources in Accordance that show how to study the Bible. Two of them are free and now included with every Accordance 11 Collection. We recommend watching this video full screen in HD resolution. Want to see more Lighting the Lamp podcasts? Go t ...

Free Training Seminars for January & February, 2015

January 07, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — We have a number of free Accordance Training Seminars coming up in January and February in Minnesota. Minneapolis, MN Friday, January 30, 2015 1 PM - 5 PM (Workshop) Special Focus on Greek and Hebrew Bethlehem College & Seminary 720 13th Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN 55415 Room 318-322 Eden Prairie, MN Saturday, January 31, 2015 9 AM - 6 PM Eden Prairie Assembly 16591 Duck Lake Trail Eden Prairie, MN 55346 Fellowship Hall Plymouth, MN Friday, February 6, 2015 9 AM - 6 PM Fourth Baptist Church 900 Forestview Lane N. ...

Webinar (Recorded): Advanced Hebrew Techniques in Accordance

January 07, 2015 - — In the two-part video sessions below, Helen Brown walks participants through advanced Hebrew techniques in Accordance 11. We recommend watching these videos full screen in high definition. Advanced Hebrew Techniques, Part 2 If you enjoyed these recorded webinars, we have more available; or you can sign up for upcoming live webinar events. Accordance Webinars (Main Page) Upcoming Sessions and Sign-up Accordance Recorded Webinars (Archives for v. 10 & 11)

More than Just Trivia! Old Testament Today

January 05, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — If you want to be your church’s Bible Trivia champ, you have to know your Old Testament: Which books are in the Pentateuch? Who was the left-handed judge? In what year did Samaria fall? And yet, according to John H. Walton and Andrew E. Hill, authors of Old Testament Today: A Journey from Ancient Context to Contemporary Relevance, the Old Testament should be understood as something much greater than a Bible trivia resource. The problem lies with the reality that many people today don’t know how to handle the Old Testament. How should it ...

A Little Book for New Theologians

January 02, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — When I was beginning ministry studies in the early nineties, an older man who had been a kind of spiritual mentor of mine gave me A Little Exercise for Young Theologians by Helmut Thielicke. He told me that he had been given the book when he began his studies, and he in turn was giving it to me. Okay, confession: I never read it. Thinking back to that time in my life, I wondered why I never read it. I mean, it's a fairly short book--only about 57 pages according to Amazon.com. So, I found it on my shelf and opened it to the first ...

Webinar: What's New in Accordance 11 with Mark Allison

January 01, 2015 - Mark Allison — In this webinar, originally recorded on November 11, 2014, Mark Allison demonstrates the new features in Accordance 11. See other Accordance webinars. See a schedule and sign up for future webinars. We recommend running the video at full screen in HD mode.

Best Podcasts & Blog Posts from 2014

December 31, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — The end of the year is upon us! We have selected a few of our favorite blog posts and podcasts for 2014 and have them listed below. Don't see your favorites? List the ones that stood out to you in the comments! Blog Posts Does the New Testament Fulfill the Old? Accordance Journals: Over 800 Years Of Scholarship in the Palm of Your Hand Turning It Up to 11: the New Version of Accordance Is Here! Accordance vs. Print Books & Ebooks Commentaries Go to 11, Part 1 Commentaries Go to 11, Part 2 ...

Start Each Day in 2015 with Accordance Devotions

December 30, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — A new year means a new beginning. With new beginnings come opportunities for renewals of our spiritual goals and commitments. One of the best ways to renew our spiritual commitments involves setting aside a daily time for reading Scripture and reflecting on biblical content. If your resolutions for the new year include commitment to any kind of daily readings or devotionals, why not use Accordance to help you reach those goals? You may or may not know that there’s a Daily Reading Workspace built into Accordance. The icon for accessing ...

Butler Daily Readings Collection

December 29, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — The beginning of a new year brings the opportunity to renew commitments, and one of the greatest commitments for any believer is the reading of the Bible in its entirety. With this idea in mind, we are pleased to announce the release of the Butler Daily Readings Collection. Long prized for the exegetical insights from John G. Butler, the print edition comprises four volumes. Now in Accordance, The Butler Daily Bible can be employed for daily reflection with a Windows tablet, iPad or iPhone, or a traditional desktop or laptop computer if ...

The Accordance 11 Info Pane

December 24, 2014 - Timothy Jenney — The Info Pane (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #114) The Info Pane is easily the most popular of the many new features in Accordance 11. This new parallel pane offers quick and easy access to relevant resources for every passage: commentaries, Bible dictionaries, Parallel passages, topics, and textual apparatus. “Quick and easy access” means being able to consult more resources in less time. In this podcast, Dr. J walks us through the Info Pane, setting its preferences, and modifying our workflow to take advantage of it. ...

Dr. J's Bible Study Methods

December 19, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — If you have upgraded to Accordance 11, you may have noticed a new title in your Accordance Library: Dr. J’s Bible Study Methods. To acquaint our users a bit better with this brand new resource, I spent some time with Dr. J (our very own Tim Jenney) to ask him about it. Through the course of our conversation, I discovered that the Bible Study Methods book is an outgrowth of his passion to see people better understand the Bible, honed by decades of interaction with his students. Here is a portion of our interview. What gave you the ...

Picturing David and Goliath

December 17, 2014 - David Lang — Accordance offers a number of visual resources like the Graphics Bundle, the Bible Times PhotoMuseum, and photographic explorations of various churches and archaeological sites in Israel. The best way to understand the value of these resources is to see them in action, so I made a video demonstrating how they can be used to help us understand the story of David and Goliath. Check it out! We recommend watching this video at full screen.

3 New Releases from InterVarsity Press

December 15, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — We are pleased to announce for Accordance three highly-anticipated and requested titles from InterVarsity Press. The first two titles to mention are the final two volumes in the informally named “Black Dictionary Series.” These volumes on Wisdom, Poetry & Writings as well as the final installment on the Prophets bring IVP’s dictionary series to a total of eight volumes covering all of Scripture. Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings Edited by Tremper Longman III & Peter Enns This volume brings ...

Commentaries Go To 11, Part 2

December 12, 2014 - David Lang — In this series of posts, I’ve been talking about how the newest version of Accordance takes various features and ”turns them up to 11”. My last post discussed how the Info Pane makes it easier to discover which commentaries in your Accordance library actually discuss your current passage. I ended that post by promising to help you arrange your commentaries in the Library to get the most out of the Commentaries section of the Info Pane. Here goes: How the Info Pane Displays Commentaries: The Info Pane displays your commentaries in the ...

BiblicalTraining.org Partners with Accordance

December 11, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — Many Accordance users are already well acquainted with the resources for spiritual growth at BiblicalTraining.org. However, if you’re not, you will discover a wealth of material at the BiblicalTraining website. As described at the site, BiblicalTraining.org is a complete resource of free Bible classes along with a library of over 14,000 articles on biblical topics. All Bible classes are taught by world-class Bible instructors. Whether it’s a single Bible class or a curriculum of Bible classes that interest you, our online Bible classes ...

Commentaries Go to 11

December 10, 2014 - David Lang — In this series of posts, I’ve been talking about how the newest version of Accordance takes features like the Library and triple-clicking and ”turns them up to 11”. In today’s post, I want to focus on how commentaries now “go to 11.” I also want to offer some tips for how to organize your commentaries to get that “extra push over the cliff.” Accordance has long enabled you to view commentaries in parallel panes that scroll alongside the Bible, or to open them in separate tool tabs to browse and search them. Unfortunately, short of doing ...

3 Zondervan Titles You Shouldn't Miss!

December 08, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — As the availability of titles you can add to your Accordance Library grows, you may find it difficult at times to keep up with the works available that can inform your study of the Bible. In this post, I’d like to shine the spotlight on three Zondervan reference works that you may or may not have considered for your Bible study toolkit. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series: New Testament Have you discovered the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series: New Testament (ZECNT for short)? It’s so new (the volume on James has the ...

Accordance vs. Print Books & Ebooks

December 08, 2014 - Richard Mansfield — You're ready to buy a new book. Have you ever wondered--what's the difference between a book in Accordance format or a regular ebook? Or is it best just to buy the book in print? If you are ever torn between these choices, here are some thoughts to consider. Accordance vs. Print. I know, I know.. new books smell great. They feel good in the hand. You can read them in the bathtub. But is this enough? Think about this: The Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series contains only eight volumes so far. But would you want to carry all ...

Triple-Clicking Goes to 11

December 05, 2014 - David Lang — In my last post, I explained how Accordance 11 turns the Library up to 11 with new tool categories and increased flexibility. You can now move any tool into any category you like or even pull it out of every category. In today’s post, I want to talk about how triple-clicking in Accordance now “goes to 11.” The two subjects are closely related. In previous versions of Accordance, the tool that was at the top of each category in the Library became the default tool that would be opened whenever you triple-clicked a word or verse reference. ...

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