Jan, when I Googled, I had to open a pdf. file, so maybe that's why you couldn't open it. These rules were for students who were writing doctoral papers. Could that make a difference? Common Writing Errors of D.Min. Students
Below you will see multiple errors that we commonly see in written work. If you are a new student, please note these errors when they occur in your papers and work to correct them in future submissions. If you are a returning student, you will probably recognize that we have raised the bar when grading papers with these errors. These errors are unacceptable in doctoral writing and especially within the final written project; thus, we want you to learn to correct them now.
14. Using a “naked this”; e.g., “This is a good idea” should read, “This idea is a good one.”
Always follow “this” with a noun.
By the way, is Scripture always capitalized?
Ahhhh. The light dawneth.
This is for very formal writing, for a doctoral thesis, and is perhaps just this particular professor's preference (or that of his department). In everyday speech and writing, it's perfectly proper to follow "This" with "is" or "was" or any number of non-noun words.
As for "Scripture" being capitalized, that's a bit of a gray area. If you're writing for a Christian publication or institution, you'll definitely want to check with their usage guidelines. Generally, when it's "Scriptures" as a synonym for "Bible," it's capitalized. Even singular, when it conveys the same meaning as "Bible," it would be capitalized.
I love to talk about Scripture with my friends.
However, when it has a more general meaning, it would be in lower case:
Many faiths have scriptures that contain the writings of their founders. OR
The cooking tips of Julia Child were like scripture to the cooking students.
By the way--one of the most common errors in the Writing Challenge is writing "Bible" in lower case. It is always upper case, except in sentences like this one:
The French Chef was the cooking students' bible.
However, the adjective "biblical" is not capitalized.