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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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Creation Gardening Book Is Almost Done.
The Lost Dutchman's Goldmine Is Next


I finished most of my work on Creation Gardening, so I will be completing The Lost Dutchman's Goldmine now.

The last two stages of each book are:

  1. Norma Boeckler inserts her artwork.
  2. Janie Sullivan does the finishing work for Amazon and Kindle.
Some other books, new, old, and very old, are in the plans, but Dutchman will be completed before anything else is started.

I appreciate how people encourage me to complete each title. That really makes a difference.

 The Lost Dutchman's Goldmine:
Luther's Biblical Theology of the Word



Monday, January 2, 2017

Publishing in 2016

One donut to rule the world,
and in the cafe bind them.

One thing I learned in playing chess was this - the opening moves determine the rest of the game.

Early in 2016 my wife and I decided that the extra job at Walmart was counter-productive. Not knowing what was ahead, I decided to trust the shaky teaching business and get more book publishing done.

Teaching was volatile, but the time invested in publishing meant that a lot of titles were published or re-edited for Amazon and Kindle e-books. Three more new titles are on the way:

  1. Creation Gardening
  2. The Lost Dutchman's Goldmine
  3. To Be Announced.


Toward the end end of 2016, some things were clear -

The Grateful Dead, no longer producing - for which I am grateful - taught me one thing. Instead of jealously guarding their so-called music, they gave it away to any and all, assuming the fans would still buy their work. Publishing against apostasy is not the road to riches, but the lure of financial rewards diminishes with age. 

My classmates have said in their Facebook posts, "I don't need one more thing in my house. Do me a favor and take something with you each time." So I do that with books. Most of my library has been given away, including my most favorite titles, so others can enjoy them. In the same spirit, some of the best Lutheran books were given to me to distribute, and they energized the reading of a number of laity who really appreciated them.

As planned, Thy Strong Word serves as a library of Lutheran doctrine for many laity. The errors of Church Growth and Universal Objective Justification are laid out - with a vast collection of sound and foul doctrinal quotations. At the time I thought, "Why not share my explorations of Lutheran theology with a thousand or so of the most informative quotations, listed with the citations, for easy kelming and sharing?" That is exactly what people have enjoyed and used.

I use Kindle Unlimited, which means anyone with a $10 a month subscription can download all the Martin Chemnitz Press titles for free.

"Two things I regret. One - wearing this Presbyterian get-up.
Two - Brett starting that Ustream worship service."

Lutheran laity have been the mainstay of everything. Brett Meyer and his extended family got the Ustream services going, long ago, and we are still far ahead of most congregations. ELDONA asked me about how to set up services in 2016, and I was glad to point out what worked best for us. 

The best insights and questions come from Lutheran laity. I hear positive things from laity all the time, and I answer almost immediately. Many insights and questions are worked into book and blog publishing. 

The jabbering, hostile hordes of UOJ Stormtroopers are silent now. They do not even use my public email address to send their pointless insults, which make such good fodder for posts. I miss the fetid, alcohol-driven ravings of the Fox Valley WELS circuit - really.

I seldom hear from clergy at all. One is in Australia, our dear friend Dr. Lito Cruz. A couple of men are Lutheran pastors in the USA. On Facebook I have about 500 LCMS friends, which suggests they enjoy reading my posts. Opponents have unfriended me (sob) and I have eliminated synod-minders, who think it is their job to toss stink-bombs.

Irony - the former LCMS Synod President is still my Facebook friend, but the great reformer, the current SP, Matt the Fat, unfriended me faster than a New York minute. The bloggers who helped him defeat Kieschnick and get re-elected are now forbidden to write about Lutheran doctrine - lest the LCMS kick them out. 


God willing, the apostates will keep handing me material to publish, since everyone else is afraid to go beyond correcting each other about the proper colors for a given liturgical season.

The future of Lutherdom in America.


The future is now in Canada.