How to Use Accordance to Write Sermons

Accordance Live Online Training


Accordance Bible Software has just posted the video recording of a recent webinar I taught, Sermon Preparation in Action with Accordance. Here‘s the one-page handout so you can see what I cover in the just-over one hour presentation. Live webinars are coming up, and include a Q and A time not shown in the video below. (The next one is May 21–sign up or learn more here.)

Here’s the video, with Accordance’s description below. (If you’re reading this blog post via email, you may need to go to the original post to watch the video.)



In this previously recorded webinar, pastor Abram Kielsmeier-Jones demonstrates how he uses Accordance for sermon preparation. Anyone who preaches or teaches the Bible regularly will benefit from watching Abram’s presentation. Originally recorded on April 27, 2015.


Accordance has quite a few other online trainings coming up. Check them all out.

Free Online Accordance Webinar I’m Teaching Thursday

Accordance Live Online Training


On Thursday I’ll be presenting an online training Webinar for Accordance Bible SoftwareSetting Up Workspaces.

The webinar is free, and you can register here. It begins at 2:00 p.m. EST and goes until 3:00.

Here is what I’ll cover:

1. Terminology: Panes, Tabs, Zones, Workspaces


2. Setting Up a Simple Workspace: Bible, Commentary, User Notes


3. Setting Up a More Robust Workspace: Multiple Bible Texts, Multiple Commentaries, and Tools


4. Creating Different Workspaces for Different Tasks


5. Multiplying the Power of Workspaces: Sessions


6. Additional Q and A

Accordance has quite a few other free online trainings coming up, too. Check them all out.

Sermon Preparation in Action: Online Webinar by Abram K-J

Accordance Live Online Training


I’ll be presenting an online training webinar–Sermon Preparation in Action–twice for Accordance Bible Software in the coming weeks.

The webinar is free, and you can register here. The one-page outline of what I’ll cover is here.

The first session is this coming Monday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m. EST. Those registrations are almost full, so you can also register for the second session (the content is the same) on Monday, March 23 at the same link.

Accordance has quite a few other online trainings coming up. Check them all out.

Free Demo Version of Accordance 11 is Now Available

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It’s Apptastic Tuesday here at Words on the Word, and there are few apps that are more AppTastic than Accordance Bible Software.

Today they’ve announced that there is a free demo version of Accordance 11 available. I can’t recommend their software highly enough. See my full review of Accordance 11 if you want to learn more, or just go here to check out the free demo and see what you think.

And the Winners of the UBS5 Greek NT Are….

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There were more than 50 entries into the UBS5 Greek New Testament giveaway. (Click here to read more about that new edition of the GNT.)

Using a random number generator, the two winners are:

  • spencerclark2013 (see here)
  • thanksgutenberg (see here)

Congratulations! I’ll get in touch with both of you via email in order to get the Bible shipped out to you.

And check back here, too, or subscribe to the blog at the right of the top of the page. Just as I reviewed the impressive LXX-NA28 combo, I will soon be reviewing the UBS5 Greek New Testament.

Win a Free Copy of the New UBS5 Greek New Testament with Dictionary

By now many of you Words on the Word readers will have heard that the UBS edition of the Greek New Testament has recently been published in its fifth revised edition, the UBS5. See here for more.

Check out this smart graphic from Hendrickson Publishers announcing the edition (academia needs more good infographics):
UBS5 Infographic

Just as I reviewed the amazing LXX-NA28 combo, I will soon be reviewing the UBS5 Greek New Testament.

While I work my way through it, with just about a minute of your time and a few clicks, you can enter to win your own copy of the UBS5, thanks to the great people at Hendrickson Publishers.

You Can Earn Up to 8 Entries: Here’s How

Simply comment on this blog post with a short sentence on what interests you in the Greek New Testament. That will give you one entry.

If you share on Facebook and/or Twitter, and then come back and post the link to your share in the comments, you get two additional entries.

If you want to earn five additional entries, you can record a (however lo-fi) video of yourself answering the questions: Why does Bible translation matter? and: What does translating the Bible mean to you personally?

To receive those five additional entries, post the url to your video (whether you’ve uploaded to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, etc.) in the comments. Then others can see your video, too.

I’ll select two winners using a random number generator.

If you don’t want to wait for the results of the giveaway, you can find the UBS5 on sale at Amazon here (affiliate link) or through Hendrickson here.

A Bit of Fine Print

The giveaway is open through Sunday, September 7, 11:59 p.m. EDT. On Monday I’ll notify the winner and post about it both here and in the comments below. Then Hendrickson will mail you your UBS5 GNT! (Note: Only domestic/U.S. shipping addresses are eligible for this contest, with apologies to the rest of the world!)

Make sure in when you leave a comment that you include your email address—I can use that to contact you, and the email address isn’t public.

Happy entering, and the folks at Hendrickson and I look forward to seeing your videos. Drop me a line if you have any questions.