Monday, October 30, 2017

Progress Report - The Sermons of Martin Luther

 Norma A. Boeckler designed the cover
and illustrations for Volume IV.  She had an author's
day at the Midland Dow Library in Michigan.
Her latest book is Those Days on the Farm.

Norma A. Boeckler's extensive list of books and illustrated books is listed here by Amazon.

Progress, The Sermons of Luther -
Volume IV is being prepared for Amazon print and Kindle e-book publication by Janie Sullivan.

Volume V is edited for typos and being finished for Janie Sullivan and for artwork by Norma A. Boeckler.

Volume VI is being read for typos, glitches, and other barriers to good reading.

The last two sermon volumes and The Gems of Luther's Sermons will be finished very early in 2018.

Future Plans
God willing, as always, publishing plans include the two Catechisms and Galatians.

New titles being planned include -

  1. An Ichabod Lutheran Dictionary
  2. The Gospel of John - A Brief Commentary, and 
  3. Calvinism Ruined the Protestant Church.



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Giving Away Books and Roses

Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant is apparently
the only book of its kind,
comparing three major confessions of faith.



I drove to headquarters to have a meeting with the supervisor of the area I teach - very basic English. I brought along - for show and tell - one volume of The Sermons of Martin Luther. This very kind lady is Roman Catholic, which set off a discussion about Luther versus the Church of Rome. However, the discussion changed when I mentioned how I wrote Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant - primarily so married couples who were Catholic/Lutheran would understand each other's background.

Once again, I repeated my observation that I did not know what priests and pastors were saying to accomplish this, but - "Catholics cannot wait to marry Lutherans and vice versa." She laughed and said, "Like my uncle."

Then she said, "That book. That is the book I want." So I am sending two copies. Maybe three. Books last and they get shared, too.

That is how all my publishing efforts work. I give away books and everything else written, by blogging and Ustreaming. When people want a quantity of books, I sell them at the author's cost. My supervisor could not believe a huge book like The Sermons of Martin Luther could be printed for such a low cost. Yes, publishers think they are minting money, which is why they want new hymnals all the time.

 Veterans Honor is the perfect red rose -
if only the stems were stronger.


Free Roses
Everyone is delighted with roses. I have taken bunches various places, only to see the staff divide them up and take individual ones for their own desks. That prompted two doctors to talk about God's Creation. As one said to me, "And I mean six-day Creation, too." I said, "But of course. Creation by the Word of God. John 1:3." He went to seminary, so he knew what I was saying.

My class last night requested a bunch for the fragrance of the petals. One is planning roses for her engagement and marriage, and she was saving dried petals for the lingering perfume. I began growing roses at the time growers were being challenged to focus more on fragrance. Now there are few with little or no fragrance, many with enough to fill the room.

One student wanted to pay me for roses, and I said "No, I give them away, no matter how many." That works out well. Nothing else promotes a feeling of well being so efficaciously and quickly. One of the four Esses brought over two of my vases. "Mom finally took out the last rose." Our grizzled veteran takes roses to his mother's grave, so he often gets them as well. When he calls my yard a jungle, I ask him how many roses he has.

 Easy Does It turns into various orange colors,
more productive than any other rose I have grown.


Roses start conversations in the neighborhood. Every single person is astonished that roses thrive without toxic chemicals. "I just follow the principles of Creation."

Rose season for 2018 has just begun. I will finish installing the collars around them for winter protection. I am already pacing off positions for the most productive new roses. My list includes -

  • Easy Does It
  • Mr. Lincoln
  • A strong, white rose - one that is good in a vase.

 The white John Paul II is photogenic
and looks great initially when cut,
but does not last in the vase.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Progress Report - The Sermons of Martin Luther

 Gregory L. Jackson books on Amazon.

Volume III is virtually complete.

I began working on Volume IV today and did 100 pages - with excellent help from our volunteer editors.

Volume V will complete the Gospel series, with three more on the Epistles.

The final volume, which I expect to be slimmer and smaller in size, with a full color interior, will be the Gems from Luther's Sermons. We are accumulating them to use as a sampler, to kelm a term from WELS, easily passed along and shared with others.



Norma A. Boeckler books on Amazon.
 When you click on this link and review a book,
another cherub earns his wings.



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Sermons of Martin Luther, Volume II, Published



The full color edition of The Sermons of Martin Luther, Volume II, is now published.

The Kindle e-book version of The Sermons of Martin Luther, Volume II,  is also available, and naturally, it is full color too.

The no-excuses edition of Luther's Sermons, Volume II, black and white interior, is also in print now.

The author's price is much less than the retail, especially in the full-color version. I used the retail links because clicking on them will increase visibility on the Internet. Everyone has a book about Luther this year, but clearly, few are reading his sermons. The professors are the worst in this category.

Posting a review will greatly increase the results of Google searches. Some are doing posting their reviews.

So will clicking on my Amazon Author's Page.

I will sending out copies of Volume II now. I was waiting for the black and white one to finish - another glitch - but settled. When all the print titles are done, the full color versions will be named

  • The Sermons of Martin Luther on Amazon.

and the black and white student economy editions will be named

  • Luther's Sermons on Amazon.





Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Norma Boeckler's New Book - Those Days on the Farm

Those Days on the Farm


Those Days on the Farm - Norma A. Boeckler - Print Version

Those Days on the Farm - Norma A. Boeckler - Kindle e-Book

 Norma A. Boeckler is our artist-in-residence
at Bethany Lutheran Church.

This is her art website.

A number of people have asked me, "How do you know Norma Boeckler?" That happened again in Perryville, Missouri, when the LCMS pastor asked that question. She is a member of our congregation and lives in Midland, Michigan, where we also lived for six years. However, we did not know her at that time.

Various events among Lutherans led a number of us to form an independent Lutheran congregation. Norma is not only our member, but also our artist-in-residence, designing the covers and interiors of our books, providing an endless number of Scripture illustrations for those books, the classes I teach, and her Facebook audience.

My wife Christina thought I was a city guy until I suddenly identified the inner farmer in me, during our years in Midland, 1982-1987, devoured the organic gardening books at Grace Dow Library, and began writing about the subject.

 This is Norma Boeckler's garden in Midland, Michigan.
Her Amazon page is here.

Books about growing up on a farm fascinate me, and they should interest everyone, because America was once mostly rural. I encouraged Norma to carry out her intention to write this - and soon it was done.

Those Days on the Farm is a portrait of family farming. I considered a stay at the farm of my Uncle Howard Noel and Aunt Grace quite a treat when I was growing up. The memories - and farm equipment - in this book are familiar to me and stir up  many happy memories.

Another treat in this book is not only the past but the present of the farm. Norma's sister took over the farm and transformed it in various ways, so the past has merged into the present.

The first story tells how Norma did not like milking, so her sister got to do that work. Norma stayed in to do the kitchen work, so one day her sister Marian kept ordering pancake after pancake, to get even. They still laugh about that episode.

Some memories are not pleasant. The barn burned down and Norma watched the tragedy unfold from a block away, while she was at school. A greater sadness is the loss of her mother when Norma was only one year old. From that loss came a lot of time spent drawing and the unfolding of many different creative talents.

Norma's father worked at Dow Chemical, headquartered in Midland, Michigan, and the family farm at the same time. Many with small farms did the same, keeping a non-farm job to produce cash year-around. That meant everyone had work to do, but the children growing up this way learned many skills, developed a can-do attitude, and still had time to play in idyllic surroundings.

The loss of practical knowledge about God's Creation is obvious everywhere. I bought two Salvia plants for for their appeal to bees. There were on clearance at Walmart because the poor things were almost dead. I told the cashier, "I will revive them in rainwater." Cashier, "Rainwater, as in water than fell as rain? How do you do that?" I told her, "Buckets catch the rain from the roof and I use that to revive plants and strengthen special plants." Cashier - "How does that work?" I explained, "The rain contains natural fertilizer and no bleach." She said, "Bleach?" I went on to say, "Yes, they use chlorine gas to purify tap water, but rain water is free of that and works better. Tap water is OK, but rain is the best." Cashier - "And you think that will work?"

One Midland farmer told me, "I pity the children who never grew up on a farm. There are countless lessons no one could ever teach them in school."

That is why Norma Boeckler is an artist of God's Creation. She grew up surrounded by the beauty and realities of the farm, and that became the foundation for all her work.

One of my jobs on the farm was watching the cows graze in a field without a fence several days a week. As a budding artist, I saw many interesting wild flowers and trees in the field that I could spend time drawing. Putting my imagination to work, I created pictures, using old pieces of slab wood left behind from the old saw mill. They worked perfectly as a drawing board. And I used old rotted stump pieces that had turned to chalk for drawing.

Boeckler, Norma. Those Days on the Farm (p. 3). Kindle Edition.

Most people will smile warmly as they read this book. Most of us drawing some kind of retirement had far more experience outdoors than the kids today. One neighbor shook her head in wonder at me when I walked our dog Sassy on a cold, snowing, icy day. Living in Arkansas means hiding inside until the snow melts.

Children stay indoors when it is too cold and also when it is too hot. I know the weather is perfect when children are playing outdoors. But that obscures the changes caused by the weather and lessons learned from the definite signs and warnings of Creation.

Explanations - Like the Separator

The separator machine, was a needed item on the farm that I learned how to use. It had a large metal bowl and two separate spouts, the milk would be poured into the separator bowl, and the handle had to be turned for a long time, until finally, the cream would separate from the milk and come out its spout into a cream can and the skim milk came out the other spout into another can. They call that centrifugal force.

Boeckler, Norma. Those Days on the Farm (p. 4). Kindle Edition.

I remember Aunt Grace showing me the separator on their farm. She was amused that I thought she was giving me cream on my cereal. That was whole milk! My mother loved whipped cream but she thought skim milk was better for us children. Aunt Grace learned how much I loved cream, so I  had cream on my cereal every day after that. Grace was correctly named, because she smiled all the time, patient and understanding with her city-slicker visitor.

Norma has combines her memories of the separator with its origin and the general work involving the dairy cattle. They even had a butter churn to turn the cream into butter. Photographs make the book even more interesting.



The Farm Continues
One of the best parts of the book is the continuing story of that farm, since Norma's older sister Marian bought the farm and worked it with her husband until he passed away. Now the farm itself is rented out and the new home is remodeled for current needs. The original farmhouse burned down from an electrical problem.

Valuable History
This personal history will always be valuable to Midland historians and Norma's extended family. Most of us do not have that much information about where our parents worked and grew up.

Norma's early adult life is also interesting. She met Walter Boeckler, a scientist at Dow Chemical. Together they built the home she lives in now. Walter and Norma supported Lutheran congregations in the area and generously helped the start of independent congregations.

Norma has been invaluable with all of my Amazon books, and she has a list of her own here.

Those Days on the Farm will make a wonderful gift for family and friends at Christmas. Anyone who enjoys farm nostalgia will appreciate the memories and feel the paradoxical joy and sadness of reliving those days.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Sermons of Martin Luther

There was a glitch in publishing the print versions -
I will be sending the full color version to supporters. 

The glitch was resolved yesterday.
Norma Boeckler illustrated the interior
and designed the cover.


Volume 1 is now on Amazon. There are three versions:

Full color interior - The Sermons of Martin Luther, Volume 1 - $61.63 retail.

Black and white interior - Luther's Sermons, Student Economy Edition - $12.33 retail.

The Kindle e-book - The Sermons of Martin Luther, Lenker Edition - $7.99.

Author's Prices - Order Here
Now for the good news on printed books, since we are doing this to promote Luther's sermons, not to make money. I put a $1 profit on each printed book to help keep track of sales.

Full color version - $24.65.

Black and white    - $4.93.

The Kindle e-book version is the same price, and I will buy the Kindle versions myself, which are full color, naturally. They are best for research, searching, and quoting, since the citations are included with the copy and paste.

When we are done, someone can have all the sermons (8 volumes) for only $40 total! - plus shipping.

The Gospel sermons will be done first (volumes 1-4) and only cost $20 total! - plus shipping. Anyone who knows the Gospel sermons alone has quite a Biblical and theological education.

Probably most students will want the Kindle version, because it is portable and available on on devices. I ended up doing full color and the black and white because we wanted Norma Boeckler's art in full color, but also desired a price advantage over other public domain versions.

My geezer eyes prefer larger print, so I worked with our finishing editor Janie Sullivan on that.

 We just completed our trip to the Holy Land:
Perryville, Frohna, and Altenburg in Missouri.
Pastor Handrick photographed us in his office -
The Ichabods, Anita Engelman, and her son (our VP) Zach Engelman.
Moliner extraordinaire and Mayor Emeritus of Perryville,
Debbie Mitchell Gahan is behind us.



Friday, May 12, 2017

Rest in Peace, Donna Preus, Widow of Dr. Robert Preus

Governor Preus and his wife posed with
sons Jack and Robert, at the cabin on Gunflint Lake.

We had supper with Robert and Donna Preus at the Sanford, Michigan congregation where their son Peter was installed.



Obituary for Donna Mae Preus
Preus, Donna Mae, age 91, of Wayzata. Preceded in death by her husband, Robert and son, Klemet. Survived by children, Daniel (Linda), Katherine (Steven) Briel, Rolf (Dorothy), Peter (Julie), Solveig (John) Fiene, Christian (Cindy), Karren (Michael) Perkins, Ruth (Stephen) Saunders, Erik (Jody); daughter-in-law, Janet Preus; 51 grandchildren; 75 great grandchildren. Funeral service 11AM, Monday, May 15, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 9141 County Road 101, Corcoran. Interment St. John’s Cemetery. Visitation 4-6PM Sunday and one hour prior to service on Monday at the CHURCH.



Opposition to My Books Is Scriptural

 Creation Gardening teaches the relationship between
toxin-free methods, Genesis 1, and John 1 -
"All things were made through Him."

Every so often, the shun button is suspended for a few moments. I was mildly surprised to find the May 15, 2017 Christian News  featuring the covers of the latest two books, quoting some of the introductory material.

When the first edition of Thy Strong Word was published in 2000, Otten refused to publish any positive reviews of the book. Nevertheless, one of our members, from the Jackson area, was attracted to our congregation because of the mention of TSW in Christian News.

I was talking to our congregation's attorney yesterday. He got me interested in teaching New Testament Greek over the Internet, and a class quickly formed. He wanted extra copies of Thy Strong Word and Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant. A WELS pastor recommended Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant to him, and that led to Thy Strong Word being read. He said, "I could not put Thy Strong Word down."

The synods have neglected basic Biblical doctrine for so long that people are starved for the training denied them in college, seminary, and the congregation.



That is the thesis of The Lost Dutchman's Goldmine. Luther's doctrine has been forcibly ejected by the Lutherans, notably by the synodical leaders who endlessly honk, bray, squawk, and cackle their Universal Absolution and Salvation without Faith (OJ - UOJ). The ELS and WELS, LCMS, ELCA, and CLC (sic) are completely in harmony - concordia - with each other. When they say "grace," they mean Universal Forgiveness and Salvation. Some clergy and most laity disagree - if they are told the truth about their official positions.

Stephan-Walther trump the Bible and the Book of Concord. The Kokomo Statements only define the Scriptures, because WELS has no use for the Confessions. They do have around 60 essays in their beloved Essays file, praising their beloved UOJ dogma, some of them written by atheists who were once WELS clergy.

Christian News consistently trumpets the ELCA-ELS-WELS-LCMS Kokomo Statements.

I enjoy the opposition, because hatred, enmity, and shunning must accompany the Gospel. Even when Christian News tries to appear pleasant, the barbs necessarily appear.

Both of my books are described in CN as "manufactured by Amazon," a peculiar term to use. Christian News is manufactured by a local printer. Christian News is a vanity publication that the Otten family sells to the public. They have $500,000 in assets, according to public documents.


 "Shun the evil-doer! Make these books go away.
Does my beard look Eastern Orthodox?"

Martin Chemnitz Press books are largely given away, thanks to gifts from various people and my tent-making activities in higher education. ELDONA received free MCP books and KJV Bibles, but His Holiness the Bishop had his flunky tell the donor, during a meal - "Make these books go away!"

"Lutheran News, Inc., publisher of Christian News, is a non-profit organization recognized for tax-deductible giving by the federal government."

All books are manufactured somewhere now, because few publishing houses have their own printing facilities. NPH published my Liberalism: Its Cause and Cure, after ferocious opposition from the Church Growthers tried to stop the presses - and it sold very well. WELS later gave me the rights to the book. NPH manufactured it earlier. Now I do, through print-on-demand, Amazon.

Thy Strong Word is in its third edition.

Otten was going to publish Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant, after WELS put it on their list to print, then cancelled. I know Valleskey and Bivens were bitter opponents, because they threatened to boycott a WELS printer who asked to publish my books.

Publishing means paying for the printing and then selling the title for a profit, with royalties given to the author. Otten backed out of his promise, but later claimed to be the publisher. He sold it and sent off boxes of CLP to NPH, which was promoting and distributing the book like crazy.

For a long time I gave away PDFs of my books, but DropBox changed their public linking rules, nullifying that giveaway. However, I am going to repost new links to many of the PDFs. Lulu.com has some of those PDFs posted as free downloads.

 Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant
uses the material from each traditional group
to compare and contrast their teachings.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

For Easter - Norma Boeckler's Religious Art

Linked here are many of Norma Boeckler's art projects.
Her Religious Art can be found here.

I have the honor of working with Norma Boeckler all the time. She is always ready to design my book covers and the interior art as well.

I use her artwork in this blog, on Facebook, and in our worship posts. I know she takes great pleasure in providing religious art, which she shares across the Internet via Facebook. She has so many fans that one person wrote me, "You KNOW Norma Boeckler???"

 Norma Boeckler has won many awards for her artistic work.


This book is a wonderful example of how Norma uses her talent to communicate the Gospel. I am convinced that today's religious art is essential, the equivalent of the stained glass windows of European cathedrals.

Nothing connects the message better than uniting that with a picture. We know that from the teaching of Jesus. He always used picture language rather than abstract terms, not just in the parables, but also in His sermons and shorter messages.

I collected quotations on a database, Megatron, for a long time. I reached 3,000 and had trouble remembering them all when I wanted to call them up. Once I began pairing them with graphics, I remembered them better and so did others. One woman wrote me, "Could you post the roses quotation from Luther again?" Using the pictures folder, I found it immediately.

Those who know Norma Boeckler also enjoy her company. Her garden is a masterpiece (adorning my Creation Gardening book). Her home is filled with beautiful artwork and furniture. Best of all, she is a delight to be with, an example of the fruits of the Spirit.

 This is Norma Boeckler's garden and cover design.

Almost on Amazon and Kindle - The Lost Dutchman's Goldmine

Click this link for the Amazon book list for Gregory L. Jackson.
If you do, an angel will get his SEO wings.
SEO = Search Engine Optimization


Amazon will soon be hosting The Lost Dutchman's Goldmine, the printed version and the Kindle ebook. I have already sent out the first few, but I have not seen the printed version so far.

Yesterday I put two more volumes of Luther's Sermons into Word. I expect to do the final two volumes today. I found a rhythm for getting that done- I could teach copy and paste at Mordor - except I favor Reformation theology over Halle dogma.

I need a couple more volunteers to help edit, if possible. The set has typos from the original Optical Character Reproduction software someone used. There will be format adjustments too.

Believe it or not, Liberalism was first printed that way - scan the manuscript, try to find the scan mistakes. WELS first published Liberalism and the Church Growth fanatics hated it. WELS also accepted Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant, put it on their schedule, and then spat it out. But they promoted it once I had it in print via Otten's printer.

I am definitely doing a book on Luther's Large Catechism after the Sermons are done. Some other volumes are on the list, with Luther's works at the top.



Friday, February 10, 2017

Rules of Book Reviewing - For Search Engine Optimization

 Click here for the Pastor Gregory L. Jackson author page,
pick a title, and write a review.
For each one, an angel will get his wings.

The social media work through big data. They associate things together, which makes the most popular ones come out on top in searches. That explains why people began complaining about this blog coming out on top in all searches of Lutheran topics, not to mention Lutheran graphics.

The answer is Search Engine Optimization. I use links within all articles to build up SEO.

As the graphic above shows, even a brief review will help a title come up in searches.

 Norma Boeckler's Amazon page is here.
Click and write a review.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Lutheran Pastor Enjoys These Books


From a Lutheran Pastor:
Love your Greek lessons, especially the approach.  If you're willing to take in a Lutheran pastor who has a lot of exposure to language but has never made the Greek Bible his own, I would like to take your class.  How would I join the live Thursday class?  Or I will keep following the recorded lessons. [GJ - See below. We practice Open Greek Lessons.]

I have enjoyed lurking on your sites for years and purchased several of your books.  My favorite is still Thy Strong Word.  Currently, I have my copy lent to a congregational member who is loving it too.  

My son's favorite is Catholic, Protestant, Lutheran.  


Stay faithful & God bless you.



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GJ - Anyone can follow the live Ustream broadcast on Thursdays. 7 PM Thursdays.


The relevant posts and saved videos are found on the Facebook page -


We make books available at little to no cost for those who appreciate them.




Every time someone clicks on that link, an angel gets his wings.

 If you love angels, click on the link above - or this one.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Someone Liked Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant

 Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant - on Amazon and Kindle.


  • Thank you for this book. It has led me and my wife from wilderness to Lutheranism.  I knew there was an emptiness about Protestantism, but the Roman Catholic church with its non-biblical accretions was a bridge too far.

GJ - I wrote CLP for Lutherans who marry Roman Catholics, since they seem inexorably drawn together, in order to create mutual understanding without the usual polemics. People demanded that I turn the original adult class for couples into a book. This is now the third, revised edition.
  • Is this book available in hard copy?
GJ - No. The current edition is available on Amazon, Kindle, and the free PDF. I appreciate the request. Unfortunately, if I publish the same title in hardback on Lulu.com, where they have that option, it confuses the databases no end. Thus - a republished book from Lulu will no longer be listed on Lulu.
  • Why did you change from NIV to KJV?
I am glad you asked. I was using the NIV software at the time, back in the Dark Ages of computers, DOS, and other horrors. Someone offered me a free KJV program and I switched to the KJV. The KJV is much more precise than the anti-Sacrament NIV. You can read about that in Thy Strong Word, first chapter. TSW is also in the third edition. Some hard-covers are around on the used market. Here is the free PDF.



The New (and the only surviving) NIV is even worse than the old NIV, which is no longer allowed to be used by the publisher. It even disappeared from the publisher's Bible Gateway website. I imagine some people have their old NIVs, if they applied for a Concealed Carry Permit.

If you want a slightly modernized, precise Bible, I suggest the KJV21 or the Third Millennium KJV. 
  • Is there a specific book or books that would help me to study Lutheranism more deeply?  My background is evangelical Protestantism. 
In order, I always recommend - 
  1. The Sermons of Martin Luther.
  2. The Book of Concord.
  3. I can send anyone my books at a very low cost. Someone has donated money to send them free.
I still use the original Lenker 8 volume set
that I purchases long ago.
CPH turned that into 4 volumes and added 3 volumes of Postils,
as shown above. It took me a few tries to obtain that
as a used set for a friend.
 Thy Strong Word has put a damper on Church Growth and UOJ
Enthusiasms, but the synods leaders continue in their errors.
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