Accordance Blog

June 2016

NEW! Feasting on the Word (22 volumes)

June 27, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — 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 n ...

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

June 25, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — 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.

Accordance Adventures in Hong Kong

June 24, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — 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. 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, ...

Of Apes and Ethics

June 13, 2016 - David Lang — 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 ...

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

June 10, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — 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!

NEW! (Relatively Speaking) The Living Bible

June 06, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — 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 1 ...

NEW! The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible

June 06, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — 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 ...