Free John Piper’s Sermons

Olive Tree offers a free collection of over 1200 of John Piper’s sermons (made available through Desiring God). The collection, available for any of the many different platforms supported by the company, can be downloaded here, and once installed on the device it can be searched quite easily using the Table of Contents. Note also that sermons can be browsed by title, topic, occasion, sermon series, scripture reference, or date.


SwordSearcher 5.5 Upgrade

Version 5.5 has just been released. Apart from some new content (available only on the CD-ROM), there are number of enhancements and bug fixes. Here are the main ones:

  • Added “Context Preview” for verse link pop-up text. It’s now faster than ever to quickly examine the context of a linked verse.
  • Added improved support for custom Bible search ranges in Search Bible dialog.
  • Optimizations to user module updates, significantly improving the save-time when changes to a user-edited module are saved.
  • Improvements to Verse Guide panel: Added Compare Column toggle button to Bible and Verse List panels. Right-click to change compare text selection.
  • Added “Results Panel List” to View menu for alternate access to multiple search result panels.
  • Added Select Module Tool items to resource tab right-click menus for convenience.
  • Quick Bible Search now behaves as the Go To Verse box in the event a verse reference is entered.
  • Improved responsiveness of Full Library Search progress window.
  • Verse Export Formatting (Search menu) now supports formatted text (such as bold for verse tags). Some changes to Verse Export Formatting options.
  • Verse link detection for User Editor improvements.

Accordance Podcasts

Accordance Bible Software is making available free podcasts from the iTunes Store. If you have iTunes installed on your computer, you can search for “Lighting the Lamp” and download the episode you want or subscribe to future podcasts. Alternatively, you can go directly to the podcast by clicking this link.

These podcasts will revisit the topics covered in the former webinars and add many more subjects in due course.

The different episodes are an excellent way to become acquainted with the many features offered by this sofware, and suitable for both current and potential users.

Update (June 26): Those with no access to iTunes can download the podcasts here.


NeXt Bible Learning Environment

I already mentioned the NeXt Bible Learning Environment when the project was in its early stages. Now I think it’s time to do it once more. If you need a fast, free, feature-filled online Bible study tool, I recommend you visit this site and start seeing for yourself. Help (including a number of screencasts — slightly outdated but useful nonetheless) is available here.

The search facilities (don’t miss the Advanced Search dialog!) and the Study Map System are well worth noting, as are the numerous and nicely integrated study helps available. So, if you are surfing the net and want to use an online Bible software program, check this one out.