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How To: The Scripturizer for Dummies

A week or two ago, I had a friendly back-n-forth with Ted Olsen at Christianity Today over what’s “worthwhile” on the blogosphere. My perception is that what is trash to one reader, is treasure to another. That the beauty of the blogosphere, especially the Christian blogosphere, is that it represents the many varied and talented parts of the Body.

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good … The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.” – 1 Cor. 12:4-7,12

Case in point: Rob Hulson’s blog

While this blog may not be worthwhile to the overall CT demographic, yesterday’s post is certainly useful to those of us who are Christian, and blog … and/or run church websites. Especially those of us who like to hyperlink our Scripture references to online Bibles.

This is why I wrote the Scripturizer module and MT-plug-in. And seeing a need for documentation, this is why Rob so generously offers us ‘How To: The Scripturizer for Dummies‘.

So instead of one member of the Body tearing the other down, we sharpen each other as ‘iron sharpens iron’. In fact Rob along with a few others, have offered suggestions to improve and or fix Scripturizer. Changes that are needed. Changes I need to get make time for and publish. Changes I’m now inspired to make because of such good works like those of Rob!

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.” – Proverbs 25:11-12

Thank you.

Now go read his post, then come back after this weekend and bug me if I haven’t improved the Scripturizer based on your loving and constructive criticisms.


  1. Heya, Dean. Glad you find the tutorial useful.

    Werner’s mentioned the abbreviations and whatnot, and Joseph Markey mentioned the problem with parentheses. His fix, however, puts a space after the open parenthesis, like ( Psalm 34:3), and I’m not savvy enough in perl to know how to solve that.

    So I do have a request, to add or repeat what you’ve been told.

    Ampersand Validation – The link right now is outputted with a “&version” and “&passage,” and it doesn’t validate. If you could somehow output it as “&version” and “&passage,” this would make my site validate again. I tried that already by going to the script source, but it freaked out on me for some reason. I’m a stickler for validation. :o)

  2. I’m not clear on what my fix isn’t doing. I may be missing something but it is in use here (see John 3:16) and seems to be working. I’m confused.

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  5. Joseph, I made the mistake of not logging out completely before rebuilding the website. In fact, I used the fix, logged out, quit my browser, then logged back in and rebuilt. Problem solved. Site validates, and the parentheses works. :o) This also fixed the “freaking out” of my site that I mentioned above.

  6. Thanks for the cool tool! Now if only it could actually EXTRACT the text from biblegateway and put it into the tool tip text… when the cursor hovers over the link, the canonical text displays…

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  7. Need clarification on the comments above please…
    To make the page validate because of the & in the version and passage options of the link, I should replace the “&” with “&” entity, correct? Where? In scripturizer.php ? Please validate if this will fix the validation issue 😉

  8. One question. My templatees for Movable Type 3.2 don’t seem to have . Any idea how I get Scripturizer to process the extended entries?