Accordance Blog

September 2015

How Do YOU Prepare a Sermon?

September 30, 2015 - David Lang — For the past several years, I have been volunteering to teach high school English at the homeschool Co-op my children attend. Since my students are all from church-going families, I teach them to critique and write persuasive essays by focusing on a literary form they experience every week: the sermon. First, I have them read a number of classic and modern sermons. Then I have them take notes on their own pastor’s sermon and turn in a brief written summary. Next I have them develop a sermon outline, and finally, they write their own sermon ...

How to Run Accordance 11 in Safe Mode

September 28, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — If you use any software program long enough, eventually you’ll experience what I refer to as “a state of wonkiness” (technical term). While we’d like to think that Accordance is above the fray of such things, occasionally something can go wrong. In situations like this, what are you to do? If Accordance (or any other software program for that matter) is not working as it’s supposed to, usually the first line of defense is to close and restart the program. If that doesn’t work, restarting the computer itself may solve your problem if ...

Keeping Up with Accordance: 11.0.8 (Win/Mac) & 2.2.2 (iOS)

September 25, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — In case you missed it, both our desktop and mobile versions of Accordance were updated this week. Here are the details. This update brought minor improvements across the board, along with a slew of fixes. MACINTOSH WINDOWS New Features New Features The Info Pane pericope title can now be clicked to open the Outlines tool. User Tools now use the My Places file to remember their last ...

Simple Math & the Word Biblical Commentary

September 24, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Let me throw some numbers out for you: (a) 1,499.00 (b) 619.38 (c) 9.99 What do these numbers mean? Well, (a) = the new cost of the entire Word Biblical Commentary series, a week from today, on October 1, when the publisher raises the price. That breaks down to roughly $24.18 per volume; although individual volumes vary in price (and will be higher when purchased individually). Fortunately, (b) = the current sale price for the entire Word Biblical Commentary series. And here is where it gets really incredible. (b) ...

Feast of Tabernacles (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #131)

September 23, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — The Feast of Tabernacles was the largest and most joyous of ancient Israel’s three annual pilgrimage feasts. It occurs at the autumnal equinox and celebrates the end of Israel's harvest season. Its importance grew over time as it added spiritual, national, and even eschatological themes. Join Dr. J as he reviews the Accordance resources for researching this greatest of Israelite feasts. [Accordance 11: Study] See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

Basic Hebrew & Greek Searches in Accordance Mobile

September 21, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Learn how to perform basic Hebrew and Greek word searches in Accordance Mobile! Discover other helpful information and videos at the Accordance Mobile Tips page.

Printing Just What You Need

September 14, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Have you ever needed to print or make a PDF of a particular selection from a title in your Accordance Library? Here are a couple of tricks for exporting the exact content you need. UPDATE: Printing is even easier with Accordance 11.1.

NEW! Outside the Bible

September 07, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — The Bible was not written in a vacuum. This basic principle for interpreting the Scriptures often seems to be forgotten, inevitably leading to misinterpretation and error. Nevertheless, a responsible interpreter knows that the Bible was not just “dropped from the heavens,” but rather came through a process interacting with culture and context over a long period of time. For instance, I’ve often said that a reader cannot fully appreciate the context of the New Testament without familiarity with the Intertestamental Literature that precedes i ...

Accordance Mobile: Key Number Searches

September 05, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Want to know how a particular Greek or Hebrew word is used in an English translation of the Bible? Check out this week's Accordance Mobile Minute to find out how to run a Key Number Search! Discover other helpful information and videos at the Accordance Mobile Tips page.

Two Instances (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #130)

September 03, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — Most of us realize that Accordance allows us to use the resources we’ve purchased on more than one of our devices, but did you know that we can also open more than one copy of a resource on a single device? This technique, called “multiple instances,” can be surprisingly useful. In this podcast Dr. J shows several examples of multiple instances, explains how they can benefit us, demonstrates different ways to open resources, and points out the advantages of each method. [Accordance 11: Basic] See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on ...

My First Introduction to the Word Biblical Commentary

September 03, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — ...and why you should consider the series, too. I was introduced to the Word Biblical Commentary during my first semester in seminary in Fall 1991. I had somehow managed to place into Advanced Old Testament Survey, allowing me to complete in one semester what usually took two. My professor was Dr. John D. W. Watts, the original Old Testament editor for the Word Biblical Commentary. I later learned from his teaching assistant that Dr. Watts had recently completed his two-volume commentary on Isaiah for the series. This pleased the TA ...

Webinar: Basics 1 - Getting Started

September 02, 2015 - Linda Perry — In this previously-recorded webinar, Linda Perry goes over the basics of the Accordance interface, preferences, and essential features for using the software. To take part in our multiple free webinar offerings throughout the week, please see our Accordance Webinars page. And to watch other previously-recorded sessions, check out our Webinar Archives.