Dec 1, 2010 David Lang

Finding Illustrations and Quotations

Lost amid the flood of new releases this Fall are two Zondervan books aimed at helping busy pastors reinforce their points with pithy quotes and interesting stories.

1001 Quotations that Connect and 1001 Illustrations that Connect offer just what their titles suggest, and they can each be searched by title, content, topic, author, or Scripture reference.


For example, let's say you're preaching a sermon on marriage. Search the Topics field of 1001 Quotations and you'll find 19 quotes dealing with various aspects of marriage, including this little bit of wisdom:

To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you’re wrong admit it,
Whenever you’re right, shut up.

1001illus Do the same in 1001 Illustrations and you'll find 54 illustrations tagged with that topic. Some of these are touching, such as the story about a couple facing the onset of Alzheimer's. Other illustrations are humorous, while still others offer interesting statistics about marriage. Each quotation and illustration cites its source, making it easy to avoid the all-too-common sin of pastoral plagiarism. And of course, getting them into your sermon manuscript is as easy as drag and drop or copy and paste.

Both of these resources are currently discounted as part of our December Sale.

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Archived Comments


December 01, 2010 11:51 AM

Hmm... are these really necessary as Accordance modules?

I am starting to get a bit worried that I have spent my resources on the wrong software. This is despite the fact that I am very happy with the way Accordance performs and works. The matter of the fact is that the modules, books and texts that are becoming available rarely come close to being neither interesting nor relevant to any serious theological work. Like the ones this post relates to for example.

Whereas the Logos Bible Software (now available in a very well performing version for Mac, not to mention the already available version for iPad) offers theologically relevant titles, like Barth's Church Dogmatics for example, together with an impressive array of original-language related literature Accordance seems to be stuck with the publishers' leftovers. Again, see the blogpost´s books for a good example.

Unless there is "shape up" coming in the near future, when it comes to the theological quality and relevance of the titles released, I am afraid that at least one Accordance-user will start to regret tha fact that the Accordance-platform was chosen in the first place.

David Lang

December 01, 2010 12:42 PM

Patrik, this may be the first time we've been accused of offering more fluff than meat. Your comments make me wonder how carefully you've been following all the new products that have been released in the last few months. Products like the Göttingen Septuagint, JBL, the Sacred Bridge, the Old Testament Peshitta, tagged Greek codices, apocryphal apocalypses, and patristic works are hardly low-calorie fare, and most of those items are only available on Accordance. If anything, we need more resources like the ones mentioned in this blog post—resources of use to the pastor who needs to connect with people who have never heard of Karl Barth. Would you begrudge us serving those people as well as serious scholars and theologians? Far from being "stuck with the publishers' leftovers," we only develop resources which we believe will be genuinely helpful to our users. You may not find these resources personally helpful, but then, we're not forcing you to buy them.

David C

December 01, 2010 1:03 PM

Thank you David for defending resources that are used more by pastors.  I enjoy all the academic resources and find them useful in the ministry but there are times that I wish there were more resources geared specifically to pastoral ministry which not only includes preaching but teaching, counsel and administration as well.

No complaints here I only ask that you please keep up the good work. 

Ron Riley

December 01, 2010 11:31 PM

I was delighted to see these newest additions to Accordance. Having the ability to stay within Accordance as I develop more of my sermon means staying closer to my text even while selecting photos, maps, and yes even illustrations.  My only complaint is that you are really testing my ability to stay within my allotted "books" budget with all the new modules!