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May 17, 2019 Timothy Jenney

The Great Banquet (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #185)



Who doesn’t love a great banquet? This Bible study focuses on the the similarities and differences between two of Jesus’ parables: The Great Banquet (Luke) and The Wedding Feast (Matthew). Using only the resources available in the Accordance 12’s basic Starter Collection, Dr.  J demonstrates how to use the Info Pane, the Parallels tab, and Highlights to identify the message of each of these parables.

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Mar 11, 2019 Timothy Jenney

Upgrade from Accordance Lite (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #181)



Enjoying Accordance Lite? We’d like to invite you to upgrade to Accordance’s Basic Starter Collection, our least expensive collection. Its rich array of modern Bible study resources form a well-rounded library suitable for personal study. The Collection also includes the full version of Accordance, Accordance Desktop Desktop for Windows and macOS computers. It has many more features than Accordance Lite. Add speed and power to your Bible study today!

NOTE: The $25 special price for the Accordance 12 Basic Starter Collection is only available from March 12 - 25, 2019.

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Mar 11, 2019 Timothy Jenney

Upgrade from Accordance Mobile (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #180)



Enjoying Accordance Mobile? We’d like to invite you to upgrade to Accordance’s Basic Starter Collection, our least expensive collection. Its rich array of modern Bible study resources form a well-rounded library suitable for personal study. The Collection also includes Accordance Desktop for Windows and macOS computers, which has many more features than Accordance Mobile. Add speed and power to your Bible study today!

NOTE: The $25 special price for the Accordance 12 Basic Starter Collection is only available from March 12 - 25, 2019.


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Jan 30, 2019 Timothy Jenney

Quick Demo of Accordance (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #179)



This quick demo covers the basic features of Accordance for those studying the Bible in translation (typically in English). Accordance has added a number of additional features since the original Accordance 12 demo, including the Text Browser and Live Click. This updated demo includes those features.

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Dec 31, 2018 Timothy Jenney

Build a Bible Study Library (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #177)



Interested in studying the Bible? Serious students of the Bible know the value of a good Bible Study library. This podcast lists the basic resources every such library should have—and explains the use of each. Accordance’s Basic Starter Collection, available for Macs, Windows, iOS and Android, offers all of these resources in  a single, affordable package. Its digital format is also portable, allowing us to study at home, at the office, even at the local coffee shop!

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Jun 1, 2018 David Lang

Webinar: Preparing a Lesson with Accordance



In this previously recorded webinar, David Lang demonstrates how to prepare a Bible lesson using Accordance Bible Software.

Each week, we offer a number of free hour-long webinars on a variety of subject related to using Accordance Bible Software. Join in on a live demonstration regardless of whether you just want to check us out, or if you’re a new user wanting to get up to speed, or even if you’ve been using Accordance for a long time and want to take your Accordance skills to the next level.

Be certain check out upcoming webinars regularly on our webinar schedule page.


Apr 27, 2018 Timothy Jenney

Philip & the Ethiopian (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #163)



Join Dr. J in this study of the Ethiopian’s conversion (Acts 8:26-40). This podcast digs deeper into the passage, determining its limit, establishing its literary and geographical context, and investigating  unclear and unknown items in the passage. The study is a good model of how to use the Info Pane efficiently.

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Feb 17, 2017 Timothy Jenney

Research & Research Analytics (Lighting the Lamp Video Podcast #152)

Research is Accordance's fastest, most comprehensive search of mutiple resources. It replaced the older Search All in Accordance 11. Now, in Accordance 12, it features its own set of Research Analytics. Research + Research Assistant is a powerful combination that allows us to dig deeper into our search results than ever before. It identifies relevant passages and resources quickly and easily. It’s like having our very own research assistant, available to do our bidding whenever and wherever we are.  [Accordance 12: Intermediate]

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May 30, 2016 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Goldingay's The Old Testament for Everyone

Daily readings of the Bible have a long history in Jewish and Christian traditions. We even facilitate daily readings in Accordance if you want to practice this discipline digitally. Many daily reading plans of the Bible seek to have the reader complete the Scriptures in a year, and some aim for an even shorter time period. I sometimes wonder, “What’s the rush?”

Of course, there’s a difference between reading the Bible and studying the Bible. The latter takes a bit more effort and goes at a slower pace. Few will have the time to study (let alone reflect and act on) the entire Bible in a year. In the 1950s, William Barclay released a series of New Testament commentaries aimed at the “ordinary reader.” Although the series was titled The Daily Study Bible, it was not a study Bible in the sense of what we think of today. It was not a thick Bible with commentary at the bottom of the page. Rather, it would become 17 volumes of Barclay’s own translation and commentary of the New Testament, divided into short enough segments so that each could be studied in one sitting. Barclay’s work is known for its accessibility through explanation of key original language words and memorable stories and illustrations. This series is available in Accordance as The New Daily Study Bible.

OT for Everyone - JeremiahAlthough N. T. Wright never mentions Barclay or The New Daily Study Bible in his series, The New Testament for Everyone, when I saw it, reminded me immediately of the pattern: Wright’s own translation and commentary, broken into short segments, with explanations and stories aimed at the “average” modern reader. Having had the two previously mentioned series in Accordance for some time, today we are releasing the companion to Wright’s series with John Goldingay’s The Old Testament for Everyone.

Next Sunday, I am teaching on verses from 1 Samuel 1 at my church, so I was naturally interested in what Goldingay had to say about the passage in The Old Testament for Everyone. I should point out that Goldingay breaks ch. 1 into five separate readings. Remember what I said about going at a slower pace when studying the Bible as opposed to just reading it? Five days in 1 Samuel 1 is a healthy pace in my opinion.

Goldingay's Old Testament for Everyone screenshot

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Goldingay’s approach to Hannah’s anguish (which Goldingay described as “fretful in the sense of offended and angry”) was one that attempts to offer more empathy than either her husband Elkanah or high priest Eli gave her. Goldingay is both personal and contemporary in his approach. Of Elkanah, he comments,

So Elkanah finds himself living with permanent tension in the household and with deep depression in the soul of the woman he loved first and best. The poor man does his best to handle the situation, but we guys are clueless about understanding women. “Am I not better to you than ten sons?” Actually, Elkanah, no. Don’t apply a Band-Aid to the wound. Get her to talk about it some more.

And after Eli realizes that Hannah’s prayer at the Tabernacle is not the result of having had one too many, he knows that he has to respond to her "pastorally." Goldingay writes,

Eli desperately tries to regroup and remember what they told him in seminary about dealing with distraught and angry women, and he manages to get his act together. Various stories in the Old Testament illustrate the dynamics of prayer in this connection, and this is an example. As the word pleading suggests, when the Old Testament refers to prayer it doesn’t have in mind something like meditation or reflection, something designed to change us. Prayer is something more like the relationship of a child to its father or mother. When a child is hurt or scared, it comes to its parents to get them to do something about it, and (hopefully) they assure the child that they will. Eli knows that his job as a pastor in this connection is to bring God’s response to Hannah’s prayer.

I appreciated Goldingay’s wording above. Obviously, Eli didn’t go to seminary as in the modern sense, but using dry humor, Goldingay is making connections for the reader between the ancient world and the modern.

Each section of The Old Testament for Everyone can be studied in one sitting. The translation is Goldingay’s own. He uses the context of the commentary “to stick closer to the Hebrew than modern translations often do when they are designed for reading in church” (Genesis 1-16, “Acknowledgements”). This translation method includes using Yahweh for the divine name instead of the traditional “Lord.” This name--along with other significant words such as peace, Israel, Philistines, covenant, and many more--are hyperlinked throughout the commentary. These hyperlinks connect the reader to more detailed explanations that can be viewed easily in Instant Details or by clicking and going to that point of the text.

NOTE: Currently, the Accordance edition of The Old Testament for Everyone contains 15 volumes but lacks Lamentations-Ezekiel (vol. 16) and Daniel-Malachi (vol. 17). However, we expect to add them within three months at no additional charge, and these final installments will complete the set.

Update: 9/1/16 these two volumes were added in the free update to version 2.0 of the module.

Why not begin in Genesis now (you’ll have plenty of time before getting to Lamentations!) and study your way through the Bible as opposed to simply reading through it. Studying the Bible will take you longer, but the benefits will be greater, too. Afterwards, you can transition right into N. T. Wright’s New Testament for Everyone!

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Apr 18, 2016 Richard Mansfield

The Power of Accordance Mobile with iOS Split View

Presentation iOS Split View

Our release of Accordance Mobile 2.3 in February was a major update that took full advantage of new iOS 9 features. One of the major updates we featured was iOS Split View that allows Accordance to run side-by-side with another app on the devices that can support this.*

Split View In February, I showed off a screenshot of Accordance Mobile on the left and the Mellel word processor on the right. In Mellel, I displayed a paper I wrote years ago for a class (click or tap the image to the right to see a larger view) as a kind of "proof of concept" for how a a user might employ Split View. Using Accordance in Split View with word processing programs such as Mellel and Microsoft Word or note-taking apps like Evernote and Apple’s Notes seemed like a natural combination. And of course, it is.

Just recently, Clay Norwood, pastor of Superior Avenue Baptist Church in Bogalusa, Louisiana, told me of how he uses Accordance and Evernote in Split View for his sermon preparation:

I have really enjoyed doing my commentary work in Accordance using the new split screen feature.  It is great having the Scripture text and a commentary open alongside of Evernote.  Sections of the commentary that might be useful in outlining or drafting a sermon are easily copied and pasted into Evernote.  The iPad Pro (12.9") provides ample screen space for both Accordance and Evernote.

Norwood's Split View

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Clay Norwood's sermon prep in Split View.

Regular readers of the Accordance Blog know that those of us who work for Accordance, perhaps more importantly, are users of Accordance ourselves. In recent weeks, I’ve discovered a couple of other ways that Accordance Mobile can be used in Split View, which I’d like to share with you.

I’ve been using Keynote on an iPad to teach an adult Bible study at my church since 2010. I use Lifeway’s Explore the Bible curriculum and prepare slides each week with content combined from their leader materials and my own study of the passage in Accordance. Keynote has been my teaching tool of choice because, until recently, it was the only presentation tool I could find on the iPad that had a true Presenter View that displayed both the current slide and my teaching notes while projecting the slide alone on the external screen. Last year, Microsoft released PowerPoint for the iPad that also has a Presenter View.

Once Accordance worked in iOS 9’s Split View, I had a thought: What if I could put Accordance in Split View with Keynote? That way I could have access to the biblical text, my personal notes that I’ve added to Accordance, and the Presenter View in Keynote. At first, I had difficulty getting it to work. Although I could get Accordance on the left and Keynote on the right in Split View, I couldn’t get Keynote to project to the screen by itself. Then I decided to switch the side each app was displayed. Voila! It worked once Keynote was on the left. Although I would prefer Accordance to be on the left, Keynote would only project if it was in what iOS considers the primary application pane—the one that is on the left side.

PowerPoint - Accordance Mobile split view

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PowerPoint and Accordance Mobile in Split View.

I decided to see if PowerPoint would do this, too. So, I exported my Keynote file to PowerPoint and it worked like a charm. I also discovered that PowerPoint has a much nicer Presenter View (PowerPoint is shown in the images in this blog post). I hope that Apple will update the Presenter View in Keynote; but if not, I may have to give PowerPoint another try after abandoning it well over a decade ago.

All pastors and teachers should take note of this. This kind of split screen functionality for presentation software is something I cannot replicate on a traditional laptop because going into presentation mode in either Keynote or PowerPoint takes over the entire screen. I can only do this on my iPad. In Keynote or PowerPoint, a pastor could have a sermon text or outline in presenter notes adjacent to the current slide while using Accordance to display a biblical text plus a parallel text, personal notes, or commentary--all on one iPad screen. Classroom teachers could make use of this kind of setup as well.

Speaking of teaching Bible studies, it’s rare that I get to sit in on someone else lead a study, but I so greatly enjoy doing so when I get the chance. A few weeks ago, we were visiting family back home, and I decided to sit in on an old friend’s Bible study class. To my surprise, he was also using Lifeway’s Explore the Bible curriculum. Since I already had all the lessons in PDF format on my iPad in GoodReader, I simply put Accordance on one side of the screen, and the Sunday School lesson on the other side. I was even able to use my Apple Pencil to take a few handwritten notes on the lesson PDF.

Accordance Mobile - EtB Lesson

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Accordance Mobile and the Bible study lesson in Split View.

This was a bit of a revelation, too. If I were regularly taking part in a class like this, Split View really creates an ideal learning experience. Although the number of iPad models that can support Split View are limited at the moment,* I assume every new iPad released in the future will support it. What a great way for participants in a learning setting to make use of both Accordance and third party curriculum!

What about you? Have you discovered new ways to use Accordance thanks to Split View or other new features in iOS 9? If so, feel free to share them in the comments, or email me at [email protected] along with a screenshot, and perhaps I will feature your idea in a future blog post.

*Note: Currently, Split View is only available on iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 4.