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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.

Accordance 8.2.3 Upgrade

Accordance point releases prove to be a great value for registered users, as they are always free and include nice enhancements (apart from fixing bugs). The latest upgrade is out, and here is the official list of enhancements:

Scripture References in Instant Details

  • When the cursor is over a multi-verse reference in a Tool or User Notes window, the Instant Details box now displays up to 8 verses of the text.

Spaces Between Book Names and Numbers

  • When entering verse references it is no longer necessary to avoid entering a space between a book number and name, so that 2 Kings is now acceptable anywhere in a list of references. However, now you must add a comma or semi-colon after the last number of the previous reference so that it is not interpreted as a book number. Thus Gen 1:1; Ex 1:1 must be used rather than Gen 1:1 Ex 1:1.
  • Copy as Citation and Copy as References now automatically add a space between a book number and name, so that 2Kings becomes 2 Kings. This is separate from the setting of Use SBL Standard notation in Preferences/Appearance.

Other Text Export Enhancements

  • Accordance now converts to the the correct Unicode characters when exporting NA27 apparatus sigla. Slight changes were also made in the “stripping” of characters in Greek and Syriac.

Reference List Window

  • Control-command-R adds the selected verse(s) to the top item in the Add Selection To submenu, making it easier to add verses to a Reference List. The limit of verses has been raised from 1000 to 10,000.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Command-+ and Command- – now resize the text in the Analysis, Concordance, Table, Parsing, and Text Differences windows, as they already did in the main windows.
  • Control-0 changes the current search text to the tenth item in the pop-up menu.

Version 8.2.3 can be downloaded here.

e-Sword 9 Release

Version 9 of the popular freeware program e-Sword is now available. This is a major new release, that includes a completely different database format for the different resources. This means that it is not backward compatible, and cannot be installed on the same hard disk drive with previous versions of the program.

At the bottom of the Extras section there is a conversion utility that can be used to update earlier user-created modules to the new version 9 format.

This is the official list of new features:

The Bible Search feature now allows the ability to perform case-sensitive searches.

The multi-row tabs are now locked in place, so no more moving targets!

A new Bible book browser has been implemented and is no longer docked to the side of the program. Press the F2 key to display the Lookup Scripture Reference dialog next to the mouse pointer wherever it is located, or access it from the main toolbar with the button next to the “Lookup” combobox.

Study Notes can be made on any verse in the Bible, now including the Orthodox Apocrypha and the Catholic Deuterocanon.

You can now Export the Study Notes and Topic Notes in HTML, Word DOC and Adobe PDF file formats, in addition to the previous plain text and Rich Text formats.

You can now Import both HTML and Word DOC files directly into the Study Notes and Topic Notes.

The Print Preview feature has been updated, and now all printing is performed through it.

Highlighting custom colors are now saved for use between sessions.

Localization of the e-Sword user interface continues with the implementation of fully Unicode compliant controls.