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May 15, 2017 Richard Mansfield

Celebrating 500 Years of Luther's Reformation

 

Luther 500

2017 marks the 500-year anniversary of Martin Luther posting his “Disputation for Clarifying the Power of Indulgences"--or more commonly known as 95 Theses--to the Wittenberg Church door. Of course, as any student of history knows, this event marks the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Although the actual date of the anniversary doesn’t come until later this year, today we are releasing a number of resources designed to further study and discussion of Luther and the movement that resulted from his dispute with the church.

Regardless of which side of the Reformation you land on, these resources will give you a better understanding and grasp of Luther’s thought and the events that followed.


The Annotated Luther (5 volumes)

To really understand Martin Luther, one must read him in his own words. But where to begin? The most comprehensive series on Luther’s writings is in German and well over 100 volumes. And even the most complete English series has approximately 60 or so volumes and counting. Considering not all writings of any significant historical figure are equal, it can be easy to get lost among the important content and the minutia. The Annotated Luther series aims to bring the most important writings of the Reformer in new translations along with annotations and other helps to a modern audience.

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Each volume of The Annotated Luther offers a fresh, modern translation of the Reformer’s writings with new introductions, annotations, textual notes, as well as illustrations, art, photos, maps and timelines. This series allows the reader to dive deep into Luther’s thought without having to discern the significant from the less-important content.

Volume 1: The Roots of Reform (Timothy J. Wengert, editor)
Volume 2: Word and Faith (Kirsi I. Stjerna, editor)
Volume 3: Church and Sacraments (Paul W. Robinson, editor)
Volume 4: Pastoral Writings (Mary Jane Haemig, editor)
Volume 5: Christian Life in the World (Hans J. Hillerbrand, editor)

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Resilient Reformer: The Life and Thought of Martin Luther (Lull & Nelson)

Another excellent way to understand Martin Luther is to read a good biography of him. This recent release, Resilient Reformer: The Life & Thought of Martin Luther, was initially begun by Lutheran scholar Timothy F. Lull before his unexpected death in 2003. Derek R. Nelson took Lull’s unfinished work and turned it into one of the most important biographies of Luther in recent years.

Certainly, there are many biographies of Luther out there, both good and bad. Resilient Reformer, though covering all of Luther’s life, focuses on his character traits that led him through significant crises in his life. In saying this, the writers do not brush over the personal shortcomings of Luther, noting the seemingly paradoxical state of being “sinner and righteous at the same time” as Luther often characterized Christians in this life.

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As noted in the preface, there are already books about Luther than tell the story of his dramatic life, and there are plenty of books that examine his theology. This particular volume attempts to tell “the dramatic story as theological story, giving due attention to both Luther’s work and his context.” This is definitely a not-to-be-missed treatment of the great Reformer!

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Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses: With Introduction, Commentary & Study Guide

Often heard is the lament that modern Christians do not know church history. Truthfully, though, there are rarely good treatments of Christian history suitable for church use. An exception to this is Timothy Wengert’s guide to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, aimed specifically for “students, interested laypersons, pastors, and their congregants to prepare for 2017 [the anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation] and beyond” (preface).

As a corollary to The Annotated Luther, this title introduces the content and the impact of Luther’s 95 Theses on the Church at a level that is accessible to most interested readers. The book begins by setting the historical context with Luther’s historical situation and explains significant concepts such as the practice of selling indulgences in Luther’s day. The content of the 95 Theses itself comes with ample textual notes explaining content that may not be immediately apparent to a modern general audience. Two other documents are also included: the cover letter to the 95 Theses directed to the Archbishop Albrecht of Mainz as well as the 1518 Sermon on Indulgences and Grace. The sermon was Luther’s “popular” version of the 95 Theses aimed at lay readers and hearers and made Luther into a household name within a very short time.

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Consider using Wengert’s guide to the 95 Theses as a four-week small group study in your church. In addition to the content itself, there is a study guide for each of the four sections as well as resources for further reading for those who want to take the next step and study beyond the scope of this book. As with most recent Accordance titles, page numbers are included for use in groups of mixed digital and print editions.

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Atlas of European Reformations

Most subjects are better understood when visualized, and this is certainly true of the history of the Protestant Reformation across Europe! Rich in both images and content, this title by Tim Dowly may just be the missing piece in your complete understanding of the Reformation.

The Atlas of the European Reformations is a completely new resource without parallel on the subject. This title features over 60 maps, plus an extensive multi-image timeline and many other images. Four multipart sections cover the following eras:

Before the Reformation
Reformation
Catholic Reform and Counter-Reformation
Early Modern Europe

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Included is an extensive bibliography divided by subject, plus a geographical index (gazetteer), and a subject index (although with Accordance, you can search for any word or phrase regardless of whether it is in the index or not).

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Dec 31, 2016 Richard Mansfield

Discourses on the Son of God by Gregory of Nazianzus

Gregory of Nazianzus icon St. Gregory of Nazianzus was Archbishop of Constantinople in the 4th century AD. As with most figures of the church during this time, much of Gregory’s writings are in reaction to the heresy of Arianism which was dividing most of the church at this time. However, the benefit of the controversy led Gregory and his peers to precisely formulate the Christian understanding of God and the relationship of the Persons of the Trinity.

Taken from what is known as his Five Theological Orations, these Two Discourses on the Son of God are written as a response to Arian claims about Christ. The first of these two orations provide not only precise terminology but also exact definitions for the nature of God and the relationship of the Son to the Father. Using logic and reason, St. Gregory argues against Arian claims from a purely philosophical standpoint. In the second of the two orations, however, he turns his attention to the Scripture references that the Arians have used to bolster their claims. No doubt, even now some of Gregory’s arguments are appropriate for dialogue with those who hold similar theological beliefs of the Arians in today’s religious climate.

The last two sections (designated Orat. 30:20-21) are especially delightful. Here, St. Gregory runs through a common list of names, titles, and designations for Christ with an explanation of each one. Despite the non-poetic layout of the text, it reads (to me anyway) very much like poetry.

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Discourses on the Son of God in Accordance comes with three modules. The Greek text has full morphological tagging. It can be run in parallel with an English translation by Charles Gordon Browne and James Edward Swallow from the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Series II, Volume VI. A third Notes module containing cross-references may be run in parallel as well.

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Dec 19, 2016 Richard Mansfield

Finding the Reason for the Season with St. Athanasius

Spoiler Alert: It has nothing to do with the big guy in the red suit.

“The things which they, as men, rule out as impossible, He plainly shows to be possible; that which they deride as unfitting, His goodness makes most fit; and things which these wiseacres laugh at as ‘human’ He by His inherent might declares divine. Thus by what seems His utter poverty and weakness on the cross He overturns the pomp and parade of idols, and quietly and hiddenly wins over the mockers and unbelievers to recognize Him as God.”

St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation, Accordance location: accord://read/Athanasius#3

Kneeling Santa Back in the late eighties, I worked in a religious bookstore. Back then stores like ours still put emphasis on the books themselves over all the ancillary gift items which seem to be the main focus of many such stores these days. Our store did sell a few gift items, though, and around the Christmas season, we couldn’t keep enough of those little “Jesus is the reason for the season” pins in stock.

I suppose in its day, these pins were a volley against the increasing commercialization of Christmas, a celebration that began as a true “holy day” in every sense of the word but eventually became distorted through the addition of a mythologized St. Nicholas, decorated trees, and flying reindeer. I eventually figured out that it was going to take much more than a lapel pin slogan to get the point across, and fully realized this on the day that I actually saw a custom-made, diamond studded (I kid you not) version of the “Jesus is the reason for the season” pin.

Most would agree that the Christmas popularized today is a far cry from the roots of the first advent and nativity of Jesus Christ. Don’t get me wrong—I don’t mind the Christmas trees and lights, and I suppose I’ve yet to turn down a Christmas gift offered to me. I realize that the kind of corrective-message pin that I described above meant little more than “Hey, let’s try to emphasize Jesus more than Santa Claus this year” regardless of how successful that message ever actually was. Setting aside cultural expressions of the Christmas holiday, I’d like to encourage the person who truly wants to embrace the idea that “Jesus is the reason for the season” (outward lapel pin or not) reflect not upon just the what or who of the nativity but also the why. And who better to help us do that than St. Athanasius of Alexandria.

St. Athanasius was born near the end of the third century and served as bishop of Alexandria--although often serving from exile--for 45 years. Most of Athanasius’ life and career (he probably would not have made such a distinction) was in reaction to the growing heretical movement known as Arianism.

Arius, an Alexandrian priest, "denied that the preincarnate Christ (the Logos) was co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father. Arius ... argued that Christ was created by God out of nothing and was therefore a creature" (Pocket Dictionary of Church History, Accordance location: accord://read/Pocket_Church_History#74).  As the teachings of Arius gained in popularity and influence, Athanasius took on the title Athanasius Contra Mundum (“Athanasius Against the World”).

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Side note: For a thorough but concise overview of the life and works of St. Athanasius, I would encourage Accordance users to check out William Wright's excellent entry on Athanasius in The Dictionary of Early Christian Biography from Hendrickson.

One of St. Athanasius’ most famous works in this regard is known as De Incarnatione (On the Incarnation). Our English word incarnation comes from the Latin, incarno, which means “to be made flesh.

Interestingly, though, most historians of the early church agree that St. Athanasius wrote On the Incarnation before the rise of the Arian controversy. However, it was this work by Athanasius that created an apologetic and theological foundation from which to defend orthodox Christian teaching against the claims of Arius as the heretical movement gained momentum.

As might be expected, St. Athanasius pointed to the Fall in Genesis 3 as a cause for a growing corruption in humanity and in the world that God had prepared for his creation. In order for this to be corrected, the Incorruptible One had to enter into what had been corrupted. St. Athanasius writes,

"…it was our sorry case that caused the Word to come down, our transgression that called out His love for us, so that He made haste to help us and to appear among us. It is we who were the cause of His taking human form, and for our salvation that in His great love He was both born and manifested in a human body. For God had made man thus (that is, as an embodied spirit), and had willed that he should remain in incorruption. But men, having turned from the contemplation of God to evil of their own devising, had come inevitably under the law of death. Instead of remaining in the state in which God had created them, they were in process of becoming corrupted entirely, and death had them completely under its dominion. For the transgression of the commandment was making them turn back again according to their nature; and as they had at the beginning come into being out of non-existence, so were they now on the way to returning, through corruption, to non-existence again. The presence and love of the Word had called them into being; inevitably, therefore when they lost the knowledge of God, they lost existence with it; for it is God alone Who exists, evil is non-being, the negation and antithesis of good. By nature, of course, man is mortal, since he was made from nothing; but he bears also the Likeness of Him Who is, and if he preserves that Likeness through constant contemplation, then his nature is deprived of its power and he remains incorrupt." (Accordance location: accord://read/Athanasius#21)

St. Athanasius explains further,

"For this purpose, then, the incorporeal and incorruptible and immaterial Word of God entered our world … This He did that He might turn again to incorruption men who had turned back to corruption, and make them alive through death by the appropriation of His body and by the grace of His resurrection. Thus He would make death to disappear from them as utterly as straw from fire." (Accordance location: accord://read/Athanasius#43)

I would commend St. Athanasius’ On the Incarnation to Accordance users who want to gain a better understanding of why the First Advent took place. By today’s standards, Athanasius may not be an easy read. I would not recommend trying to rush through his thought process, but rather take him in small doses, allowing time for reflection.

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Fortunately, Accordance users have a few options when it comes to Athanasius. First, we have two English translations. I prefer the translation by Penelope Lawson, which is the translation from which I have quoted in the excerpts above, and  available for the  Accordance Library by itself (On the Incarnation of the Word by Athanasius). However, if you want to read Athanasius in the original Greek, a complete morphologically tagged edition is available that is designed to be read in parallel with the Schaff/Wace translation from the fourth volume of Nice and Post Nicene Fathers 2. This bundle includes a number of other works by Anathasius, all with both morphologically-tagged Greek, English translation, and notes (Works of Athanasius: Greek and English). And, speaking of the Schaff/Wace translation, if you read the text in the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers 2, you have the benefit of full descriptive headers for each section.

Although Arius may be no more, elements of Arianism are alive and well in our world today. Therefore, consider equipping yourself with the words of St. Athanasius, who wrote, “…wherever a man turns his gaze he sees the Godhead of the Word and is smitten with awe.”

 

Dec 9, 2016 Richard Mansfield

Make Time for the New Timeline!

In all the excitement over the major new features (Stacks, Papers, upgraded Analytics and more) in Accordance 12, you may have overlooked some of the other improvements such as the completely upgraded Timeline. Accordance users have long benefitted from the unique features of the fully customizable Accordance Timeline such as the ability to narrow the view to display regions, people, events, and books; choose between different chronology and dating schemes; and to customize the Timeline to include individuals and events not already in place.

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With the release of Accordance 12, the Timeline received a major overhaul. The first change longtime users will notice is the completely overhauled design. The Timeline has been updated with a modern look that will not only benefit personal study but will look stunning when using this resource in teaching and preaching settings.

New persons and events have been added to the timeline incorporating information from the time beyond the New Testament. Follow the rise and fall of the Roman Empire as well as exploring events in the early centuries of the church. The limits of the Timeline have been expanded, too. Now the timeline reaches all the way to AD 2500, so prognosticate away if you’re so inclined!

Of course, the perfect companion to the Accordance Timeline is the Bible Times PhotoMuseum 2, released earlier this year (check out David Lang’s recent post, “PhotoMuseum 2: Must-Have Timeline Companion”). Double click on persons or events in the Timeline to open detailed articles offering background and archeological information on subjects. The PhotoMuseum has been expanded and now contains over 1,000 high-res photos—many of which you won’t find in any other collection, anywhere!

If you haven’t purchased the Accordance Timeline or upgraded to the Bible Times PhotoMuseum 2, what are you waiting for? These titles can be purchased individually or at greater value in one of our many Graphics Collections.

 

Apr 18, 2016 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Roger Olson Theology Bundle

Roger E. Olson photo Roger E. Olson, professor of theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas, is here to remind us that there is more to Evangelicalism than a Calvinist interpretation of theology. Olson is known for his even-handed treatment of theological issues, earning the respect of even those whose convictions differ from his. Regardless of whether you claim the title of Arminian or Calvinist—or perhaps neither or something else—you will want to read Olson’s take on some of the most important theological issues in history.


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In his introduction, Olson states that he writes this book for “two kinds of people: (1) those who do not know Arminian theology but want to, and (2) those who think they know about Arminianism but really don’t.” There’s something to be gained in Olson’s work by everyone, regardless of one’s stance on this classic debate.

This work sets forth classical Arminian theology and addresses the myriad misunderstandings and misrepresentations of it through the ages. Olson argues that classical Arminian theology shares deep roots with Reformation theology, even though it maintains important differences from Calvinism.

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If your historical theology classes in seminary were like mine, you spent a good deal of time with the Early Church, the Middle Ages, and the Reformation, but modern theology got short shrift. Fortunately, Roger Olson is here to bring us up to date to the reality that theology never grows stagnant, but constantly keeps moving forward.

In this major revision and expansion of the classic 20th Century Theology (1992), co-authored with Stanley J. Grenz, Roger Olson widens the scope to include a fuller account of modernity, more material on the nineteenth century and an engagement with postmodernity.

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Roger Olson has never been accused of writing “yet another dry theology.” After spending years teaching Christian history and theology using other people’s textbooks, Olson decided that none of them were completely satisfactory and decided to write one himself. This volume is the result of that labor.

Writing with non-specialists in mind, Olson has masterfully sketched out the contours of the Great Tradition of the Christian faith with simplicity while avoiding oversimplification. This work thematically traces the contours of Christian belief down through the ages, revealing a pattern of both unity and diversity.

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Olson Story of Christian Theology The Story of Christian Theology: Twenty Centuries of Tradition and Reform

As diverse as Christian history and theology might seem at first glance, there are common threads that run through it. And when told correctly, these threads make for riveting storytelling. But history and theology are rarely presented as such, which explains why at times it can be difficult to see how one idea directly connects to another.

Roger Olson believes that the history of Christian theology should be told as a story, one replete with thick plots, exciting twists, interesting people, and fascinating ideas. His overview of historical theology covers the story from the cultists and apostolic fathers of the second century up to the twentieth century. Through it all Olson traces a common thread: a concern for salvation – God's redemptive activity in forgiving and transforming sinful human beings.

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These four titles from Roger Olson can be purchased individually or as a bundle. Through April 25, Accordance users can get them at a 25% off introductory discount.

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Mar 23, 2016 David Lang

Webinar: Using the Accordance Timeline

The Accordance Timeline allows you to explore the historical context of a person or event in the Bible. In this webinar, recorded on March 10, 2016, David Lang demonstrates how to navigate the Timeline, customize it to show the information you need, and even add your own timeline items.

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

 

Mar 21, 2016 Richard Mansfield

NEW! Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity

Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity - 3 vols When I was younger, I was obsessed with the newest ideas, the most cutting-edge interpretations of the Bible and understandings of history. However, as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate ancient perspectives. In fact, I’ve come to give them first priority in my studies.

Thus, I’m especially excited to announce the release of The Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity for the Accordance Library. A resource such as this three-volume, comprehensive work on the first eight centuries of the church is perfect for Accordance. Carrying three print volumes of over a thousand pages each can be quite heavy! And yet near instantaneous access to 3,220 articles by 266 contributors from 26 countries, representing a variety of Christian traditions, is easily managed in Accordance 11 or Accordance Mobile.

The Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity covers the first eight centuries of persons, places and ideas in Christian history. First published in 2014 by Intervarsity Press, this work is translated from Nuovo dizionario patristico e di antichita cristiane (2006-2008), produced by the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, the world's foremost center for patristic studies, under the direction of Professor Angelo Di Berardino.

Other highlights:

  • Unparalleled, comprehensive coverage of persons, places and ideas from ancient Christianity
  • A-Z coverage from "Aaron (iconography)" to "Zosimus, pope"
  • Chronological coverage extending from Christian origins to Bede (d. 735) in the West and John of Damascus (d. ca. 749) in the Greek East
  • Detailed emphasis on the first 4 centuries of Christian history
  • Extensive geographical coverage
  • Updates and expands on previous Italian and English-language editions with the addition of more than 500 articles, including 30 articles exclusive to this new English-language edition
  • Extensive cross-referencing for ease in exploring related articles
  • Helpful bibliographies, including primary sources (texts, critical editions, translations) and key secondary sources (books and journal articles)

Besides ease of portability and near-instantaneous access to all 3,220 articles of The Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity, the Accordance edition has the advantage of being meticulously tagged by our developers according to the following categories: Titles, English Content, Scripture, Transliteration, Greek Content, Syriac Content, Bibliography, Contributors and Page Numbers. This kind of detailed analysis allows you to find the exact content you’re looking for both quickly and efficiently.

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Tip: The article writers pay significant attention to iconography and art related to biblical figures and Christian saints. However, as thorough and vast as The Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity is, there are no illustrations (in the print or Accordance versions) to accompany the articles dealing with graphical subjects. Fortunately, now that Accordance users can add images to notes on any title, I found it very easy to add images myself that I quickly found on the internet. In the screenshot above, I was able to find the three images mentioned in the article on Jacob’s Ladder and add them to Accordance User Notes accompanying the article.

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Mar 17, 2016 Richard Mansfield

A Closer Look at St. Patrick of Ireland

St. Patrick 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 exhortations, the worst that happens is an unkind anonymous letter. When the Druids disagreed with Patrick, they often kidnapped him and beat him up. And in spite of having baptized thousands, Patrick’s own church members still questioned his fitness to be a minister at times!

Yes, as demanding as a modern pastor’s life can be, there is much for which to be thankful in comparison with some who have come before us!

Nevertheless, every March 17, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, even though most people know very little about him. We associate green with St. Patrick, and for some odd reason, we like to pinch our friends and family members if they are not wearing this color. And we associate luck with St. Patrick's Day, too; but knowing the little bit about him that I do, I have to think St. Patrick would be mortified at associating luck (a pagan concept) with a day held in his honor. Fortunately, there’s more to St. Patrick than shamrocks (which he supposedly used to teach his parishioners about the Trinity), luck, and the color green.

St. Patrick Although not everything about St. Patrick’s life is verifiable, most agree that he is the most important person in history responsible for the evangelization of Ireland to Christianity from paganism. So, this St. Patrick’s Day, go beyond our modern frivolous festivities to find out a bit more of this ancient Christian’s story of faith. One way to do this is with St. Patrick of Ireland for the Accordance Library.

This special Accordance title we put together consists of four sections: (1) A Biographical Sketch by David Lang; (2) A Biography of St. Patrick, excerpted from History of the Scottish Nation by J. A. Wylie; (3) The Confessions of St. Patrick; and finally, (4) a poem, “The Shield of St. Patrick.”

I was especially struck by a portion of the fourth part of this work that reads,

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me;
Christ to comfort and restore me;
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I believe the above speaks to Patrick’s experience of one who learned to put his hope in his Savior in both good times as well as the kind of extreme circumstances that few of us (thankfully) ever have to experience for ourselves.

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Dec 15, 2015 Accordance Bible Software

NEW! The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible Notes

Reformation Heritage KJV SB w/drop shadow New for the Accordance Library, we are pleased to announce the release of The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible notes from Reformation Heritage Books. This title is unique as it is the only set of Reformation-based study Bible notes geared to the classic King James Version of the Bible, although Accordance users can place it in parallel with any version they choose.

The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible comes with thousands of study notes with integrated cross references, as well as introductions to each section and every book of the Bible. Since it is designed to be read with the classic King James Version of the Bible, explanation of difficult or outdated words are also integrated into the notes.

The heritage of the Protestant Reformation finds focus in an included overview of two millennia of church history as well as the inclusion of ancient creeds, confessions and catechisms—each of which also contain their own introduction. The articles in the notes of this study Bible are perfect for family devotions.

To discover even more about the rich features of The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible, see this video from Reformation Heritage books that extolls the benefits of the original print edition upon which the digital version for the Accordance Library is based.

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May 9, 2014 David Lang

Get Inspired by Godly Men

As a young man in college, trying to figure out how to live out my faith, I began reading the biographies of various preachers, missionaries, and church leaders. As I did, I started to notice some common patterns.

First, these tended to be people with a vision. Jim Elliott had a vision to preach the gospel to people who had never heard it before. John Knox prayed for the reformation of Scotland lest he "die". Eric Liddell was so focused on mission work in China that he walked away from athletic stardom.

Second, they all tended to go through a kind of "wilderness wandering" period. Luther spent a year holed up in Wartburg castle. Knox spent more than a decade in exile from Scotland. David spent years being pursued by Saul. Again and again, these men of vision had to put their dreams on hold while they waited through circumstances that seemed to be against them.

Third, their stories showed me that none of them acted alone. As someone who had cut his teeth on the American ideal of the solitary hero who strides into town at high noon, I expected these "great men" to raise themselves up by their bootstraps and change the world by sheer force of will. Nothing could have been further from the truth. They were often weak, fearful, reactionary, indecisive, unsure of themselves, and in need of rescue or correction by others. This realization was a blow to my impulse toward hero worship, but it helped me to begin seeing God as the real hero of these men's stories.

GodlyMenSpinner I regret to say that in recent years I've neglected this practice of reading the biographies of godly men and women. That's why I'm personally excited to begin digging into the Godly Men series of books which we just released.

The Godly Men series proper is a growing set of thick volumes which explore church history through the lens of the "doctrines of grace." Volume One, Foundations of Grace, looks at each of the biblical authors and examines what they taught with respect to the doctrines of grace. Volume Two, Pillars of Grace, does the same with post-biblical figures such as the apostolic fathers, the apologists, the Medieval scholastics, and the Protestant Reformers. Future volumes will continue this survey into modern times.

In addition to this series, there are also a number of short, focused biographies called Godly Men Profiles. These explore the lives of "godly men" through the lens of a defining characteristic, such as Martin Luther's "Heroic Boldness," John Calvin's "Expository Genius," John Knox's "Mighty Weakness," George Whitefield's "Evangelistic Zeal," Jonathan Edwards' "Unwavering Resolve," Isaac Watts' "Poetic Wonder," and Charles Spurgeon's "Gospel Focus."

All these biographical works are available individually, so be sure to pick up the ones you find most interesting—or get all nine for one low price. You'll be amazed what you can learn from these men's stories.