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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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The Introductory pricing listed above is good through April 25, 2016 (11:59pm EDT) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.


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.



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.