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Aug 23, 2017 Ricardo Yaka

Sincronizando con Dropbox (Syncing with Dropbox)

En este video veremos cómo sincronizar el contenido de usuario en Accordance con Dropbox. Primero, veremos como hacerlo en una computadora y luego en un dispositivo iOS.

[In this video we’ll see how to sync the user content in Accordance with Dropbox. First, we’ll see how to do this on a computer, then on an iOS device.]

 

Aug 22, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Big Tent Publisher's Sale

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Any trusted preacher knows that a good sermon is only the result of sufficient preparation and proper interpretation. Perhaps the Apostle Paul said it best when he wrote, “Study to show yourself approved by God, a worker who needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim 3:16). Good interpretation requires time, practice, and good hermeneutics. Accordance Bible Software provides a big tent of premier biblical interpretation resources which empowers you not only to properly understand the Bible’s message but to powerfully proclaim it, too! This week, we are releasing four new titles which will equip you to understand and preach the Bible responsibly. Also, don’t miss an incredible publisher’s special on the 49-volume Hermeneia Commentary Series covering the Old & New Testament, the Pseudepigrapha, and writings of the Early Church! And finally, take advantage of big tent savings on the Pillar 14-volume New Testament Commentary Set when you get an amazing 54% off.

Special offers in this newsletter cannot be combined with other discounts and will end on August 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT.


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Faithful Preaching

Faithful Preaching: Preparing and Delivering Transformational Sermons

Faithful Preaching will teach you a clear and systematic procedure for developing expository sermons, from reading the text of Scripture to presenting the message before your congregation. The authors show ministers, those who are familiar with the original languages of Scripture and those who are not, how to prepare sermons that accurately and authoritatively preach
the message God has given in the Bible.

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Theory and Practice of Biblical Hermeneutics

The different authors of Scripture sought to communicate messages from the Creator to their audiences within the temporal and cultural setting in which they wrote, and did so through prophetic pronouncements, historical accounts, wonderful poetry, and personal and ecclesial letters. This volume celebrates the efforts of Dr. Elliott E. Johnson through several essays written by friends and former students.

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Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in  Light of Pentecost

Spirit Hermeneutics provides a biblical-theological reflection supporting a dynamic, experiential, Spirit-guided reading of Scripture. Biblical scholar Craig Keener addresses how we hear the Spirit's voice in Scripture and how we can expect the Spirit to apply the text to our lives and communities.

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Reading Jesus's Bible

In this book, John Goldingay uncovers five major ways in which the New Testament uses the Old Testament. His discussion paves the way for contemporary readers to understand and appreciate the Old Testament more fully.

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Horizons in Hermeneutics / Hermeneutics: An Introduction

  • Horizons in Hermeneutic –– From essays that focus on the horizon of the text through to essays that consider the horizon of the twenty-first century church, this collection invites reflection on the illumination that hermeneutical awareness brings to biblical interpretation. This collection of writings in honor of Anthony C. Thiselton aims to consider, exemplify, and build upon his insights, particularly in relation to Paul and his writings.
  • Hermeneutics: An Introduction –– After a thorough historical overview of hermeneutics, Thiselton moves into modern times with extensive analysis of scholarship from the mid-twentieth century, including liberation and feminist theologies, reader-response, reception theory, and postmodernism. No other text on hermeneutics covers the range of writers and subjects discussed in Thiselton’s Hermeneutics.

Thiselton's Hermeneutics Set
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Five experts in biblical hermeneutics gather here to state and defend their approach to the discipline.

Contributors include:

  • Craig Blomberg with the historical-critical/grammatical approach
  • Richard Gaffin with the redemptive-historical approach
  • Scott Spencer with the literary/postmodern approach
  • Robert Wall with the canonical approach
  • Merold Westphal with the philosophical/theological approach.

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Aug 21, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Use Accordance for Biblical Language Classes (7 Strategies for Students #4)

Using a tool as powerful as Accordance Bible Software while learning a biblical language can be like walking a fine line: you want to harness the power and time-saving benefits of using Accordance, but you don’t want to shortcut the learning process, or worse become dependent on Accordance instead of actually learning the language. Let’s face it, studying any language requires a lot of memorization. And my own experience echoes what I’ve always heard—memory is like a muscle; the more you use it, the better it becomes.

I remember that in both my introductory Greek and Hebrew classes, I spent a lot of time looking up words in lexicons. Having instantaneous access to all the major lexicons is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how Accordance can help you in your biblical language classes. We’ve already covered getting Accordance versions of textbooks (be certain to check whether or not your Hebrew or Greek grammar is available for Accordance!). Here are just a few of the ways Accordance can help you while you study Greek and Hebrew.


Translation Notes

Translation Notes

Translation is the main task of any language class. In the multiple biblical language classes I took years ago, I wrote my translations out by hand and carried sheets of paper to class. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I have very little of that work today. I probably translated the majority of the New Testament and much of the Old Testament when I was in school. I wish I had my translation and notes saved digitally, but it wasn’t an easy option back then.

Regardless of whether you want to work out a translation by hand or directly on the computer, consider saying your translation work (the translation itself and your syntax notes) in an Accordance User Notes file. This set of notes can be viewed in parallel with the original language text as well as popular Bible versions.

Need to turn your translation in as homework? Select the text you need to turn in and from the contextual menu choose Print Selected Text. Or if you need to format it or submit it electronically, copy and paste it into the word processor of your choice.

Don’t be surprised if you’re referring to these notes for years to come! And it’s also good practice to continue saving this kind of work when you’re teaching or preaching after you graduate.


Parsing

Parsing

Using Accordance is like having Greek or Hebrew super powers: with just a mouseover, you can get instant morphological and syntax information. However, I regularly tell users, “Use your Accordance super powers for good, not evil.” So, you don’t want to use Accordance to do your parsing homework for you. However, you can use Accordance to check your parsing homework.

In some cases parsing a Greek or Hebrew word can be interpretive. If your personal parsing work doesn’t line up with what you find in Accordance, don’t just correct your work according to what you’ve found in the software. Instead, try to figure out why Accordance is giving you different information than what you found on your own.

In addition to moving your mouse over the tagged original language text, you can also create a Parsing Chart. Begin by highlighting the text (this can be individual words, verses, or entire passages), and from the contextual menu, select Lookup: Parsing. If you want to save your chart, make certain it is the active tab, and from the File menu, choose Save Active Tab.


Diagrams

Diagram

Diagramming sentences has really made a strong comeback in recent years after being neglected for an entire generation of students. There’s no real substitute for diagramming a sentence to understand not only syntax, but also the thought process and logic of the biblical writer.

Accordance has a built-in diagramming feature that’s extremely flexible. You can create your own diagrams and save them for later use in Accordance. Save your diagrams in Accordance and re-edit them later if necessary. Print them out to turn in for homework or take a screenshot to paste them in a word processor. If you want to incorporate a diagram with your Translation Notes (see above), take a screenshot of your diagram and add it to your notes.

You can create as many diagrams as you want in Accordance; however, we also have a Greek Diagrams module available for sale in the Accordance Store. If you purchase these diagrams while taking a class, though, remember proper use of your super powers! You will want to use the purchased Accordance Diagrams to compare and check the diagrams you have already created.


Word Charts (Syntax Practice)

Word Chart

Many Accordance users may not even know they have access to Word Charts from within the software. Select a passage in an original language biblical text, and from the Amplify Menu, choose Language: Word Chart.

This will give you a table with columns for the biblical word (inflected form), lexemes (lexical form), parsing, function, translation, and comments. By default, the function and comments sections are blank. These tables are completely editable, so double-clicking a blank cell will allow you to add your work to it.

If you really want to challenge yourself, double-click any of the cells that already have content and delete what’s there. Test yourself by figuring out on your own information such as lexical form, parsing, and translation. These charts can also be saved for later reference. With the Word Chart as the active tab, select the File menu: Save Active Tab.

And here’s a tip for the profs: follow the same procedure in the paragraph above to create a quiz that can be printed out for your students to fill in the missing information.


Vocab Lists

Vocab

Beginning Hebrew and Greek students live or die by memorizing vocabulary. Here’s how to create a vocabulary list in Accordance. Since almost every intro Hebrew class translates the Book of Ruth, we’ll use it as an example in the steps below.

  1. With a Hebrew text set to search for words, type this into the search field: [RANGE Ruth] <AND> *

    Note that because Hebrew is a right to left language, your search argument will appear reversed from what you see above, but that’s okay. In fact, you can enter the elements of this search in any order as long as <AND> is in the middle. The asterisk is the wild card symbol used to find every word in Ruth.

  2. After you run your search, you should see every word in Ruth appear in red because every word is a hit resulting from the wild card (*). Click View Analytics immediately above the text and choose Word Count Totals: Analysis.

  3. Click on the Display Settings (gear icon) for your Analysis tab and make certain the first column shows the LEX. Set Sort to Count Down, Secondary Sort to Alphabetical, the Count to None (to remove the numbers), and check Show Root with LEX and Show Gloss with LEX.  Click OK.

  4. Print the list or Copy it from the Analysis window to a word processor or whatever app you intend to use with your vocabulary.


Learning an ancient language is tough enough, but Accordance Bible Software gives students a tremendous advantage with tools for diagramming sentences, creating word charts and vocab lists, checking parsing homework, and translating the Hebrew or Greek text itself.

Don't miss previous installments in our Strategies for Students series!

#1 Take Class Notes in Accordance

#2 Use Accordance Editions of Textbooks

#3 Export Citations from Accordance

 

Aug 19, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Endorsement: Dan Wallace

“A marvelous tool” is the description Dan Wallace, Senior Professor of New Testament Studies and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, applies to describe his use of Accordance Bible Software going all the way back to 1992. He says, “I know about the other software—I have Logos; I have Bibleworks—but frankly, I have to say, there is absolutely nothing in the world that compares to Accordance if you want to do serious language studies of the Bible and even serious studies of the Bible with commentaries and other tools. It’s phenomenal. It’s the easiest [Bible] software program.” Dr. Wallace also explains why he requires his students to use Accordance for their Apostolic Fathers assignments.

For more information about Dan Wallace, check out his personal website.

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Aug 14, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

NEW! Thematic Monographs from the New Testament Library

For decades, The New Testament Library from Westminster-John Knox has been one of the most respected interpretive series on the New Testament. Today, we are releasing four of the thematic monographs in the series for the Accordance Bible Software Library.

NTL Theology & Ethics in Paul Theology & Ethics in Paul (Victor Paul Furnish)

Victor Paul Furnish's treatment of Paul's theology and ethics has long been regarded as the key scholarly statement and most useful textbook on Paul's thought. As the author states, "The apostle’s ethical concerns are not secondary but radically integral to his basic theological convictions." Featuring a new introduction, this timeless volume is as relevant in this century as it was in the last. This edition includes the new introduction by Richard B. Hays.

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Theology & Ethics in Paul (Victor Paul Furnish)
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NTL Paul & the Anatomy of Apostolic Authority cover Paul and the Anatomy of Apostolic Authority (John Howard Schütz)

Schütz delivers close, perceptive exegesis of Paul's epistles with careful historical analysis and sharp critiques of previous interpretations. Theological insight and critically-discerning use of sociological analysis are employed throughout this work.

The author presents a bold thesis: for Paul, the authority of the apostle is an interpretation of power—the power of the gospel.

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Paul and the Anatomy of Apostolic Authority (John Howard Schütz)
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NTL Images in the New Testament cover Images of the Church in the New Testament (Leander E. Keck)

This classic work identifies and illuminates 96 images for the church found in the New Testament. Comprehensive and accessibly written, it has been used in seminary classes for many years. Its range of reach and incredibly-rich discussions of the many images and metaphors make this book an impressive resource for students and pastors.

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Images of the Church in the New Testament (Leander E. Keck)
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NTL History & Theology cover History and Theology in the Fourth Gospel (J. Louis Martyn)

Now in its third edition, this volume surveys the scholarly work that has been written concerning the book of John. Martyn’s thesis located the Fourth Gospel firmly and plausibly along a Jewish landscape. Moreover, Martyn encouraged an interpretation of John that, with variations, persists in 21st-century scholarship.

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History and Theology in the Fourth Gospel (J. Louis Martyn)
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Aug 10, 2017 Timothy Jenney

Adding Links to User Content (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #156)

Accordance offers us the option of creating a powerful set of hypertext links. We can then paste them into many different kinds of documents. These accord:// links automatically execute instructions in Accordance: searching texts or tools, opening a resource to a specific place, locating a place on the atlas, etc. This podcast explains how easy it is to create such links and where they can be effectively used.

See more episodes of Lighting the Lamp on our Podcast Page!

 

Aug 7, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Three New Preaching Books from Weaver!

We don’t often think of preachers in the same class as politicians or lawyers—thank goodness! And yet all three professions place heavy use on public speaking and persuasion. The best communicators—regardless of profession—that I’ve personally known continue to hone their skills. Great preachers read other preachers’ sermons, and they regularly read good books about preaching and effective communication. Today, we are pleased to release three new books from Weaver Book Company that allow Accordance users to up their game when it comes to effective proclamation from the pulpit. And all three titles would make great reading on the go on your iOS device or Windows tablet.

Preaching by Ear: Speaking God's Truth from the Inside Out

Preaching by Ear - Win Although I grew up under a pastor who never took notes into the pulpit, I’ve never been able to do the same. I will undoubtedly forget the most important point of my message if I don’t at least have an outline. But that’s partly because I’ve usually tried to memorize a message that I first composed in written form.

Click/tap the image on the left to see a larger view of Preaching by Ear on a Windows tablet.

In his book Preaching by Ear, Dave McClellan attempts to wrestle us away from the formal sermon most of us were taught to construct in seminary—whether that’s a complete manuscript or an outline derived from it. McClellen wants us to rely on personal experience and preach from the heart, a method that he says has been neglected since the beginning of the printing press, when we began focusing on the written aspect of a sermon rather than its oral presentation.

McClellan may be on to something here. Consider the difference between a written account of a sporting event versus a commentator’s live play-by-play delivery. The latter is undoubtedly more engaging. Should our sermons reflect this kind of dynamic style, too? McClellan certain thinks so, and he draws upon figures from outside the church (Aristotle) and from within (Augustine) to make his point.

You may or may not agree with all of McClellan’s points, but I believe Preaching by Ear to be a very informative and challenging approach. And if you’ve found your sermons falling on deaf ears lately or generally lacking in their effectiveness, this may be just the kind of method necessary to re-orient the way you preach. Odds are, this is probably not the method you were taught in seminary.

Preaching by Ear
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Persuasive Preaching: A Biblical and Practical Guide to the Effective Use of Persuasion

Persuasive Preaching - iPad Years ago, I taught communication classes to business students at a Christian university. We covered different kinds of public speaking—everything from informative speeches to entertaining and persuasive addresses. Toward the end of my experience teaching these classes, I began to notice a cultural shift was taking place in which persuasion was starting to be seen in a less-favorable light. In my evaluation, persuasion was often mistakenly equated with manipulation, but the two are very different from one another.

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I even saw this viewpoint played out in a church I visited a few years back in which the pastor (a friend of mine) delivered a very interesting explanation of one of Jesus’ parables, but he never offered any opportunity for the hearers to apply Jesus’ words. He never gave any challenge, and the invitation was negligible. I asked him about it later, and he told me that he felt he should let his congregation (which in another conversation he complained was shrinking) make that connection for themselves.

Larry Overstreet’s book Persuasive Preaching: A Biblical and Practical Guide to the Effective Use of Persuasion is a return to the biblical principles of persuading an audience to make some kind of change. In the first chapter, Overstreet writes,

I believe Scripture mandates that the goal of preaching is ultimately to effect change in the listeners, that is, to bring them into conformity with the will and Word of God. Therefore, I present the following definition as the foundation of persuasive preaching to be considered in this book.

Persuasive preaching is

(a) the process of preparing biblical, expository messages using a persuasive pattern, and

(b) presenting them through verbal and nonverbal communication means

(c) to autonomous individuals who can be convicted and/or taught by God’s Holy Spirit,

(d) in order to alter or strengthen

(e) their attitudes and beliefs toward God, His Word, and other individuals,

(f) resulting in their lives being transformed into the image of Christ.

Overstreet presents a biblical and balanced guide to the proper use of persuasion in biblical preaching. This book should be read by every pastor, regardless of experience. To deny a goal of persuasion in one’s sermons is to court defeat from the outset.

In Acts 26:28, we read, “Then Agrippa said to Paul, 'You almost persuade me to become a Christian'” (NKJV). Indeed. That is the point, is it not?

Persuasive Preaching: A Biblical and Practical Guide to the Effective Use of Persuasion
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Preaching Points: 55 Tips for Improving Your Pulpit Ministry

Preaching Points - iPhone If you’ve never heard of Preaching Points, go immediately and subscribe to the podcast from the Center for Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. I’ve listened to these discussions about effective preaching on and off over the years (and even listened to it on CDs back before podcasts became a thing) and still benefit from principles I learned years ago.

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If you wanted to go back as far as you could and catch up on every podcast episode of Preaching Points, you would have a very daunting task ahead of you. There are over 450 episodes of the podcast available and even more archived on the Gordon-Conwell website. Listening to all of this content would certainly be an immensely powerful class in effective homiletics, but it would all be very time consuming.

Fortunately, the best of Preaching Points has been distilled down to 55 primary tips for improving your preaching. Everything is here from “Preaching the Big Idea” to “Preach ‘We’ More than ‘You.’” None of the 55 sections are very long, but they do contain a lot to think about and implement. For those of you who preach weekly, I would recommend taking one chapter a week. Reflect on the tip and attempt to put it into practice in your next sermon. In a little over a year’s time, don’t be surprised if you don’t see dramatic improvements in “your pulpit ministry.”

Preaching Points
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Aug 3, 2017 Ricardo Yaka

Sincronizar con Wi-Fi [Sync using Wi-Fi]

En este video veremos cómo sincronizar el contenido de Accordance entre una computadora y un dispositivo iOS usando Wi-Fi.


[In this video we will see how to sync the content in Accordance between a computer and an iOS device using Wi-Fi.]

 

Jul 20, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Endorsement: Jim Meek

New Testament scholar Jim Meek has held many roles, including the role of dean at two seminaries, as well as a serving as a pastor and church planter. He has used Accordance Bible Software for over 20 years, especially in the study of the New Testament use of the Old. Jim Meek offers two recent examples of using Accordance to understand what Jesus was trying to communicate when he prayed that his disciples would be one (John 17:11) and also to clear up questionable teaching on Psalm 23.

To see more Accordance endorsement videos, please visit our Endorsements page.

 

Jul 17, 2017 Richard Mansfield

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Free Accordance Training Seminar (5 August, 2017)

Come join us for a FREE Accordance Training Seminar in Sydney, Australia on 5 August, 2017! The seminar will be held at the Summer Hill Anglican Church. Come deepen your Accordance Bible Software skills or check us out for the first time!

Accordance in Australia

NSW – Sydney, Australia
Saturday 5 August 2017, 9am to 1pm
Summer Hill Anglican Church
Corner of Smith and Henson Street, Summer Hill, Sydney
Upper Meeting Room
Program: Accordance Basics

Although the seminar is free, we do ask that you register ahead of time at [email protected] or check out our Seminars and Shows page for more information!