Accordance Blog

January 2015

Endorsement: David Harris

January 30, 2015 - — David Harris, graduate student at Brandeis University, discusses the crucial role Accordance Bible Software plays in his biblical studies.

The Gentile Mission (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #116)

January 22, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — In this study of Matt. 28:19, Dr. J dives into the Greek text and points out some of the less obvious features of this familiar passage. The study includes a comparison of the text with a similar one in Mark, underscoring Matthew’s distinctive emphases. This is a wonderful look at Accordance 11 as it is actually used in the exegesis of a Bible passage, using Highlighting, the Info Pane, Research and Parallels. [Accordance 11: Greek Study] See more Lighting the Lamp podcasts on our Accordance Podcast Page.

Writing The Accordance Bible Lands PhotoGuide 4

January 21, 2015 - James Davis — Twenty years ago I took my first trip to Israel on a three week study tour while I was in my PhD program at Dallas Theological Seminary. The leaders on the trip were Dr. Harold Hoehner and Dr. Charlie Dyer. It was there, as we studied and visited biblical sites, that I realized how important seeing the places where biblical events took place transformed and enhanced the way I could teach the Bible. It was then I developed a strong interest in biblical geography and saw the immense value of learning about it. I could no longer teach the Olivet ...

Introducing the Accordance Bible Lands PhotoGuide 4

January 20, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — The literature of the Bible is closely tied to its geography. We read about places like Damascus, Jericho, Ephesus, and Jerusalem; but the majority of Bible readers throughout history have not been fortunate enough to travel to these places to see them for themselves. When we read about these places, we form vivid images in our minds, but those images can't compare with the actual locations. Ultimately, seeing for ourselves can really make a difference not only in our understanding of the biblical story, but even in regard to our faith as ...

Find the Right Image in Accordance Graphic Tools

January 19, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Ever have difficulty finding the "just right" image for a lesson or sermon? The video below will demonstrate basic caption searches in individual titles as well as using Research to search multiple Graphics Tools at once. Bonus: See how to use Accordance images in Apple's Keynote presentation software! We recommend watching this video at full screen with the maximum resolution your device allows.

Webinar (Recorded): Searching in Accordance

January 15, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — In this webinar, recorded December 2, 2014, Mark Allison demonstrates the fundamentals of searching Bibles and other books in your Accordance Library. If you enjoyed this recorded webinar, 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)

Warren Wiersbe's BE Series

January 13, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Around the age of 20, I had my first “adult” teaching experience. What I mean by that is that in the previous couple of years before this time, our church’s youth minister had assigned me the “privilege” of teaching middle school-age students on Wednesday nights. To this day, that may have been the toughest crowd I’ve ever taught! Therefore, I jumped at the chance to teach a Bible study to college students of my own age one summer when asked by another minister at our church. He handed me Warren Wiersbe’s Be Mature which covers the New ...

Dictionary of Jesus & the Gospels, Second Edition

January 12, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — I can still remember getting my hardback copy of IVP's Dictionary of Jesus & the Gospels in the mid-90s. I was fascinated by the narrowed, very specific scope of the dictionary. There was literally nothing else like it on the market. I remember wishing IVP would release similar volumes on the rest of the Bible. And, of course, they did. Today, IVP has made available eight focused dictionaries, covering the entire Bible, in what is informally known as the “Black” dictionary series, so named for the color of the volumes’ hardback covers. A ...

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 resource ...

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 to our L ...

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. Plymouth, MN 55441 Social ...

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 be ...

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 So, I found it on my shelf and opened it to the first chapter. ...

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.