The Epistles of St. Peter and St. Jude Preached and Explained

Many people have a skewed view of Martin Luther because they've only been exposed to his polemic writings. However, if you really want to know Luther's heart, you need to read some of his sermons, letters, and commentaries. In the latter category, his commentary on Galatians is the most famous, but this set of commentaries on the epistles of Peter and Jude may be an even better place to start. Luther's pastoral concern shines through every page.

Outside of its historical significance, it holds up as a good commentary in its own right. Luther clearly and practically expounds the message of these epistles with excellent application to the Christian life.

The Definitive Guide to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Well here, as I see it, is the lay of the land for HP book 7. For those who frequent the fan sites and read everything, you'll have to forgive me, as I have not done so. So what I'm saying may be old news to you. But here goes anyway.

  • Snape is good

  • I really don't see how this one can be contested. I thought J.K. Rowling made it pretty obvious the whole way through. After Snape made the Unbreakable Vow, he clearly told Dumbledore all about it, and Dumbledore decided that it would be best to make Snape carry out the vow and maintain his position as a spy in Voldemort's ranks. This is why Dumbledore is so concerned with ironing out all the details of Harry's next summer with the Dursleys: he won't be there. We also see many other little hints along the way as to what's brewing, most notably the argument Hagrid overhears between Dumbledore and Snape. Hagrid and Harry believe they were arguing over Dumbledore's order to investigate the Slytherin students. But honestly with Snape saying that he thinks Dumbledore takes too much for granted (perhaps taking it for granted that having Snape alive as a spy is more important than having Dumbledore alive), and that maybe he [Snape] doesn't want to do it anymore (i.e.- follow through with the vow), I don't see how we can believe it. The final scene where Snape flees with Draco makes it all too obvious. Snape refuses to kill Harry when he has every chance. Snape reminds Harry to practice his Occlumency and his Unspoken Spells. Above all the expression of extreme pain on Snape's face when Harry calls him a coward betrays something deeper than mere anger. All this can be coupled with a reminder that everything Dumbledore says to Draco in the tower was also meant for Harry who was invisible at the time. "Murder is not as easy as the innocent believe." "It is my mercy that matters now." All these things and more were intended to show Harry that Dumbledore is still in control, and that Snape is not taking the easy way out. By killing Dumbledore, Snape saved himself, he saved Draco from becoming wholly evil like Voldemort's other followers, and he saved Harry from discovery by the other Death Eaters. Anyway, enough on that... Suffice to say, a large part of book 7 will have to be Harry reconciling himself to the fact that Snape is indeed on the side of the good guys.

  • Harry Potter will die.

  • I think this one goes without saying. Every book thus far has contained a death and resurrection motif. At the end of each book Harry "descends" so to speak, and rises again. In book 1, Harry descends into the chamber with the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, and spends 3 days (did you catch that?) unconscious afterward. In book 2, he descends to the Chamber of Secrets and returns. In book 3, he descends under the tree and goes to the shrieking shack, and returns. In book 4, he meets Voldemort in the graveyard (a more literal descent to death) and returns. In book 5, he descends to the Department of Mysteries and returns. In book 6, he descends to the cave of the dead inferi and returns. All this I believe is building to a crescendo in book 7. Harry must die and return in a more literal fashion than before. I believe he will die, giving himself for one of his friends (most likely Ginny) and somehow return through the veil in the Department of Mysteries. Having sacrificed himself for his friend, he will have demonstrated the greatest act of love possible, and will be able to open the locked door and wield the power of love behind it to destroy Voldemort. Even if he does not die literally, he will definitely pass through the veil into the land of the dead and return. It is likely Voldemort will go with him, which is what I believe we see on the cover of book 7. The ruins look Roman, just like the arch with the veil, and there are many shadowy people in the background.

  • Miscellany

  • The horcrux that RAB found is either in the family home being hoarded by Kreacher, or it has been pilfered by Mundungus Fletcher. Draco will be converted. Snape will most likely die. Sirius may return with Harry, as he did not officially "die" in the normal sense of the word. Voldemort will lose. Harry, Ron, and Hermione will most likely all be survivors (though I could be surprised.)

    Well, there it is. If I think of anything else I'll post.


    Erica said…
    Ooh nice. I must agree that I don't think Harry will die in the literal sense, because I think J.K. Rowling has made it quite clear that you can't bring back the dead in her universe.
    Also, I think she said something about Malfoy not turning to the Order. That said, he may end up defying Voldemort and getting himself killed...
    And I didn't notice the 3 days in book 1...odd that slipped by me. Interesting....
    Well enjoy your ruminations :-P
    Xindaeltal said…
    I enjoyed your rumniations. I'm going to post my "Larry Joe" fan fic based on the end of book six.

    I still think Snape while not loyal to Voldemort in his heart of hearts is evil. He will be "karmaed" he will reap what he sows.

    So have a good night. Give more ruminations.

    I hope you noticed something about my comments.
    Rick said…
    You used the phrase "heart of hearts"? Is that what I'm supposed to notice. Is this your subtle way of telling me that you've become a Baptist?

    Xindaeltal said…
    Ummmmmmm. No. But good try.
    M.B. said…
    Nice predictions. :) As you know, I completely concur.

    Dale -- I think that Rowling's world is basically a Christian world, AKA, a world full of grace, not karma. But regardless, I believe Snape is good way down oh deep, deep in his heart of hearts. ;)
    Xindaeltal said…
    ... Once again, I have failed to communicate.