Accordance Blog

October 2015

Wish List Wednesday

October 28, 2015 - — Are you ready for holiday savings? Accordance is making its holiday sales list and checking it twice! As we gear up for holiday shoppers, we want to know what items you would most like to see on sale this holiday season. We can't guarantee which items in the Accordance Library will be on sale, but your feedback is important to us. Let us know what's on your Accordance Holiday Wish List this year. What items have you had your eyes on all year long just waiting for the prices to drop? Tell us all about it -- we're all ears! You can list the ...

Preacher Feature: John G. Butler

October 26, 2015 - Richard Perry — This week our featured preacher is John G. Butler. He was a Baptist minister for over a half century including pastorates in Detroit and Chicago. Butler loves to write and loves the Word of God. "God has called me to write about the Bible and it is my main focus and delight!" His combination of well-organized, meaningful, and understandable outlines are especially helpful to pastors in preparation of their own sermons. Butler's works are not only filled with conviction, passion, and inspiration but they are also well researched, ...

Accordance 11.1 Sneak Peek #3

October 23, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — We’re much closer to the release of Accordance 11.1. It will be here very soon with so many excellent new features, you’ll be amazed that we’re giving it away as a free upgrade to Accordance users who have already moved to version 11. One of the new features being added to 11.1 is easy generation of Accordance Location URLs. Let’s say you’re reading the Preaching the Word Commentary, and you want to remember a particular location. You could always bookmark it, but what if you wanted to refer back to that location in other places—even ...

7 Ways to Become an Accordance Expert

October 22, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — In the next few days, I will lead two all-day Accordance Training Seminars in Texas. I love leading these events because I get to meet and know other Accordance users in a face-to-face setting. Invariably, I always run into some users who will says something like, “I’ve had Accordance for ___ years, but I really don’t know how to use it very well.” These days, Accordance Bible Software has the most intuitive interface in its history thanks to use and feedback from users and innovation from our design team. Nevertheless, it is a very rich ...

Preacher Feature: Charles H. Spurgeon

October 19, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 - 1892) is known to this day as the "Prince of Preachers." Recognized quickly as a prodigy of sermon exposition, Spurgeon became pastor at London's New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) at the age of 19, where he served until his death 38 years later. Often controversial, Spurgeon lived a colorful, if not short, life; but his thousands of collected sermons and written works still inspire pastors and laity well into the 21st century. [Image on right: an early photo of Charles Haddon Spurgeon ...

NEW! Sacra Pagina & Berit Olam Commentaries

October 19, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — We are pleased to announce two new commentary series for the Accordance Library: Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry (15 volumes, Old Testament) and Sacra Pagina (18 volumes, New Testament). From Liturgical Press, both of these series incorporate a Catholic perspective, but their appeal is broad enough to be appreciated by members of a wide variety of faith traditions, especially those who enjoy reading different viewpoints. The name of the series, Berit Olam, is Hebrew for “everlasting covenant.” Aimed a wide ...

Accordance 11.1 Sneak Peek #2

October 18, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Accordance 11.1 is well on its way! In this second sneak peek, take a look at the new folder customization options for your Accordance Library! [Note: this video does not include narration.]

Accordance 11.1 Sneak Peek #1

October 12, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Accordance 11.1 is coming soon! In this first sneak peek, we put the spotlight on a new feature that Accordance users have been requesting for quite a while! Can you guess what's new in this short video? Here's a hint: the title being edited is not a module available from the Accordance Store; rather, it is a public domain title available from the Accordance Exchange. (this video has no audio commentary)

Preacher Feature: James Montgomery Boice

October 12, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — "The root of pride is saying that we can do without God." James Montgomery Boice [as quoted in The Complete Gathered Gold] The above quotation from James Montgomery Boice is illustrative of his life and work. That is, Boice dedicated his life to preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ as an antidote to the sin that separates humanity from God. Born in 1938, James M. Boice has become synonymous with 20th century expository preaching. Many would have been intimidated to follow the late great Donald Grey B ...

Two NEW Preaching Resources from Baker

October 12, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Now that we’re deep into the middle of Clergy Appreciation Month, we’re excited to introduce two new resources that are beloved by preachers and laity alike. James Montgomery Boice stands as a giant in the history of expository preaching. One could even say he wrote the book on the subject if we want to count his collected Expositional Commentary. These 27 volumes collect Boice’s sermons in biblical order to cover most of the Old and New Testaments. In his chapter, “Expository Preaching,” in the book Feed My Sheep: A ...

Preacher Feature: John Piper

October 06, 2015 - — Theologian and retired pastor, John Piper, is perhaps the best known and most influential contemporary figure in the realm of Reformed Christianity. Very few pastors or Christian professors of any persuasion have had the kind of diverse reach as seen in Piper’s career and calling. Millions of Christians have benefitted from his sermons, classroom instruction, books, and personal ministry. Influence on Piper’s life began in his home in Greenville, South Carolina, where his father served as an itinerant evangelist reaching tens of ...

Unlinking Additional Panes in Accordance Mobile

October 05, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Accordance Mobile now allows you to unlink the right parallel pane from the one on the left. Why would you want to do this? Watch this week's Accordance Mobile Minute to find out!

UPDATED: Baker's Understanding the Bible Commentary Series

October 05, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — For years, Accordance users have profited from the insights and scholarship found in the New Testament volumes of the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series (formerly titled The New International Biblical Commentary) for personal research, private study, and sermon preparation. Now we are pleased to announce the release of the Old Testament companion volumes for the UBCS. These additions bring the current 18 volumes to a total of 36 to incorporate into your Accordance Library. These new volumes add the biblical analysis of renowned ...

John R. Kohlenberger III (1951 - 2015)

October 02, 2015 - Accordance Bible Software — We were saddened to hear yesterday that John R. Kohlenberger III passed away on Tuesday, at the age of 64, following a decade-long battle with prostate cancer. Kohlenberger was known for his work connecting the words in English translations to underlying Hebrew and Greek languages, especially in the New International Version. Working with Edward Goodrick, John Kohlenberger improved and corrected previous biblical word numbering methods to develop what is referred to as the Goodrick-Kohlenberger Key Numbering System. The use of G/K ...

Final 2015 Accordance Training Seminars (FREE!)

October 01, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — With only one quarter of the year left, I wanted to remind everyone of the remaining Accordance Bible Training Seminars for 2015. As always, these workshops are free, but we do ask that you sign up so that we know how many to expect. Here are the dates and locations of the remaining seminars: Fort Worth, TX Saturday, October 24, 2015, 9 AM to 6 PM Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 2001 West Seminary Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76115 Room: Truett Conference Center located in the Rotunda area of the B.H. Carroll Memorial ...