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Jun 26, 2017 Richard Mansfield

NEW! The Preacher's Commentary (35 volumes)

Preacher's Commentary - Genesis Perhaps you’ve heard the sentiment often repeated by seminary students: the sermon you preach in your seminary class you wouldn’t dare preach in your church, and the sermon you preach in your church you wouldn’t dare preach in your homiletics class.

Unfortunately, there’s often a great amount of truth to this. To be certain, I’ve sat through student sermons that seemed to aim more at the academic hall than the average church setting for which I’ve been familiar. And, of course, sermons preached in a classroom often (but not always—who am I to judge?) have the ultimate goal of pleasing a preaching professor for a good grade.

Nevertheless, seminaries still graduate good preachers every year. Yet if a pastor were to preach sermons along the lines of classroom preaching or academic papers written while in school, a congregation might struggle. When studying a passage from the Bible, a pastor cannot present content in the same manner as reflected in many of the standard Bible commentaries—as good as they are. Any good pastor must know “how to get the hay down out of the loft onto the barn floor where the cows can get at it” as famed preacher Donald Grey Barnhouse supposedly said.

This “getting the hay down out of the loft” can be time consuming at times, especially for the pastor with an already-full schedule. This, of course, is where preaching commentaries become very helpful. Good preaching commentaries should be used alongside other commentaries, not as sermons to be preached, but rather as guides that alert the pastor to the rhetorical aspects of a biblical passage. Preaching commentaries help with finding practical application from a biblical passage that squares with the experience and needs of church members.

Thus, we’re pleased to announce one of the most trusted preaching commentaries, available beginning today for the Accordance Bible Software Library. Edited by Lloyd J. Ogilve, the 35-volume Preacher’s Commentary series has been trusted by pastors for three and a half decades. This series brings together both scholarship and sensitivity to the needs of preaching the Bible—all in one commentary series. As stated in the preface...

Many current commentaries and Bible study guides provide only some aspects of a communicator’s needs. Some offer in-depth scholarship but no application to daily life. Others are so popular in approach that biblical roots are left unexplained. Few offer compelling illustrations that open windows for the reader to see the exciting application for today’s struggles. And most of all, seldom have the expositors given the valuable outlines of passages so needed to help the preacher or teacher in his or her busy life to prepare for communicating the Word to congregations or classes.

This Preacher’s Commentary series brings all of these elements together. The authors are scholar-preachers and teachers outstanding in their ability to make the Scriptures come alive for individuals and groups. They are noted for bringing together excellence in biblical scholarship, knowledge of the original Greek and Hebrew, sensitivity to people’s needs, vivid illustrative material from biblical, classical, and contemporary sources, and lucid communication by the use of clear outlines of thought. Each has been selected to contribute to this series because of his Spirit-empowered ability to help people live in the skins of biblical characters and provide a “you-are-there” intensity to the drama of events of the Bible which have so much to say about our relationships and responsibilities today.

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Click/tap the image above for a larger view of the Preacher's Commentary in Accordance 12. NKJV with Strong's Numbers available separately.

With names like Lloyd Ogilve, Maxie Dunham, Stuart Briscoe, David Hubbard, and others, The Preacher’s Commentary series offers a “best of both worlds” approach. This is a commentary series that pastors can depend on for getting to the heart of a passage with just the right amount of help so that they can create sermons with power and impact.

Although based primarily on the New King James Version, Accordance users can pair the Preacher’s Commentary with any biblical text or translation--or as many as needed, for that matter. And Accordance Mobile allows a busy pastor to carry the entire sermon series on an iPhone or iPad for study on the go in any situation! If you preach or teach regularly, you will want to add The Preacher’s Commentary to your personal Accordance Library today. And take advantage of special introductory discounts if you purchase in the first week of the series’ release!

The Preacher's Commentary
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Introductory Publisher's Price $149

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Jun 23, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Free Accordance Webinars for June 26 - 30, 2017

Webinars - large Have you discovered our free interactive Accordance Webinars? Throughout the week you can participate in live Accordance training in hour-long sessions that cover just the content you need.

Here are the free Accordance webinars for the week of June 26 - 30, 2017:

Accordance Commentary Survey

Monday, June 26, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT

Pastor Abram K-J walks you through various commentary series available or Accordance and how to put them to best use in your studies and preaching.

Taught by Abram Kielsmeier-Jones

Beginner Basics, Part 3: Searching

Monday, June 26, 5:00 - 6:00 PM EDT

Join us for this hands-on class with step-by-step instruction while working in your own Accordance program. This webinar includes tutorials in the following subjects related to Searching in Accordance: Using Quick Entry; Single word, Exact, and Flex Searching; Wildcard Searching; Phrase Searching; Two words in the same verse; Words beginning with a capital letter; Designing a Concordance; and using Analytics.

Taught by Linda Perry

Studying the Synoptic Gospel Parallels in Accordance

Thursday, June 29, 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT

This webinar includes an overview of defining the Synoptic Problem, looking at proposed solutions to it and what sources the gospel writers may have had. The seminar focuses on using Accordance resources to study the differences and similarities of gospel parallels and the importance of such study for teaching ministries.

Taught  by Dr. James Davis

Strong's Numbers and English Word Studies

Thursday, June 29, 4:00 - 5:00 PM EDT

Even if you've never taken a Hebrew or Greek class, you can still gain access to the underlying biblical languages in Accordance with any "keyed" Bible translation. Join us for this webinar on how to perform "responsible" word studies using Accordance Bible Software

Taught by Rick Mansfield

Taking part in our free Accordance Webinars is easy. Check out our Webinars page for more information or to sign up. See you online!


Jun 22, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Endorsement: Michael Miller

Michael Miller, a consultant with Wycliffe Bible Translators, discusses the value of Accordance Bible Software for exegetical work and Bible translation into other languages.

This video was filmed in November, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas, at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.


Jun 20, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Big Savings to Help You Apply the Bible


Understanding and applying the Bible is one of the tasks of every Christian, but most know, it's no easy task. Reading and understanding the Scriptures takes time and effort. The Apostle Paul says, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9 NIV). The first step of understanding the Bible is reading it, but what do we do from there?  We don’t want to merely amass knowledge of the Bible, allowing it to have no effect on us. With up to 78% off on publisher's specials, you can save on this selection of biblical tools that will help you as you not only read the Bible, but seek to apply it to your everyday life.

Special sale prices on the products featured below cannot be combined with other discounts and will end on June 26, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT.

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Each volume features a complete introduction, commentary, and a helpful reference section in addition to sermon and lesson applications. Written in an easy to understand and practical format, this set is ideal for sermon preparation and lesson planning.

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Designed to help any reader navigate the unique and sometimes intimidating literary terrain of the Bible, these accessible volumes break down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become understandable to contemporary readers.

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In this volume, topics are arranged alphabetically and cross-referenced with other related topics, key verses, and longer Bible readings. Each entry is designed to address life's everyday struggles and questions, and each topic leads you directly to the Bible passages that speak to those struggles and questions.

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Explanations for over five hundred of the most troubling verses to test the minds and hearts of Bible readers! Verse by verse, four distinguished Bible scholars take you behind the scenes to find succinct solutions to the most difficult verses in Scripture.

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The author outlines a comprehensive strategy for learning to engage, interpret Scripture, and provide a well-rounded exegetical-theological approach to studying the Bible. Proviging not only academic information, this work serves as an instructive guide that helps students appropriate the academic information in their own spiritual lives.

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Handfuls on Purpose is packed with over 2,000 expository outlines that have been described as “deeply devotional.” Insightful suggestions for Bible reading, study, and thousands of ideas for sermons and devotional talks are offered. This work is treasured by preachers looking to compose thoughtful, compelling, and powerful messages.

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A welcome guide to reading, studying, understanding, and savoring this panorama of beginnings—of both the world and of Israel. The author helps us to gain insight into how Genesis points to Christ and can be read in light of the gospel.

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The reader will appreciate the rich depths of this volume while savoring the Proverbs for all their wisdom. Most important for Christian readers, we gain insight into how Christ is the climax and embodiment of wisdom.

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These studies and translations of the Greek New Testament are simplified commentaries on the Greek text for the Bible student who is not conversant with the Greek language. The four-volume set includes commentaries on the Gospels and Epistles; graphic explanations of selected passages, words, and phrases; and devotional studies on the teachings of Jesus and the apostles.

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Jun 19, 2017 Richard Mansfield

NEW! A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible

Compact Guide to the Whole Bible - 3D Bible surveys can be difficult to teach. There’s certainly value to gaining a big picture overview of Scripture. Over the years, I’ve taught surveys of one or both Testaments at both the high school and college levels as well as in church settings. Sometimes it seems like I’m offering something very helpful, but other times it feels “a mile wide and an inch deep” as the saying goes.

The same kind of sentiment can be said for written surveys of the Bible. Finding a good one-volume introductory survey of the Bible can be quite challenging. There’s a fine balance between offering enough depth to make such a work meaningful without making it so difficult that it’s no longer introductory in nature. Such was the dilemma faced by the faculty of Seattle Pacific University. Their sophomores were required to take a survey course on the Bible. Not satisfied with already-published Bible surveys, the faculty decided to write their own. Releasing today for the Accordance Bible Software Library, A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible: Learning to Read Scripture’s Story is the result of this project. But this biblical introduction is intended not just for classroom use, but use in the church as well.

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Click/tap the image above for a larger view of A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible in Accordance 12 for Windows.

Edited by Robert W. Hall and David R. Nienhuis, with chapters written by additional faculty members, A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible from Baker Academic has been designed as “a short ‘guide’ [...] that would provide just enough information to prepare the students to begin reading the Bible itself. Such a guide seems to us central to the educational mission of religiously related universities and Christian congregations” (preface).

A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible begins with introductory sections designed to help the reader understand a Christian perspective on the Bible as well as how to read it in relation to its varied literary genres and historical contexts. Then, rather than presenting each book of the Bible by itself as with many similar introductions, chapters treat various sections of the Bible, focusing on the Bible’s metanarrative (defined as “A grand, overarching story that takes a group of smaller, different stories and provides a framework for understanding how they all fit together”). The goal for this approach is to read the bible as story rather than in isolated passages separate from the whole.

Each chapter covers a portion of Scripture, such as “The Beginning of the Story” for Genesis through Deuteronomy or “The Story of Jesus” covering the four Gospels. The structure of each of these chapters follows the same outline:

The Story: Contribution to the Metanarrative
The Shape of the Story: Arrangement and Placement
The Style of the Story: Literary Features
The Specifics: What to Watch For
What Do We Learn about God?
What Do We Learn about Being God’s People?
What Do We Learn about God’s World?

Compact Guide to the Whole Bible - iPad This approach to Scripture as story becomes the overall motif for the entire book. The authors even include an epilogue, as opposed to an afterword--which might appear in other, more traditional, reference works.

Click/tap the image to the right for a larger view of A Compact Guide to the Whole Bible in Accordance Mobile for iOS.

In their wish to make this introduction accessible to all, the reader is not required to have any knowledge of biblical languages, and any reference to Greek or Hebrew words use transliteration. For the most part, the authors use their own translations when quoting Scripture, but occasionally refer to the CEB or NRSV. Page numbers are included in the Accordance version of A Compact Guide to the Bible for use in mixed-format group settings.

Even those long familiar with the Bible may benefit from this fresh approach with its emphasis on reading the Bible as story, an idea that has become increasingly popular in recent years, as evidenced by publishers releasing print versions of the Bible without traditional chapter and verse numbering. Students and other interested readers alike will especially benefit from reading A Compact Guide to the Bible wherever they are using an iPad or iPhone.

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Jun 15, 2017 Ricardo Yaka

Configuraciones de inicio de Accordance - iOS [Accordance Settings on iOS]

En este video veremos cuándo usar la configuración de inicio de Accordance en los dispositivos iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). Estos pasos pueden ayudarnos cuando tengamos problemas con Accordance en el dispositivo.

[In this video we will see when to use the Accordance Startup settings on iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). These steps can help us when we have issues with Accordance on the device.]

Download Accordance Mobile for iOS.


Jun 14, 2017 Accordance Bible Software

Accordance 12 Advanced Features (Training Seminar Session 2)

In session 2 of this Accordance Bible Software Training Seminar, David Lang demonstrates the Info Pane, Papers, Stacks, Research, and more. This training seminar was filmed in San Antonio, Texas, on November 18, 2016 in conjunction with last year's ETS/SBL meetings.

Also, don't miss session 1: Accordance 12 Overview.

By the way, this year's free Accordance Training Seminar, held in conjunction with ETS/SBL, will be held on November 17 in Boston at a yet-to-be-announced location. We are already accepting registrations, so if you can make it, please email [email protected] and put in your name!


Jun 12, 2017 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Keener's Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts

Keener Miracles cover 3D When I was in high school, an agnostic father of one of my classmates cornered me one day in an attempt to question my Christian faith. He asked me if I believed in miracles. When I affirmed I did, He said, “If God has set natural laws in place in his creation, a miracle would be a violation of his laws. Wouldn’t that make God a lawbreaker?”

I didn’t know the name David Hume at the time, but years later I would learn that this 18th century philosopher defined a miracle as a violation of natural law. Grounded in the empirical ideas of his age (and in many ways, ours), Hume did not believe in miracles because they would, by very definition, contradict universal experience. After studying Hume years later, I remembered the encounter with my classmate’s father and realized he was channeling Hume in his challenge to me.

Even as an 18-year old, I felt the argument presented to me by my friend’s father established rules about God (whom arguably, he didn’t believe in to begin with) which were a bit external to the nature of the very definition of an all-powerful Being. Yes, there are “natural laws” in place that God established in the creation of the cosmos, but if he created the natural system in which we live, he can just as easily bypass this system as he sees fit. Nevertheless, skeptics often stump those who believe in miracles when they ask for documented evidence for them.

Almost all modern Western skepticism of the supernatural can be traced back to the development of empirical ideas (that is, reality is only what we can directly and uniformly experience with our senses) of the Enlightenment era. And if the idea of miracles are readily dismissed, we can point back to the arguments and influence of David Hume.

Although most believers in the God of the Bible would believe in the historicity and possibility of the miraculous at some inherent level, Hume’s influence remains with us whether his name and precise arguments are known or not. Thus, Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, decided it was time to counter Hume’s arguments in perhaps the most thorough and decisive means attempted in modern times. Today, we are pleased to release Keener’s monumental two-volume work, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts for the Accordance Bible Software Library.

I used the word thorough in the paragraph above because that aptly describes Keener’s Miracles. In print, the two volumes consist of over 1200 pages. Keener comes at the subject from every angle. In part 1, Keener examines ancient evidence of miracle accounts, and not just those from the Judeo-Christian tradition. In part 2, he directly addresses the philosophical presuppositions suggested by Hume. In part 3, Keener examines account after account of modern miraculous occurrences (here is that documented evidence that skeptics request). In part 4, Keener explores various proposed explanations for miracles. And then a series of appendices, which could serve as an independent volume by themselves, serve to round out several subjects not addressed in the earlier content.

Keener Miracles

Click tap the image above for a larger view of Craig Keener's Miracles in Accordance 12.

Accordance users who own the most recent Theological Journal Library will want to read Rob Plummer’s detailed review of Keener’s Miracles. Plummer summarizes Keener’s main arguments in this way:

The two-part thesis of Miracles is straightforward: (1) Many people, both ancient and modern, give credible eyewitness testimony that they, or people they know, have experienced miracles; and (2) therefore, when judging the historicity of ancient works that report miracles, scholars should not, at the outset, eliminate the possibility that genuine supernatural phenomena were observed.

I can’t overemphasize how important Craig Keener’s Miracles is to its subject and the skepticism of our age in general. Add it to your personal Accordance Library and work your way through Keener’s evidence and arguments. Then don’t be surprised how often you recognize David Hume’s still persistent influence; yet now, you will have the information needed for serious engagement and discussion.

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Jun 10, 2017 Helen Brown

In Memory of Chris Rockwell

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We are deeply saddened to have to share with you that Chris, our lead iOS programmer for over two years, has passed away very suddenly. We withheld the news at the request of the family, until after the funeral today.

Joel Brown, our Manager of Software Development wrote:

Chris was an exciting, dedicated, and exuberant worker with whom, for over two years, I had the pleasure of working.  From the initial interview, I could tell Chris' passion for both software development and serving God's kingdom, especially his excitement at combining the two.  Chris was able to immediately step in and fill a vital role in our team.  From that point forward, he continued to grow as a developer, in both his effectiveness and his leadership.  His loss came as a tragic shock to everyone in the company, and we will be missing Chris for many years to come.  Our thoughts, hopes, and prayers are with Latecia and the rest of his family as they continue through this difficult time.

Chris himself recently shared this on our Staff page:

I am a Texas native, more specifically Northeast Texas. For those wondering, yes I grew up with cows in my backyard, which is not as common as you think where I am from. I’ve always been intrigued with computers and technology as a whole, even as a youngster, but wasn’t exposed to programming until my freshman year in college at Prairie View A&M. At the time, I was majoring in Computer and Electrical Engineering, but that soon changed after watching the movie The Social Network. That movie, which chronicles the start of Facebook, captivated me and exposed me to something I had never known nor heard of before, coding. From that day forward I have been engulfed in my passion for programming and went on to attend Full Sail University, where I graduated, Salutatorian, with a Bachelors in Mobile Development. I was super excited when I received the lead from my college for the job opening at Accordance. A job that combines two things I love, my faith and programming. I have grown and learned so much as a programmer and as a person since I joined the team back in 2015 and I am looking forward to what the future has in store.

Rest in Peace, Chris. You will be greatly missed.

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Jun 9, 2017 Richard Mansfield

UPDATE! Accordance 12.1 for Windows & Macintosh

Accordance 12.1 update Accordance 12.1 for Windows and Macintosh is now available as a free upgrade for Accordance 12 users! Select App Update from the Utilities menu (Windows) or the Accordance menu (Mac) to update. Keep reading to find out about changes in Accordance 12.1!

Syncing of User Content

Accordance 12.1 is a significant update, although a lot of the changes are “under the hood.” The greatest change in Accordance 12.1 relates to Dropbox, which Accordance users employ to sync user content. Dropbox is discontinuing their current API at the end of June, 2017. Therefore, Accordance users need to upgrade to v. 12.1 if they want to sync content after this time.

Supported Platforms

Any Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 10 user who is currently running Accordance 10, 11, or 12 should not have any problems running Accordance 12.1, but as mentioned on our System Requirements page, XP is not supported by Microsoft any longer.

Mac users should note that Accordance 12.1 requires Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or higher, and syncing using the new Dropbox API will require OS X 10.10 Yosemite or higher.

Discounted Upgrades

To help Accordance users running older versions upgrade to version 12.1, we are running a 30%-off sale on Accordance 12 Starter through June 19, 2017.

Accordance 12 Upgrade from version 11
Regular price $49.90
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Accordance 12 Upgrade from version 10
Regular price $54.90
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Accordance 12 Starter (version 9 and older + new users)
Regular price $59.90
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Other Improvements in Accordance 12.1

Both Macintosh and Windows versions of Accordance 12.1 include better font rendering, and Accordance 12.1 for the Mac is now fully 64 bit. Of course, there are plenty of other improvements; but as already mentioned, most of these are internal to the Accordance code itself. For a complete list of improvements, see our New Features since 12.0 page.