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Importing SermonCentral Content into Accordance

March 17, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Note: A version of this post previously appeared on SermonCentral's website. SermonCentral and Accordance Bible Software make a great sermon prep and preaching combination. Sermons and other content from SermonCentral can be imported into Accordance User Tools and User Notes for sermon prep, live preaching, or archived for later reference. Now through March 26, we're giving away a PRO subscription and digital library from Accordance Bible Software to six winners! Importing SermonCentral Content into an ...

A Closer Look at St. Patrick of Ireland

March 17, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — If you pastor a church, I know your work is cut out for you. The deacons and the finance committee don’t always see eye-to-eye with your vision, and the sermon you spent extra time preparing seems to get the most criticism! However, the next time you think you have it tough, remember poor old St. Patrick of Ireland. Maybe your prayer life has deepened dealing with a difficult congregation. Patrick’s prayer life was developed in the six years of his youth spent as a slave after being kidnapped by pirates! When people disagree with your ...

Accordance Training Seminar in Florida: March 19

March 16, 2016 - Accordance Bible Software — Accordance will holding a FREE 4 Hour Training Workshop on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Please tell your family, friends and colleagues about this opportunity. See details below. 4 Hour Training Workshop Saturday, March 19, 2016 FREE 9am to 1pm (For beginners or those wanting a review of the basics of Accordance) Hosted By: First Baptist Church of Winter Garden 125 East Plant Street Winter Garden, FL 34787 Room: TBD Map & Directions Accordance training seminars are here to ...

WIN with Accordance & SermonCentral!

March 14, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Accordance Bible Software and SermonCentral make a great combination for sermon preparation! Now through March 26, enter to win an Accordance 11 Essential Collection plus a three-year SermonCentral PRO membership! Combined, this is a $946 value. SermonCentral PRO offers unparalleled access to video illustrations, PowerPoint slides, and more, worth $26,000. The Accordance Essential Collection provides entry-level professional resources for the pastor, professor, or Bible study leader, valued at $6,000 in print. 1 Grand ...

NEW! Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament

March 14, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — For a number of years, our users have been requesting an Accordance edition of the 15-volume Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament. Well, the wait is finally over! Beginning today, the TDOT is now available for the Accordance Library! The Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament is the companion series of Kittel and Bromiley’s Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (TDNT), also available for Accordance in complete or abridged form. Like its companion series, the TDOT has been carefully translated from the German into ...

Accordance Mobile 2.3.1 Released

March 09, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Accordance Mobile has been updated to version 2.3.1. This release is a minor update to Accordance 2.3, released a month ago. Accordance Mobile 2.3.1 now allows audio to play when the device is on vibrate/silent, enabling users to listen to audio without distractions from other sounds (i.e. notification sounds). The update includes other bug fixes and performance improvements. If your iOS device is set to automatically update, you may already have v. 2.3.1. Otherwise, open up the iOS App Store to download. If you've not ...

Switchers Sound Off!

March 03, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Note: Although our 30%-off Promotion is now over, Switchers can still get a 20% discount on their first order when upgrading to Accordance from a competing platform. See our Switcher page for more information. We’re hearing from more and more users who, not satisfied with their Bible software for whatever reason, have made the switch to Accordance. Throughout the entire month of March, if you’ve invested at least $199 in a competing Bible software platform, you can use the coupon code SwitchNow to get 30% off your first ...

Choosing Between Words and Verses

March 02, 2016 - David Lang — The other day, someone on our forums suggested that we split the Accordance search entry box into two: one for searching by verses and the other for searching by words. He explained, "This would avoid having to drop down the 'Verses/Words' option each time, as I find myself about 50/50 as to which I use." It's funny how something as simple as choosing between a word search and a verse search, repeated over and over again, can start to feel burdensome. Over the past 20-plus years of development, we have changed the interface for making ...

NEW! Four Years of Devotionals from E. Stanley Jones

February 29, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — “The Bible redirects my will, cleanses my emotions, enlightens my mind, and quickens my total being.” --E. Stanley Jones as quoted in The Complete Gathered Gold Few Christian ministers of the modern age have taken the command to “Go into all the world and preach the Good News… (Mark 6:15) as seriously as did the late E. Stanley Jones (1884 – 1973). Called “the world’s greatest missionary evangelist” by Time Magazine in 1938, E. Stanley Jones served as a missionary in India, China and Japan. Jones was a tireless communicator, ...

Searching Bibles & Texts (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #136)

February 22, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — Searching the Bible for verses, words, and topics is a fundamental study technique. Accordance makes it faster and more accurate. Join Dr. J as he demonstrates how to do all of these kinds of searches—and how to check your results. See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

Frustrated? Switch to Accordance NOW!

February 22, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Note: Although our 30%-off Promotion is now over, Switchers can still get a 20% discount on their first order when upgrading to Accordance from a competing platform. See our Switcher page for more information. Why So Frustrated? Occasionally when I’m at a conference telling potential new users about Accordance Bible Software, I meet what I call “The Frustrated Brand X Bible Software User.” These are people who already use Brand X Bible Software and are unhappy with their decision for a variety of reasons such as slow ...

Important Security Update in 11.1.4

February 19, 2016 - Helen Brown — Accordance 11.1.4, just released, has two notable sets of changes. It patches the potential security vulnerability when running Check for App Updates on an insecure public network. WARNING: this vulnerability affects all prior versions of Accordance from 9 to 11, except the Mac App Store version, when running on a public network. We strongly recommend that all our users upgrade to 11.1.4 to eliminate this potential risk. It continues the revisions of the Syntax display and searching. We describe the changes in Quick Guide ...

An Afternoon with Dr. Charles Ryrie

February 17, 2016 - David Lang — Yesterday Dr. Charles Ryrie, long-time professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, renowned dispensational theologian, and author of the Ryrie Study Bible, passed away at age 90. I met Dr. Ryrie only once, but even that brief encounter left a lasting impression on me. I had been working for Accordance for no more than a couple of years at the time, so this would have been around 1996 or 1997. I had flown to Dallas to exhibit Accordance at a conference and to meet with the owner of a local computer store that sold Macintosh computers. One ...

NEW! Backgrounds of Early Christianity

February 15, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — I have to admit at times I’m a bit envious of today’s seminary students--until I remember cramming for exams and the like. I’m actually referring to the ever-growing Accordance Library with titles such as Everett Ferguson’s Backgrounds of Early Christianity (3rd edition) released today. This was a textbook I used in a backgrounds class I took a few years ago. Back then, I had to buy the “dead-tree” version of the book, but I would have loved to have had it in Accordance at the time. Of course, Backgrounds of Early Christianity is a ...

NEW! Baker Handbooks on the Old Testament

February 15, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — For the past week, we have discounted our New International Commentary on the Old and New Testaments at our lowest offering ever (if you’re reading this blog post on the day I’m posting it, you have until midnight to take advantage of this phenomenal price). Although not often touted as a feature of the NICOT/NT, the fact remains that unlike many commentary series written by multiple authors, this one is uniformly good throughout. And for years, many Accordance users have benefitted from the first two volumes in the NICOT, which are Victor P. ...

The Reviews Are In: Accordance Mobile 2.3 Is a Hit!

February 12, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — The Reviews Are In: Accordance Mobile 2.3 Is a Hit! This week we released Accordance Mobile 2.3 which brought exciting new features such as Slide Over, Split View, Spotlight Search, and support for the iPad Pro’s much larger screen. This release is significant because it not only brought new features, it also created entirely new workflow strategies for using Accordance Mobile in professional contexts. Since Monday, we’ve been blown away by the response of our users! Here is a sampling: “Just a grateful ...

What's New in Accordance Mobile 2.3?

February 10, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Accordance Mobile 2.3 is finally here! This release incorporates a number of iOS 9 capabilities as well as other new features making Accordance even better to use when on the go. Here are some highlights of the Accordance 2.3 update: Full iPad Pro Resolution iOS 9 Slide Over iOS 9 Split View Pane Orientation Saved Secondary Pane Location iOS 9 Spotlight Search Internal Web Browser Support Enhanced User Notes Continued Multimedia Support Bug Fixes For more information, b ...

Updated NICOT and NICNT

February 08, 2016 - Helen Brown — Great news! Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. continues to expand their highly-rated New International Commentary series on the Old and New Testaments. As their website says: This premier commentary series enjoys a worldwide readership of scholars, pastors, priests, rabbis, and serious Bible students. They eagerly consult its high-quality volumes to inform their preaching, teaching, and academic research, and they warmly welcome each newly published volume as they would an encounter with a stimulating new friend. Through the ...

NEW! AMG's Complete Word Study Dictionaries

February 08, 2016 - Richard Mansfield — Although traditionally very popular among pastors, students, and laymen, The Complete Word Study Dictionary for Old and New Testaments from AMG Publishers was actually designed to be used by all readers of the Bible, including those who have studied the original languages. As stated by Spiros Zodhiates in the preface to the New Testament volume, “The greatest benefit of this dictionary will undoubtedly be realized by the person who has taken the time and exercised the discipline and diligence to study the Greek grammar and language of the New ...

Understanding Syntax - (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #135)

February 06, 2016 - Timothy Jenney — Over the past few years we’ve worked hard to make our original language syntax searches faster, more accurate, and more intuitive. In this podcast, Dr. J demonstrates the value of the add-on Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament syntactical databases. He also offers guidance in how to use Syntax Trees, perform syntactical Word Searches, and hone our syntactical Construct Searches. A working knowledge of Greek or Hebrew will help viewers get the most out of this episode. See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

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