John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org; he is author of more than 50 books and travels regularly to preach and teach. New messages are posted to this podcast as they become available. Piper’s sermons, books, articles, and more are available free of charge at desiringGod.org. We want people everywhere to understand and embrace the truth that God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in him.
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Need to ask a priest? Fr. Meconi is here to answer. Questions Covered: 04:10 – Why is the principle of first fruit giving not taught in the Catholic Church? 07:06 – Which of the apocryphal writings are worth reading and learning from, and which ones should we forego reading? 11:46 – I am interested in becoming a priest. How does that work? How much freedom does one have in deciding one’s role in the Church? 13:46 – Is it permissible for a layperson to serve as a subdeacon if he is not on his way to Holy Orders? 15:13 – My brother convinced his girlfriend to get an abortion a few years ago and he just confided this in me. I am having trouble not being angry and forgiving him for it. What can I do? 17:30 – Why haven’t the clergy been teaching the laity? There doesn’t seem to be enough education or catechism for lay people. 23:11 – Why are certain elements of the Levitical priesthood retained in the Catholic Mass and priesthood while other Old Testament laws are completely done away with by Jesus? 28:44 – Why is Matthew 17:21 not included in so many Bibles? 33:05 – How can I convince someone that Christ is God? They asked me why he would call himself Son of God if he is God. 35:15 – How does our post-modern society, which doesn’t believe in real love, compare with the early pagan societies of Jesus’ time? 40:32 – Is a person who has an eating disorder in a state of mortal sin every time they misuse food or their body? 41:14 – Is it okay to date after a divorce? 42:57 – Is it okay to make a spiritual communion in Mass when you’re not in a state of grace and so can’t receive? 44:06 – I lost my brother to suicide. He struggled with diabolical things. Is my brother lost, according to Catholic teaching? 49:35 – I am a born-again Christian but not yet a Catholic. If I die, will I not be saved? 51:27 – My daughter has chosen a different sexual orientation. How can I talk to her about the truth of this? It is causing a lot of anger and frustration in our home. Resources Mentioned: When a Loved One Dies by Suicide by various authors …