Accordance Blog

January 2015 — December 2015

Pastor Spotlight: Brian Tabb

July 10, 2015 - — This post continues our look at ministers who use Accordance. If you would like to share your story, please email [email protected] This week's installment is a bit different in focus as Dr. Brian Tabb has given us permission to adapt a section of his Themelios review of the Accordance 10 Ultimate Collection. In this post, Dr. Tabb details how a pastor might use Accordance in sermon preparation. Let us consider how a pastor could use Accordance Bible Software to prepare a sermon on Genesis 1:26. First, the pastor could quickly set up a ...

Jonah (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #126)

July 09, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — The story of the prophet Jonah is a delight, filled with unexpected twists and turns. In this podcast, we’ll explore the way it turns the tables on its readers. Expecting judgment to fall upon others, we instead find judgement falling upon ourselves. Join Dr. J as he helps us “hear” the story of Jonah as its ancient Israelite audience would have when they heard it for the very first time. [Accordance 11: Study] See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

Amateur Archaeology: Ai - Probably, Ephraim - Possibly

July 08, 2015 - Helen Brown — The second in a brief series of amateur visits to lesser-known archaeological sites in Israel. On a relatively cool and pleasant June day north of Jerusalem, the guard led us up to the Khirbet el-Maqatir excavations to meet Dr. Scott Stripling, the Director. This summer’s dig was in full swing, and it was a joy to see some of our faithful users deep in the dirt, and to have a personal tour of the site from Dr. Stripling. Scott Stripling and Helen Brown Click for full image First he reviewed the history of the site, as revealed in 13 seasons ...

Travel Back in Time with the Virtual Bible

July 06, 2015 - David Lang — In Mark 13:1, Jesus is leaving the Jerusalem Temple complex where he has been teaching, and one of his disciples says to him, “Teacher, look! What massive stones! What impressive buildings!” Jesus then makes the shocking declaration, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here on another that will not be thrown down!” When I read this passage, I can immediately relate to that disciple, because I have personally marveled at some of the man-made wonders I have been able to see in person. When those “impressive buildings” ...

Viewing & Exporting Images in Accordance Mobile

July 05, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Did you know thumbnail images in Accordance Mobile can be viewed fullscreen? Even better, you can export them to use in your teaching and preaching materials! This week's Accordance Mobile Minute shows you how!

Pastor Spotlight: Wes Allen

July 03, 2015 - — This post continues our look at ministers who use Accordance. If you would like to share your story, please email [email protected] I love to study, learn, and grow. I feel fidgety when I don’t have a book to read and grow anxious when I can’t explore new avenues. This is one of the reasons I love Accordance so much! Accordance allows me to narrow in on a singular passage and to explore whatever level of depth I can afford at the time. When I need to explore a similar idea in another part of the Bible, commentary, or even a map, I ...

Amateur Archaeology: Shiloh

July 02, 2015 - Helen Brown — I have been privileged recently to visit some lesser-known sites in Israel, and would like to share a few with you in a short series of posts. Currently a small religious settlement above a green valley, Shiloh was once central to the faith of Israel. A few days ago we wandered over the historic site, taking in the Jewish rock-cut tomb, Byzantine church mosaic floor, and the Mosque, all bearing witness to successive waves of occupation. Further on we climbed the hill to see the museum and multimedia display, and explored the ruins and walls o ...

8 Tips for Running Accordance on Windows Tablets

June 29, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — As many already know, Accordance Mobile on iOS is an incredible way to take one's entire Accordance Library, or even a smaller subset of it, on the go. And yet as great as Accordance Mobile is, sometimes we wish we had the full power of Accordance 11 in a tablet form. Well, that actually exists! Many don’t realize that it’s possible to run the full Windows version of Accordance on any Windows tablet. I’ve installed Accordance on a number of different Windows tablets—everything from the more powerful Microsoft Surface Pro series to a low-end H ...

Pastor Spotlight: Matt Smith

June 26, 2015 - — I have used Accordance since the founding of our church. I use it daily as an app on my phone to look up biblical verses I may be asked to comment on. I use it also to stay sharp, reading a sentence or two in the original language each day right from my smartphone. When I teach mid-week, I often use Accordance as a teaching tool, utilizing Apple TV and my phone to illustrate technical nuances of passages relevant passages on the big screen. Our church is used to having it and I cannot imagine ever doing without it. For sermon preparation I u ...

Playing Audio in Accordance Mobile

June 22, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Accordance Mobile is made for Bible Study on the go, but did you know that it’s great for audio, too? In this week’s Accordance Mobile Minute, we will take a look at playing audio files from Accordance. Want to know more about Michael Card's Biblical Imagination Series? Check out these other posts: Dr. J's Lighting the Lamp video podcast #125: Biblical Imagination In the podcast, Dr. J mentions a few other links, and these can be found here: Review: Mark: The Gospel of Passion (Biblical Imagination Series) (5 stars) @ivpress [Joel Watts, ...

Biblical Imagination Series (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #125)

June 22, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — In the latest Lighting the Lamp podcast, Dr. J takes a look at The Biblical Imagination Series from Michael Card. This is a delightful study of each the four Gospels, enhanced by four albums of his signature music. This Accordance module includes both his commentaries and his albums, with links in the text to the tune that goes with each passage. Card is an accomplished musician and writer—and these Gospels commentaries are as fresh and engaging as his music. [Accordance 11: Resources] In the podcast, Dr. J mentions a few other links, and ...

NEW! Michael Card's Biblical Imagination Series

June 22, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Is there a line between biblical scholarship and biblical faith? When I was younger and began pursuing seminary studies, studying biblical languages opened up the world of technical commentaries. For years I tended to gravitate toward these kinds of volumes and pay less attention to volumes that didn’t require a working knowledge of Greek and Hebrew. However, as I’ve grown older, and perhaps as my own faith has grown, I have had a growing hunger for treatments of Scripture that go beyond the technical. Nevertheless, I’ve found myself in a bit ...

NEW! Trent Butler's Judges (Word Biblical Commentary)

June 19, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — The Old Testament Book of Judges is known for its cycle of sin, oppression, and deliverance. When the people cry out to God, he sends them a judge to rescue them from their oppressors. Although we don't believe any sin has been involved, we have definitely heard our users crying out for Trent Butler’s Word Biblical Commentary on Judges! After a delay much longer than what we would have wanted, we are pleased to announce that that Judges (WBC vol. 8) is finally available for the Accordance Library! Having met Trent Butler at conferences in the ...

Pastor Spotlight: Bryan Catherman

June 18, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — This post continues our look at ministers who use Accordance. If you would like to share your story, please email [email protected] I'm a guy who loves paper books, especially thick ones. I have shelves full of them in my study. But they don't do me much good when I'm at the coffee shop, on visitation, or in a hurry. Books are especially difficult when I'm not even sure where to start my research for a sermon or doctoral paper. Accordance and Accordance Mobile are not only lifesavers, they make me a better pastor. I use Accordance to ...

NEW! Two New Works from Baker Academic

June 15, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — This week, we are pleased to announce two new additions for the Accordance Library from Baker books. The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology Although the field has been growing, there have only been a handful of truly useful theological dictionaries in recent years, and even fewer have seen second editions. Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, edited by Walter Elwell, has proven itself to be not only useful, but also one of the most respected of these kinds of works. In a way, the previous edition was already a second attempt because it ...

Pastor Spotlight: Derek King

June 12, 2015 - — This post continues our look at ministers who use Accordance. If you would like to share your story, please email [email protected] I work full time at a campus ministry on the University of Kentucky campus, where one of my primary roles is teaching, specifically when it comes to the intellectual side of faith. In addition to that, I am also a full time seminary student at Asbury theological seminary. So I use Accordance in 3 primary ways: Teaching and Preaching I commonly get students coming to me and asking me questions about c ...

Pastor Spotlight: Abram Kielsmeier-Jones

June 11, 2015 - — This week we begin a new feature that highlights ministers who use Accordance. If you would like to tell us your story, contact [email protected] I use Accordance every week for sermon preparation and devotional Bible reading. Rare is the day that I don't open the program on my Mac or the app on a mobile device. The customizability, speed, sophistication, and availability of resources for preachers are second to none. Want to compare multiple English translations and instantaneously generate a comparative list of differences? A ...

Accordance Mobile 2.1 User Notes (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #124)

June 08, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — The latest release of our Accordance Mobile app includes a number of new features, including some of User Notes. In this podcast, Dr. J reviews all the capabilities of User Notes on mobile devices and demonstrates dictating a note, typing in multiple languages (including emoji characters!), changing font styles and colors in a note, and syncing User Notes with Dropbox. [Accordance Mobile 2.1: Basic] See our archive of previous Lighting the Lamp podcasts. New Improvements in Accordance Mobile 2.1 User note edit view allows editing of text ...

Creating Ad Hoc Outlines in Accordance Mobile

June 06, 2015 - Richard Mansfield — Learn how to easily create on-the-fly outlines in Accordance Mobile. Since the iPad in this video is in portrait mode, we recommend fullscreen viewing.

Webinar: Preparing Topical Sermons in Accordance

June 05, 2015 - Timothy Jenney — In this previously recorded webinar, Dr. J demonstrates how to use Accordance for creating topical sermons. We have new webinars available every week. Sign up at our Webinars page, and see past webinars at our Webinars Archive page.

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