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New Module - Walther’s Law and Gospel

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Tomorrow (10/25/2011) marks the 200th birthday of C.F.W. Walther. If you’re knowledgeable of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, you will likely know who Walther is, but if you aren’t I’m sure you have no idea who he is. That’s okay. He’s probably not going to be nearly exciting as Martin Luther, but there is now a movie produced that covers his life. Fortunately the actor cast to play him in the movie is a bit easier on the eyes than Walther himself, but that just goes to show you that we don’t judge our theologians by their looks, only by their books.

The work known as The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel is a series of lectures that Walther gave during his time as a professor at Concordia Seminary. Through the series he introduces a set of theses regarding the proper distinction of Law and Gospel, particularly as it relates to the pastoral ministry, and explicates them. This is how theology used to be done, you know, before blogging and such. This work was put together based on notes from his students who attended the lectures.

This release still has a few errors here and there in tagging and such, but since I’ve been sitting on these files for a while and haven’t got around to fixing them, I thought that the occasion of Walther’s birthday was one that shouldn’t be passed up. Note that this is an older (public domain) translation. If you’re really into Walther, you’ll probably want to check out the revised and re-translated version here.

Special thanks go to Chris Sansom for his work in cleaning up these files from their original state and preparing them for Bible verse tagging.


In order to get modules to work, be sure to do the following:
Step 1. Download the file as found on this page.
Step 2. Unzip the file into your databases subfolder of BibleWorks
Step 3. Right click on the CHM file (it’ll look like all other HTML help icons), go to Properties and make sure the box for Block is unchecked. (If you’re using Windows 7, the Properties box will be a bit different. Press the button that says Unblock. (see Jim West’s blog).
Step 4. Start up BibleWorks and the module is available either through the Menu system (under Resources) or in the Analysis tabs.

New Module - Luther’s Church Postil

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Spawned by the quarter-break at classes, I decided to busy myself by putting together a module that I thought would be appreciated by a lot of people out there at this time of year, a compendium of Martin Luther’s Church Postil. This particular set is quite old and is found on numerous sites online, but the site from which I drew upon is here.

As is written there, “The following sermons of Martin Luther are taken from The Sermons of Martin Luther, published by Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI), 1983. This 8 volume set was itself a reprint of John Nicholas Lenker translation of Luther’s Church Postil. Lenker’s edition originally appeared in 1905 - as “The Precious and Sacred Writings of Martin Luther,” volumes 1-14, published by Lutherans in all Lands. These sermons were scanned and edited by The Dr. Richard Bucher and are in the public domain.”

This collection includes 117 of Luther’s Sermons from the Church Year. It is a great treasure of Luther’s thought and may be especially helpful to pastors as they work through the lectionary.

This is a quick release. I’m looking into tagging the text so that Bible verses show pop ups but that will be the task for many other days.

DOWNLOAD! - unzip to \databases\ subdirectory of BibleWorks and will show up upon re-start of BibleWorks under menu item “Resources: Lutheran Resources: Luther, Martin - Church Postil”

BibleWorks 8 Tutorial

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

I noticed that there is a nice wiki on BibleWorks 8 available via Luther Seminary. Although it’s possible to learn all of these tips from reading the help within BibleWorks, sometimes it’s helpful to see it explained in a different format or in a different way.

So check out the BibleWorks wiki.

(Luther Seminary is an ELCA affiliated Seminary in Minnesota. It belongs to the same denomination as the Gettysburg Seminary, where Mark Hoffman teaches. From my knowledge of Mark’s teaching and by glancing at Mary Hinkle Shore’s syllabi (who appears to also be the one who is responsible for the wiki), it looks like both seminaries teach using Clayton Croy’s textbook and stress the use of Bible software tools like BibleWorks for learning/using Greek. Why is this important? It’s not really, I just found it interesting to know how Greek is being taught in some of the seminaries.)

Book of Concord (Module Update)

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Okay, so this one isn’t fully polished, but I did want to do something big for the release of BibleWorks 8 and since I don’t have anything else close enough to being ready, this will have to suffice. (**Note this file will work in BW7 as well).

A few years ago I released a Book of Concord HTML module for BibleWorks, which was based on public domain text available. Well since that time, more material has been made available making an update quite necessary. To give you an idea of how major of an update this is, the old zip file was approx. 1.3 MB, the new one is 3.8 MB big. So what’s new?

  1. German text of the entire Book of Concord
  2. An alternate English translation of the Augsburg Confession
  3. Materials considered “source and context” text, things like the 95 Theses, Heidelberg Disputation, the Saxon Visitation articles, etc.
  4. Text from Bente’s Historical Introductions to the Lutheran Confessions and more.

I expect there to be a few bad links here or there of the new material, since I did this in haste, so let me know. Also, I expect sometime in the future (though when God only knows) to add BW refs to the additional material as well, but I don’t see this in the immediate future. Nevertheless, I assumed that people might receive benefit of the text the way it is, so I decided to release it. Enjoy!

DOWNLOAD ~ Unzip files to the subfolder “databases” in BibleWorks. If you have previously downloaded the Book of Concord Module, these files will overwrite your old ones.

New Module - Reformation Confessions

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Now available a module which includes various Reformation related confessions including:

  • Luther’s 95 Theses
  • Augsburg Confession of 1530
  • Heidelberg Confession
  • The Canons of Dort
  • Westminster Confession of Faith
  • Waldensian Confession
  • Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy


New Module - Book of Concord (Bente, Triglotta ed.)

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

More fun for Lutherans out there. I finally finished cleaning up an edition of Bente’s Book of Concord, a public domain text which is available at the Book of Concord website. Of course this edition is spruced up a little bit more, with the most useful part for BibleWorks users being the fact that the Book of Concord Scripture references will now link up in BibleWorks in the Resource Summary Window.

There are a few spotty places where the links don’t work completely (a large number of them come at the end of the Small Catechism), because the links are for entire chapters rather than specific verses. I may get these cleaned up in the future, but it’s not a really high priority on my list right now because of other things I have going. The files are certainly available for others to edit, correct and tweak.

If there is anyone ambitious enough to make more Concord-related files out there available, let me know. I’m currently working on a lectionary commentary project, but if anyone knows if there would be any copyright issues with making a module out of Bul’s Notes, let me know. I’d love to add that to the bunch.


New Module - Kretzmann’s Popular Commentary

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

While this may be of more excitement to Lutherans out there, it still is a major addition for all BibleWorks users. I have finally completed the finishing touches on Paul Kretzmann’s famous Popular Commentary series so that it now works in and with BibleWorks in the Resource Summary window or stand-alone as an HTML Help file.

The text is all from the Kretzmann Project and my thanks go to them for making this resource available to online users.

This compilation is available as per their provisions: We do claim the copyright on the electronic edition, but only to assure that it is not tampered with. We give full permission to replicate and distribute the text in any form whatsoever, printed or electronic, so long as the content itself is not altered, other than to correct scanning errors, fix formatting, change fonts, etc.

No content has been altered except what was necessary to adapt it for use in HTML Help and BibleWorks.


Any Lutheran help out there?

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

I am working on a couple of HTML Help projects for BibleWorks 7. One of those is the English edition of the Book of Concord (Triglotta) by Bente. If there are any people out there who care to help edit this project (which basically amounts to fixing Scriptural links), please let me know. Or if you want to help in the future with any other projects like this let me know via the comments.

Right now the Book of Concord module is completely done, it’s just going through quality control, so stay tuned for more information. (By the way, you don’t have to be a Lutheran to help, I just figured Lutherans would be the ones most interested.)