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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Norma Boeckler's 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.



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition of Liberalism: Its Cause and Cure

The current books can all be found on the author's Amazon page.
Click the link on the Amazon page "to follow" for future publications.


Lulu books by Gregory Jackson, to be moved to Amazon, can be found here.
I wrote earlier about Liberalism: Its Cause and Cure. Readers have heard many times over that no one dare raise an issue unless it is face-to-face. But Valleskey and Bivens hated my work so much - not that they ever told me -  that they threatened an independent book publisher if he printed Angel Joy.
This printer and seller of books, including the Valleskey/Bivens book, said, "I have to feed my family. I cannot publish your book." He then repeatedly refused to give me back the photos for Angel Joy, even though he was the one who solicited me for books he could publish and sell.

The only public reference Valleskey made  to me was in his icky Church Growth promotional article in the Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly. He argued that one could harvest figs from thistles, that Fuller dogma was like rich gold, silver, and jewels - good for the stealingThere he was suspiciously flattering, as the Apostle warned in 

Romans 16:18 

For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.




By the way, I challenged Valleskey's awful WLQ essay when he gave it, sought to talk to him about his study at Fuller Seminary - which he denied and later confirmed. I also sat next to Valleskey at supper, but another CG fanatic, now an avowed atheist, made sure I could not say anything.

I also talked to John (Sparky) Brenner about the false claims of the article. He said, "Write a letter." I said, rather heatedly, "Does the faculty support these falsehoods? Are there any editorial standards?" Brenner's wife looked at me like, "How dare you speak to my professor husband!"

In spite of the obstacles created by the WELS Church Growthers, the book came out eventually and sold like beer at a WELS convention.



Here is the Table of Contents - 

Introduction                                                                     7
Chapter One: Decline Of The Mainline Churches
-                                                                                                 9
The Merry Widow Waltz                                                            9
Reimarus: Liberal Hero                                                             11
Historical-Critical Method                                                        13
Yale and the Progress of Higher Criticism                                15
Benjamin Bacon                                                                       15
The New Scholarship at Yale                                                    16
Educational Victories                                                                21
Pietistic Bridge                                                                         22
The Fruit                                                                                   25
Chapter Two: Merger Mania:                          28
Becoming Unitarian                                                                  28
A Little Unitarian History                                                         32
Apostasy through Merger                                                          36
Unionism                                                                                  38
ELCA Doctrines, Shared with Mainline Churches                    39
Merger Works                                                                           40
Mainline Churches, Home Missions for the Unitarians             41
Gradualism                                                                               43
Chapter Three: The Mainline Churches And
Evolution                                                                          46
Another Approach to Evolution                                                51
Darwin, Theologian and Scientist                                             52
The Earthworm, Darwin's Nemesis                                           53
Purpose                                                                                     54
Compost                                                                                   58
Why?                                                                                        60
For the Believer                                                                        61
Mainline Malaise                                                                      61

        Creation                                                                              62
        Devolution                                                                          64
Chapter Four: Charismatics Are Liberals                                                                                                  68
          A LITTLE HISTORY                                                        70
        Revivalism                                                                          70
         Pentecostalism                                                                    71
          Charismatic Renewal                                                         72
               DOCTRINAL ERRORS OF THE CHARISMATICS    75
             Confusion about the Two Natures in Christ                     75
         Two Baptisms                                                                     76
              Unscriptural Practices concerning Tongues                     79
           Women in Leadership Roles                                             81
          Theology of the Cross                                                        82
            CHARACTERISTICS SHARED                                     83
             BY LIBERALS AND CHARISMATICS                        83
        Subjectivity                                                                         83
             Ecumenism, Unionism by Another Name                        84
               New Revelations Transmitted through the Emotions      85
          Ordination of Women                                                        87
                       Ill-educated Clergy: Rote Memory of Dogma, Shallow Dogmatism                                            88
         Excommunication                                                              91
          Work Righteousness                                                          92
         Political Power                                                                   93
Chapter Five: Defending Morality                98
              MATERIAL FALLACIES OF RELEVANCE                98
            The ad hominem (against the man)                                   98
           The tu quoque (and you too)                                           100
            The ad populum (to the people)                                      100
            The ad verecundiam (out of respect)                              101
             The ad ignorantiam (pleading ignorance)                       102
          The fallacy of accidence                                                  102
             Ignoratio elenchi (changing the subject)                        103
           Ad baculum (appeal to force)                                          103
           Ad misericordiam (sympathy)                                         104
        MATERIAL FALLACIES OF INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE                                                         105
Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc (after this, therefore because of this)                                                            105
             Petitio principii (begging the question)                          105
        Opposition                                                                        106
         Special pleading                                                               107
          Hasty generalization                                                        107
            FALLACIES OF AMBIGUITY                                     108
Equivocation                                                                           108
OTHER FALLACIES                                                             110
Slippery Slope                                                                        110
False dilemma                                                                         111
Two wrongs/common practice                                                111
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT                                                 112
Chapter Six: The Cure                                         116
EVANGELISM                                                                      127
PIETISM                                                                                127
Unionism                                                                                128
Results! Results!                                                                     129
Cell Groups                                                                            131
APPLICATION                                                                      132
A NEW APPROACH                                                             135
Books To Buy and Study
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 Herman Otten's secret agent, Paul McCain,
reviewed  Liberalism favorably in  Christian News,
but some might want to purchase it anyway.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Moving Books to Amazon - Kindle


The interior has been set up for The Story of Jesus in Pictures, which is now at Lulu.com. Norma Boeckler wanted to produce a book for children, which was made up of illustrations about Jesus.

The cover is being finished, so we are not far from completion.



Next is Thy Strong Word, The Efficacy of the Word in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions.

This is being proof-read, but also ordered time after time from Lulu, even as we speak.

The original was published in 2000, as I recall. I would have to find an original to check the date, but I may have given  that one away.  Yes, on purpose.

The original used a lot of text in Hebrew and Greek, which I thought was useful for clergy. However, the laity were the ones reading it and they found all the material they could not read a problem.

So - despite all the shunning and refusal to give any coverage to this 700 page book - people are requesting it more than any other, 16 years later.



Book Publishing History
My dissertation was published by the Augustana Historical Society. I finished the PhD in 1982.

I also had an essay or two published in a book, from a conference on aging that Mrs. Ichabod and I attended in Atlanta, about 1978.

I wrote a series of essays for Christian News, explaining how apostasy developed in America. He suggested it for Northwestern Publishing House, and they accepted it. NPH may have been the last bastion of Lutheran doctrine  in WELS at that time. Publishing was delayed, and when Liberalism: Its Cause and Cure came out, the Church Growth faction exploded in anger.

The irony is that I delayed writing the last chapter, which became The Cure chapter, about the Means of Grace versus the Church Growth Movement. Once I gave The Cure paper at a WELS pastoral conference, with the drama queens fainting and throwing tantrums, I knew that was the definitive last chapter.

DP Bob Mueller traveled down to Columbus with the stated purpose of getting rid of me. The only doctrine he ever opposed was Lutheran doctrine, although one council member forced him to agree that I did my job well and taught correctly. Tis a burden to live a life of lies. No wonder so many WELS DPs, CPs, and clergy are hopeless drunks.

Norma Boeckler designed the cover for
Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant - Lulu.


NPH accepted Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant for publication, but wrote me a snotty letter about not printing it until I "changed my attitude." I did not change my attitude: I remained Lutheran.

But Liberalism sold like hotcakes, enraging the WELS honchos who still maintained Church Growth did not exist in WELS. Wayne Mueller, the father of the transvestite pastor in Arizona, was the WELS leader who published the claim that WELS had no CG, but if it did, it was in harmony with the Scriptures. My new versions would be, "There are no transvestite pastors in WELS, but if there are, they are perfectly normal."

So I left WELS, resigning in disgust, a great move. My wife was uninsurable, but we found medical insurance for her, one time after another.

That was when I began to self-publish through Herman Otten's publisher, then Lulu. Pastor Otten's son Tim was a great help with

Norma Boeckler loves
to design Christian art,
and her Facebook fanbase is unlimited.


Switching to Lulu meant I also received a lot of artistic help from Norma Boeckler. That continues to be a great boon in every way possible. I do not have to worry about template-looking covers. Norma designs them.

Norma Boeckler began using Create Space, publishing several of her books on that Amazon-Kindle platform.

I enjoy using a desktop with a large screen, but most people are mobile and like having a library on their devices. For that reason, when I began to use Kindle versions for gardening articles, I decided to start publishing with Create Space and move everything over, in time, to that platform.

Communication without the Rottweilers Blocking
This could be a Litany for a service for leaving the established Lutheran sects, named These Are the Last Days of an Insane, Old Word:

  • The ELCA is Scriptural and Confessional, marking __ years of grace.

Lord, have mercy.

  • The LCMS is Scriptural and Confessional, marking __ years of grace.

Lord, have mercy.

  • The WELS is Scriptural and Confessional, marking __ years of grace.

Lord, have mercy.

  • The Little Sect is Scriptural and Confessional, marking __ years of grace.

Lord, have mercy.

  • The CLC (sic) is Scriptural and Confessional, marking __ years of grace.

Come Lord Jesus.
I am coming soon.

The Rottweilers, known more for their vicious nature than their intelligence, make sure only their boys and girls are in charge. They promote the work of their own circle with steroidal joy and energy, but watch carefully lest anyone else have a say, obtain a position, or even publish a book or article.

Major scandals in Lutherdom are either spiked completely by Christian News or deep-sixed on page 17. As far as I know, WELS is the first denomination to have the FBI raid its headquarters and collect the computers. Did anyone read that story anywhere but here?

Likewise, a publication, in the old days, was nothing if no distribution was available. By controlling distribution, and even by blocking it, the established synods control the message.

The Rottweilers also control friendships, using one man or one member to keep a pastor from doing anything -

  • Friendly suggestions.
  • Threats, sometimes disguised as friendly suggestions.
  • Tearing up the congregation with invented conflict.

"Don't be afraid, big doggie,
it's only a blog."

The Social Media and Self-Publishing
Blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube, Ustream, and self-publishing are a giant chip shot above the heads of those who guard the net. (Tennis allusion)

The old synodicals move at the pace of Jobba the Hut, clamping down on this, putting the happy face on the latest felony. Meanwhile, news moves faster than beer at a WELS convention, faster than self-congratulations at a Missouri gathering, faster than self-serving condemnations at a CLC (sic) fest.

Lutheran clergy, teachers, and laity - no one is your master now. You are not confined to a location for worship. You can enjoy a vast library of genuine Lutheran books from the Net, from Luther's sermons to the entire Book of Concord. Cost is no issue.

Martin Luther started with the truth of the Scriptures and let them control the agenda. He did not begin with this thought, which paralyses so many "Will my synod approve?"