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Jun 28, 2016 Accordance Bible Software

Delicious Offerings

Delicious Offerings

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A feast is defined as “a plentiful supply of something enjoyable, especially for the mind or senses” (New Oxford American Dictionary). That is an apt description for this week’s release of the 22-volume Feasting on the Word lectionary commentary series. If your church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, you will not want to miss out on what will quickly become an indispensable resource. Feasting on the Word provides an incredible 16 perspectives for each set of readings in the lectionary, resulting in an overflowing abundance of content for Sunday’s sermon preparation.

In addition, we are also releasing the Book of Common Prayer for the Accordance Digital Library at introductory pricing. And don’t miss a generous helping of discounts on other titles designed to help you dig in to the Scriptures!

Sale prices listed below are good through July 4, 2016 (11:59 pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Feasting on the Word cover with drop shadow $349 Banquet -- New! Feasting on the Word, the Gospels, & Devotionals (22 vols.)

A bountiful basket! You save even more when you get it all. This full course spread includes the 12 volumes of Feasting on the Word Commentaries, 7 volumes of Feasting on the Gospels, 3 volumes of Daily Feast devotionals, and a special bonus module created by Accordance.  The list price is $690 but you get everything on this plate for just $349!

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Feasting_12_120 NEW! Feasting on the Word Commentary: Years A, B, C (12 Volumes)

With this new lectionary commentary series, Westminster John Knox offers the most extensive resource for preaching on the market today. Now complete, the twelve volumes of the series cover all the Sundays in the three-year lectionary cycle, along with movable occasions, such as Christmas Day, Epiphany, Holy Week, and All Saints' Day.

For each lectionary text, preachers will find four brief essays -- one each on the theological, pastoral, exegetical, and homiletic challenges of the text. This gives preachers sixteen different approaches to the proclamation of the Word on any given occasion.

The editors and contributors to this series are world-class scholars, pastors, and writers representing a variety of denominations and traditions. And while the twelve volumes of the series follow the pattern of the Revised Common Lectionary, each volume contains an index of biblical passages so that non-lectionary preachers, as well as teachers and students, may make use of its contents.

NOTE: All Feasting on the Word series include an exclusive “Readings” bonus module created by Accordance to use as a companion for all of the commentaries. It provides a comprehensive listing of all readings from the entire 12-volume set plus hyperlinks to quickly jump to that section and reading from the commentary (if owned). The Readings requires Accordance 11.2 in order to find the correct section when opened as a devotional.

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Feasting-Gospels_7_120 NEW! Feasting on the Gospels (7 vols.)

Feasting on the Gospels is a new seven-volume series that follows up on the success of the Feasting on the Word series to provide another unique preaching resource, this time on the most prominent and preached upon New Testament books, the four Gospels.

Feasting on the Gospels additional information:

  • Covers every single passage in the New Testament Gospels.
  • Suitable for both lectionary and non-lectionary use.
  • Features brand new essays from a diverse and respected group of scholars and pastors.
  • Offers four perspectives for each Gospel passage: theological, pastoral, exegetical, and homiletic.

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Daily Feast_A_120 NEW! Daily Feast -- Meditations from Feasting on the Word: Years A, B, C (3 Volumes)

The Daily Feast devotionals are another resource in the Feasting on the Word line intended to enrich the spiritual life of any Christian and provide additional sermon and worship planning tools for preachers and other worship leaders.

This series draws from the wealth of writing in the commentaries to present inspirational reflections for each day of the lectionary year. Each day contains Scripture passages for the coming Sunday from the Revised Common Lectionary, excerpts from the commentaries for reflection, a response, and a prayer. Additional material is provided for each Sunday.

This devotional requires Accordance 11.2 in order to find the correct readings for each day.

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The Book of Common Prayer (1979) is the latest complete BCP used by Anglican and Episcopal churches.

The Book of Common Prayer (1979) is based on the original 1549 edition which was the first prayer book to include the complete forms of service for daily and Sunday worship in English. It includes the services for special occasions, and the prayers and readings assigned to each special day in the lectionary. Even non-liturgical groups will find a wealth of inspiration here.

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The goal set by Baker Publishing for this handbook series is to provide valuable resources that will help pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and Bible study leaders better understand the overall flow of each book of the Old Testament. This set includes:

  • Handbook on the Pentateuch 2nd Edition (Hamilton)
  • Handbook on the Historical Books (Hamilton)
  • Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms (Estes)
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Keil & Delitzsch

Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament (10 vols.)

This classic commentary by renowned scholars C. F. Keil and F. Delitzsch examines historical and literary aspects of the biblical text. Often viewed as a standard of conservative OT interpretation, these are thorough (and sometimes technical) commentaries of each OT book.

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Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (Little Kittel)

One of the most widely respected theological dictionaries put into one-volume, abridged form - “Little Kittel.” Focusing on the theological meaning of each word, the abridgment contains English keywords for each entry, tables of English and Greek keywords, and a listing of the relevant volume and page numbers from the unabridged work at the end of each article or section.

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Devotions on the Greek New Testament: 52 Reflections to Inspire and Instruct

With 52 entries, Devotions on the Greek New Testament can be used as weekly devotional or as a supplemental resource throughout a semester or sequence of courses. The main point each devotion offers comes from a careful reading of the passage in the Greek New Testament, not from the English Bible. These authors use a variety of exegetical approaches in their devotions: grammatical, lexical, rhetorical, socio-historical, linguistic, etc. Each devotion closes with a practical application.

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Jun 27, 2016 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Feasting on the Word (22 volumes)

Feasting on the Word cover with drop shadow Today we are releasing all 22 volumes of the Feasting on the Word commentary series on the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) for the Accordance Digital Library. This incredible resource has been long requested by Accordance users and will be of interest to many beyond the clergy whose churches who follow the RCL.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines feast as “a plentiful supply of something enjoyable, especially for the mind or senses.” That definition of feast perfectly describes the Feasting on the Word (FotW) series. For those who may not be familiar with the RCL, every Sunday includes four readings from the Scriptures—a reading from the Old Testament, Psalms, Epistles, and Gospels. FotW acts as a commentary on those readings, in order of the RCL, according to the three-year cycle of years A, B, and C. However, FotW goes far beyond providing a one-perspective commentary; rather, it comes at each passage from four different perspectives!

Clergy who are preaching or delivering homilies on any of the readings from the RCL have a variety of needs in regard to their sermon preparation. Although many good commentaries exist, most focus on being one particular kind of commentary. And most commentaries do not take into account how a passage is used in the lectionary cycle. In the FotW commentary, each of the four lectionary passages is approached with four different commentary perspectives: Theological, Pastoral, Exegetical, and Homiletical. Each of these commentary sections are written by a vast number of clergy and scholars from a variety of faith backgrounds. Considering that there are four separate readings for any given Sunday, if you’re doing the math, you will realize that’s 16 separate commentary passages for the week—Feast, indeed!

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Although you probably wouldn’t lay out your Accordance workspace this way, in the image above, I opened up four sessions of FotW, Year C, Volume 3, Proper 9 (Sunday between July 3 and July 9—or this coming Sunday) to show an excerpt of all four perspectives on the Old Testament reading from 2 Kings 5:1-14. You will need to click or tap on the image to see it in detail, but it should give you a flavor of the different perspectives.

FotW has been so well-loved by pastors and non-pastors alike, the publishers commissioned a series in the same format (four perspectives on each passage) for all four Gospels titled Feasting on the Gospels. This results in the same kind of commentary as the standard FotW but also incorporates the Gospel passages that aren’t included in the lectionary reading cycle.

Also included in this release for Accordance is The Daily Feast, a daily devotional with excerpts from the regular FotW series as well as new material. As a daily devotional, it allows clergy to reflect on the four readings throughout the week leading up to the coming Sunday. We have also “spun-off” a separate Accordance module of our own that lists the daily readings of the RCL—hyperlinked, of course—for each Sunday allowing quick access to the passages themselves. Both The Daily Feast and Feasting on the Word Readings can be used in Accordance’s Daily Reading mode or independently.

The entire 22-volume Feasting on the Word series, conveniently divided into six Accordance modules, will be of interest to many users beyond clergy as well as beyond those who follow the RCL cycle. The fourfold approach to each passage offers a virtual feast (pun intended) of content to any who study the Bible.

And for a limited time, Accordance users can obtain this entire series at a significant introductory discount.

The sale prices listed below are good through July 4, 2016 (11:59 pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

 

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In addition to the complete 22-volume Feasting on the Word lectionary commentary series, the individual products are also available.

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Feasting on the Word Commentary (12 Volumes)

The twelve volumes of the series cover all the Sundays in the three-year lectionary cycle, along with movable occasions, such as Christmas Day, Epiphany, Holy Week, and All Saints' Day.

This product contains Years A, B, and C (each sold individually below). Each "Year" is covered in the following 4 volumes:

  • Advent through Transfiguration: The Advent & Christmas Season (1 Vol.)
  • Lent through Eastertide (1 Vol.)
  • Pentecost and Season after Pentecost 1 (Propers 3-16): Ordinary Time, Part 1 (1 Vol.)
  • Season after Pentecost 2 (Propers 17 - Reign of Christ): Ordinary Time, Part 2 (1 Vol.)

Note: Each "Year" module contains a separate bonus module (Feasting-Readings) created by Accordance to use as a companion for this commentary. It provides a comprehensive listing of all readings from the entire 12-volume set plus hyperlinks to quickly jump to that section and reading from the commentary (if owned). This exclusive Feasting-Readings module requires Accordance 11.2 or above in order to take advantage of the new Liturgical Daily Reading support.

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Individual "Years":

Feasting on the Word; Year A (4 volumes) plus bonus module Feasting-Readings

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Feasting on the Word; Year B (4 volumes) plus bonus module Feasting-Readings

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Feasting on the Word; Year C (4 volumes) plus bonus module Feasting-Readings

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Feasting Gospels

Feasting on the Gospels (7 Volumes)

  • Covers every single passage in the New Testament Gospels.
  • Suitable for both lectionary and non-lectionary use.
  • Features brand new essays from a diverse and respected group of scholars and pastors.
  • Offers four perspectives for each Gospel passage: theological, pastoral, exegetical, and homiletic.

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Daily Feast

Daily Feast -- Meditations from Feasting on the Word (3 Volumes; Years A, B, C)

Each day contains Scripture passages for the coming Sunday from the Revised Common Lectionary, excerpts from the commentaries for reflection, a response, and a prayer. Additional material is provided for each Sunday.

This devotional requires Accordance 11.2 in order to find the correct readings for each day.

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Jun 25, 2016 Timothy Jenney

Scripture to Sermon Part 1 (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #143)

Many pastors struggle to create sermons from scratch, with moving from a passage of Scripture to a finished sermon. In this podcast Dr. J details the entire process, step-by-step, showing the decisions that one must make, the points at which prayer and reflection are especially important, and how to integrate Accordance effectively into one’s workflow.

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Jun 24, 2016 Richard Mansfield

Accordance Adventures in Hong Kong

Earlier this week, we began our month-long Accordance Tour of Asia. Over the next four weeks, we are making multiple presentations in Hong Kong, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan. I am giving various Accordance seminars in these areas along with my trusty sidekick, Ryan Mudge who offers sales and support.

Hong Kong Seminar

Above: Accordance Training Seminar at Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary

Our first stop was Hong Kong. On Monday of this week, we held an all-day Accordance Training Seminar at Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary. Anyone from the area could attend, and it was exciting to interact with pastors, students, professors and others who joined us. Monday’s seminar coincided with the Accordance release of a traditional and simplified version of the Chinese Union Version tagged with Strong’s Key Numbers.

CUV w/Strong's

Click/tap the above image for a closer look at both Traditional and Simplified versions of the Chinese Union Version with Strong's Numbers in parallel with the Hebrew Bible.

In the days prior to the seminar, I wasn’t certain how much I could demonstrate with what we’ve been calling “Chinese Strong’s.” Since I don’t speak Chinese--let alone read or write it--I figured that I’d show it off at the beginning of the seminar and perhaps refer back to it now and then. However, early on, I realized that because there were Strong’s numbers in the CUV text, there was actually quite a lot I could demonstrate, including Key Number Searches and resulting Analysis Charts and Graphs.

We had a bit more free time in Hong Kong than we will have at our future stops, so we took advantage of our opportunities to see some local sites. Ryan and I went off the beaten path and ventured into what is called a “wet market.” Here we found lots of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as all kinds of seafood and other meats—some more exotic than others! The fish were still flopping, and frogs were attempting (unsuccessfully) to hop out of their final caged confines. Death row crabs were thoroughly bound to keep them from harming their human captors. Shoppers would make their selections while the workers scaled and cleaned the fish right on the spot. You simply can’t get fish any fresher than that!

Friends in Hong Kong

New friends in Hong Kong (from left to right):
Edmund, Ryan, Me, Amy & Jimmy in front of Victoria Bay and the city of Hong Kong.

On Tuesday night, we traveled with some new local friends to the Victoria Peak Tram Station that overlooks downtown Hong Kong and Victoria Bay. From this vantage point, we got an even better idea of how immense—and beautiful—this city really is! After dinner, we gazed out on the city at night, all lit up like millions of stars misplaced from their assigned heavenly positions.

Hong Kong at Night

The nighttime Hong Kong skyline as seen from the top of Mt. Victoria.

We had a wonderful time in Hong Kong. The people there were so gracious and hospitable. As I write this, Ryan and I have left Hong Kong and are on a Philippine Airlines flight headed for Manila. We look forward to new adventures and friends that await us there.


 

Jun 21, 2016 Accordance Bible Software

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Summer’s here! It’s time to take a break and kick back. When you make out your checklist before you head to the beach (or wherever you plan to vacation), don’t forget Accordance! Maybe enjoying God’s creation while sitting under a beach umbrella with Accordance Mobile on your favorite tablet will prove to be your most productive study time of the year. Summer may bring the heat, but it will also bring the Hot Deals on popular titles for the Accordance Digital Library. Check out the incredible offers we have for you below!

Sale prices listed below are good through June 27, 2016 (11:59pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


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Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Greek transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper. Pastors, students, and Bible teachers will find in this series a commitment to accessibility without sacrificing serious scholarship.

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The Fire Bible is the name for the international language editions of the Full Life Study Bible, one of the few Pentecostal Study Bibles that exist today.

This Bible has often been referred to as a one-book Pentecostal library. It contains 77 theme articles, a subject index, 45 maps and charts, introductions to each book of the Bible, and Pentecostal study notes.

Note: While this module does not contain the biblical text, it is formatted to run in parallel with any Accordance Bible translation.

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Jun 13, 2016 David Lang

Of Apes and Ethics

THE AGE IN WHICH WE LIVE

We seem to live in an age of moral outrage—at least judging from the amount of moralizing we see on our social media feeds. It seems that every day I see a new outrage-du-jour: a politician says something foolish, political demonstrators behave badly, a rapist gets a scandalously light sentence, or an endangered gorilla is shot to protect the life of a child who climbed into its zoo enclosure. Each source of outrage then gets debated in staccato 140-character bursts. In the case of Harambe, the aforementioned gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, I saw people second-guessing the zoo's decision to kill rather than tranquilize the gorilla, demanding "justice for Harambe," publicly crucifying the child's parents for their lack of supervision, and offering their own analysis of whether or not the child was really in danger. Everyone seemed to have an opinion about what was fundamentally an ethical question: namely, when a choice must be made between a human or animal life, which should we choose?

On the one hand, it seems odd that there should be so much moral outrage in a culture which is drifting away from the traditional "Judeo-Christian ethic" which was once its generally agreed upon standard of morality. How can there be such moral outrage when moral standards are in such a state of flux? Then again, perhaps it is precisely this lack of ethical common ground which has people shouting at each other in order to be heard. Combine that with the fact that social media now gives us all a ready platform for disseminating our various ethical viewpoints, and the current level of cacophony becomes easier to understand.

THE NEED FOR A COMMON LANGUAGE

When two people speak different languages, each is tempted to speak loudly in his own language in the hope that the other will somehow understand what is being said. Yet it is only when they begin to speak a common language that meaningful communication becomes possible. In the same way, if we are to have less moral outrage and more meaningful ethical discussion, we need to learn to understand the ethical "language" being spoken.

Dict of Scripture & Ethics cover w/drop shadow This is where a new Accordance resource, The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics can prove extremely helpful. This dictionary "aims to provide a map that will locate and orient conversations about the relation of Scripture and ethics." It does this by offering introductory essays on "ethics within Scripture, historical perspectives on the place of Scripture in moral theology, and methodological issues concerning the relevance of Scripture to contemporary moral theology" (Introduction, p. 2). These foundational articles are then followed by an alphabetical listing of articles on various ethical topics.

APPLICATION TO CURRENT EVENTS

Looking for perspective into the ethical controversy surrounding the killing of Harambe, I decided to consult this dictionary's article on "Animals." The discussion I found there began with a critique of an "anthropocentric" approach to Scripture which the author traced back to "Western European Enlightenment rationality":

In place of the classic scriptural nexus "Creator/creatures/creation," then, modern Western Christians think in terms of the categorically different nexus of "God/humans/animals/nature."

As I read this critique, I found myself questioning the author's interpretive lens. At times it seemed he had simply swapped an anti-anthropocentric lens for an anthropocentric one. Nevertheless, his critique did lead me to question how much I read Scripture through an anthropocentric lens and gloss over passages which affirm the common creatureliness of animals and humans.

The author went on to survey three "non-anthropocentric" approaches to interpreting the Bible, which was also helpful in understanding the perspectives of those who are most troubled by the zoo's decision to kill a gorilla to save a child.

While I found the "Animals" article helpful, I was surprised that it featured almost no discussion of the Scriptural teaching that mankind was created in the "image of God." So I turned to the "Image of God" article, which was longer and more comprehensive than the article on animals. Once again, I found that the author of this article seemed to be using an interpretive lens that is different than my own. Yet again, that was a good thing. I didn't necessarily agree with the conclusions he came to from his survey of the relevant biblical texts, but I did feel that he had challenged some of my assumptions and given me further food for thought.

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A HELPFUL AND CHALLENGING REFERENCE WORK

The articles in the Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics helped me think about the implications of various biblical texts for a specific ethical dilemma, while challenging me to identify and question my own interpretive assumptions. In short, they helped me become conversant in other interpretive and ethical "languages." Any time I do that, I become less likely to shout my own ethical viewpoints at those who aren't even speaking my language. In a pluralistic society where ethical norms are in a state of flux, that is a very helpful corrective.

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Jun 10, 2016 Timothy Jenney

Introducing Construct Searches (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #142)

Construct Searches are a unique, Accordance-exclusive graphical interface for complex searches. Once we understand the concept, they are actually easier to use than regular searches! In podcast, Dr. J introduces this feature for those interested in searching Bibles and texts, including Greek and Hebrew grammatically-tagged texts. [Accordance 11.2: Intermediate]

See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!


 

Jun 6, 2016 Richard Mansfield

NEW! (Relatively Speaking) The Living Bible

The Living Bible If you’re old enough, you remember the unmistakable dark green padded hardcovers of the Living Bible. My father had one; my grandmother had one, too. For a generation or so, they seemed to be everywhere; and they were distinctive when read aloud back in a day that was still dominated by the King James Version. Long-requested by our users, we’re pleased to announce the Living Bible available for the Accordance Library beginning today. It's about time!

The Living Bible was the brainchild of Kenneth Taylor who created the paraphrase from the 1901 American Standard Version of the Bible, primarily as a means of making the Bible easier to understand to his children. The Living Bible was published in its entirety in 1971 and transformed Tyndale House into a major Christian publisher.

When I was a child, my grandmother gave me a copy of The Children’s Living Bible for Christmas, 1975. It was the same text as the Living Bible, but with occasional pictures spread throughout the volume. I carried it with me to church up until the point a buddy of mine made fun of my carrying a Bible with the word “Children” in the title. After that, I went back to the King James Version for a while.

I still remember sitting in a Sunday School class one day as we studied Romans 7:14-25. I was reading from the KJV, but frankly even my friends who had the NIV or NASB were having difficulty. Out of respect, I’d like to assume my Sunday School teacher understood the passage, but the rest of us definitely did not. By itself, the lesson was not that fruitful on that day.

However, when I got home, I pulled my copy of the Living Bible that my grandmother had given me off the shelf. I looked up the passage in Taylor’s paraphrase; and suddenly, the words of the Apostle Paul made sense to me! Feel free to compare the two versions for yourself from the screenshot below. From that point forward, I still didn’t carry my “Children’s” edition of the Living Bible with me to church, but I confess that I did often refer to it when I got home—especially for the passages that were difficult to follow.

KJV-Living Parallel

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The stated purpose of the Living Bible is to say as exactly as possible what the writers of the Scriptures meant and to say it simply, expanding where necessary for a clear understanding by the modern reader.

This text requires Accordance 11.2 with the new missing verse feature.

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Photo of the Living Bible courtesy of E. L. Orren.


 

Jun 6, 2016 Richard Mansfield

NEW! The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible

POSB Binder Available, beginning today, for the Accordance Library, the highly acclaimed Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible (44 volumes) is a comprehensive resource for expository and topical preaching!

Popularly identified simply as POSB, this well-known resource provides an extensive verse-by-verse outline and commentary of the entire Bible, organizing key points of Scripture passages in a systematic outline form, along with content synthesized from 200+ Bible commentaries, language sources, and reference works.

Each volume of the Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible contains a year’s worth of sermon material including inspirational sermon points, practical life applications, and dozens of supporting scriptures in every section! An invaluable tool not only to save time in sermon preparation, but also to inspire, encourage, and challenge us as only God’s Word can!

The Accordance edition of POSB contains separate modules for outlines and commentary. This allows both to be set side by side with one or more biblical texts in parallel panes or tab ties. An advantage over the print edition, the Accordance version of POSB has thousands of hyperlinks to Scripture and between the outlines and commentary.

POSB in Accordance
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Although designed primarily as a tool for the pastor in sermon preparation, POSB is also an ideal resource for anyone wanting to study the scriptures in a systematic manner. Over the years, many pastors and serious laypersons have filled their shelves with the binders or softcover editions of the Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible. These were extremely valuable to own, but no one would cart all 44 volumes down to the local coffee shop to plan next Sunday’s sermon! Now with the Accordance edition, the entire POSB series fits conveniently on a laptop, tablet, or even an iPhone for easy access. And the entire series can be searched at once—an extremely convenient means for finding every instance of a word or topic.

For a limited time, get this invaluable preaching resource at an introductory discount of 20% off the regular price.

Note: The current POSB set lacks only volume 3 of Psalms, but we expect to add it within three months at no additional charge. This will complete the set for the entire Bible.

Buy Now 2 Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible (44 Volumes)
$499


 

Jun 3, 2016 Accordance Bible Software

Free Accordance Webinars for June 6 - 8, 2016

Webinars - large Have you discovered our free interactive Accordance Webinars? Throughout the week you can participate in live Accordance training in hour-long sessions that cover just the content you need.

Here are the free Accordance webinars for the week of June 6 - 8, 2016:

Beginner's Basics Part 1: Getting Started
Monday, June 6, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT

Join us for this hands-on class with step-by-step instruction while working in your own Accordance program. This webinar includes tutorials in the following subjects: Using the Library; Navigating the Bible; Using the Contextual Slider; Adding Bookmarks; Adding a Parallel Bible, Commentary or Study Bible; and Creating a Group or Collection.

Taught by Linda Perry


Searching Fundamentals in Accordance
Tuesday, June 7, 4:00 - 5:00 PM EDT

Learning the fundamentals of searching Bibles and other books in your Accordance Library. This webinar will cover the following subjects: the Search Window, searching by Verses, searching by Words and Phrases, creating and using Search Ranges, working with Key Numbers, and using Stand-Alone Commands.

Taught by Mark Allison


Basic Greek Word Study and Workspace
Wednesday, June 8, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT

Discover the many Greek resources available for Accordance. Plus, learn how to read the Greek New Testament in Accordance, how to perform basic word study, how to save your workspace, how to search Greek at the word level, and how to use Parsing for a “Reader’s Guide” workspace.

Taught by Abram Kielsmeier-Jones


Taking part in our free Accordance Webinars is easy. Check out our Webinars page for more information or to sign up. See you online!