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Pursuing Faith with Dominic Done

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Do you want your faith in God to grow, but sometimes struggle with nagging doubts? What does it look like to believe in God in the face of life's hardest questions? Pursuing Faith seeks to unpack these questions through thought-provoking stories, conversation and hope. The host is Dominic Done - speaker, professor, and author of the books, "When Faith Fails: Finding God in the Shadow of Doubt" & "Your Longing Has A Name."
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In this episode, we explore Jesus' declaration, "I am the light of the world" made during the Feast of Tabernacles, a significant Jewish festival. Jesus' words challenge the religious leaders and offer a radical vision of spiritual guidance and human flourishing. We'll dive into the rich symbolism of light in biblical theology, the historical conte…
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In this episode, Dominic talks about the reality and power of miracles. Every one of us longs for a miracle in our lives. It could be the need for a physical, mental, or emotional miracle. Perhaps a breakthrough in a relationship or finances. The Bible is full of miracle stories. But these stories aren’t just superstitious legends; they're hope-fil…
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Acts 2 records one of the greatest and most important sermons ever preached. God used it to spearhead a revival that turned the world upside down. What’s surprising, however, is not that God used words to initiate a revolution — but who he used to speak it. In this message, Dominic shares how grace retells the story of our failure and makes it some…
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In this episode of Pursuing Faith, Dominic explores John 8, and the words Jesus spoke to a woman who was full of shame. He said to her, “neither do I condemn you, go your way and sin no more." When we are in a place of shame, the natural response is to hide our truest self or to push people away. For example, in the book of Genesis, Adam and Eve at…
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In this episode, Dominic has a conversation with Joseph Clair. Joseph serves as the executive dean of the Cultural Enterprise, which encompasses the humanities, theology, and education. He is also dean of the College of Humanities and an associate professor of theology and culture. Before joining the George Fox faculty in 2013, he earned his PhD in…
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In John 6, Jesus allowed his disciples to sail into a storm. But why? Why would he allow them to face something that they were terrified of experiencing? In this episode, Dominic shares three ways that God uses storms in our life: To grow our faith, strengthen our hope, and deepen our love. Pursuing Faith Events Calendar Thrive Bible Conference in …
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In this special Christmas episode, Dominic shares a message from the gospel of John. What’s unique about this gospel is that, unlike the other gospels, John doesn’t give us the facts about Christmas. For example, there is no mention of the manger, the star or the wise men. Instead, he digs past the details and shares what Christmas means — not only…
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In this episode, Dominic explores the story of Jesus sudden healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-15). God is a God of 'suddenly.' This is found 87 times in the Bible. They wept, 'suddenly' an angel appeared at the tomb... They walked, 'suddenly' He appeared on the Emmaus road... They prayed, 'suddenly' the Spirit came down... Watch.…
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In this episode of Pursuing Faith (first published by the Unbelievable Podcast), Dominic debates British philosopher and atheist, Julian Baggini. Julian is the author of over 20 books, founder of the British Humanist Association, has written articles for the New York times, the Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal, and has given a Ted Talk on phil…
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Have you lost your sense of wonder? Are there things, places, opportunities, or people that, in your stress and distraction, you’ve looked past? Have you failed to see the beauty right in front of you? In the hope of big happiness, are you missing the small joys? In this episode of Pursuing Faith, Dominic Done takes some time to reflect on the prac…
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In political science, the word “reactionary” is used to describe someone who is content with the status quo. Without a vision of their own, when change comes, they quickly adapt to the new environment. However, a “revolutionary” is someone who creates and calls others into positive change. As you study the life of Jesus, we discover that he was a t…
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In this episode of Pursuing Faith, Dominic teaches on the story of the Samaritan woman from John 4. We’re surrounded by a world that fuels our discontent. Alluring advertisements, temptations, distractions, materialism and consumerism all offer the promise of satisfaction, but only leave us more restless than before. In the face of superficiality, …
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What does it mean to actually "believe" in God? Is it merely an affirmation of faith or something more? In this episode of Pursuing Faith, Dominic explores Jesus conversation with Nicodemus in John 3 through the lens of what true belief looks like. If this ministry has been an encouragement to you, would you consider leaving a review on iTunes or y…
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Over the last few months we’ve been going through the Gospel of John, having a look at the history and background, as well as exploring cultural and apologetic questions that this book raises for us today. In this episode we’ll be unpacking the first part of John 3, digging into what Jesus meant when he told Nicodemus ‘you must be born again.’ Domi…
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In this episode, Dominic explores John 2:13-25. In this controversial passage, Jesus is seen driving out religious leaders from the temple. This raises a ton of fascinating questions about the character of Jesus, the nature of organized religion and church, and God’s vision for holiness in our lives. Links mentioned in this episode: YouVersion - 10…
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In this episode, Dominic shares part 2 of a talk he gave in Portland, Oregon. C.S. Lewis once said that theology is a type of map - that instead of being merely analyzed from a distance - ought to be used in the moment by moment trenches of our humanity. In this message, Dominic shares how the doctrine of the incarnation is more than just a concept…
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Dominic interviews Justin Brierley about his new book, The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God, and how we may be witnessing a return of belief in our generation. The cultural narrative that has shaped the west for decades is that secularism has replaced Christianity, and that faith will continue to decline. However, recent shifts in culture may in…
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AW Tozer once wrote: “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God." In this episode, Dominic share…
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Dominic Done and Sarah Yardley explore what the Bible says about change and how to navigate it. Our Website: PursuingFaith.org Mentioned in this episode: SarahYardley.com Creation Fest UK We'd love to hear from you! info@pursuingfaith.org
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In this episode, Dominic has a conversation with Kristen Strong. Kristen is the author of When Change Finds You, Girl Meets Change and Back Roads to Belonging. They talk about about how to get through seasons of change, and the role that true friends have in breathing life into our anxious souls. Our Website: PursuingFaith.org Mentioned in this epi…
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Happy Easter weekend! In this episode, Dominic shares a talk he gave on the story of the resurrection of Lazarus. His tragic death and resurrection, as recounted in John 11, is not only a picture of Jesus death and resurrection — but a story of hope for all of humanity. Because Jesus broke the chains of death, we have the assurance that death does …
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Why would anyone want to be a Christian when there is so much hypocrisy in the church? Dominic interviews Mary Jo Sharp, as she shares her journey as one who still holds to a beautiful faith, despite wounding experiences within the Christian community. Our Website: PursuingFaith.org Mentioned in the Episode: Why I Still Believe by Mary Jo Sharp We'…
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In this episode, Dominic has a fascinating conversation with his friend, Evan Wickham. After giving an update about his life and ministry, Evan shares his thoughts on worship and its tenacious power to transform our lives. Evan Wickham is Lead Pastor of Park Hill Church in San Diego, CA. He is married to Sandy, and has five kids. He enjoys songwrit…
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Is there a way to walk faithfully through doubt and come out the other side with a deeper love for Jesus, the church, and its tradition? Can we question our faith without losing it? In this episode, Dominic chats with award-winning author, pastor, and professor A. J. Swoboda to discuss how to move through seasons of doubt towards the heart of the g…
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In this episode, Dominic tackles the question: Is Jesus God? According to a recent Christianity Today article, 43% of evangelical Americans believe that Jesus was a good moral teacher, but not divine. But what does the Bible say about this? What does it mean when Jesus claimed to be the ‘Word’ of God? And what does it mean in our lives in 2023? Men…
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In this episode, Dominic and Glenn have a conversation about ministry, pastoring during the pandemic, and how to live pro-actively amidst the demands of life. Glenn Packiam is lead pastor of Rockharbor in Costa Mesa, California. He earned a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry from Durham University, and is a senior fellow at Barna Group and an adjun…
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In this episode, Dominic interviews Joy Clarkson, author of Aggressively Happy: A Realist's Guide to Believing in the Goodness of Life. Joy Clarkson holds a PhD in theology from the Institute for Theology and the Arts at the University of Saint Andrews. She is an editor at Plough Magazine and the host of the podcast, Speaking with Joy. Mentioned in…
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In this episode, Dominic interviews long-time friends and mentors, Phil and Diane Comer. Phil and Diane are founders of Intentional Parents: Raising Passionate Jesus Followers. They started this ministry to bring hope and practical help to parents who desire to raise children who walk with God and have a flourishing faith. In this episode they disc…
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In this episode, Dominic interviews Josiah Kennealy. Josiah is a pastor, speaker and founder of the non-profit Young Adults Today. He is also the author of Fulfill Your Purpose in Your Generation. Josiah and Dominic discuss the future of the church as well as the three greatest needs of the emerging generation. Mentioned in the Episode: www.josiahk…
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In this episode, Dominic offers some reflection on Philippians 3:20 - "Our citizenship is in heaven." What does that mean for our lives? How is this lived out? How can we navigate this thorny political climate we find ourselves in? Books Mentioned in the Episode: Destroyer of the gods by Larry Hurtado The Triumph of Christianity by Rodney Stark Web…
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In this episode, Dominic has a conversation with Sean McDowell. Sean is Associate Professor of Apologetics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He is also an author of 15 books, including his most recent: A Rebel’s Manifesto: Choosing Truth, Real Justice, and Love amid the Noise of Today's World. They discuss Sean’s story of doubt and fa…
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In this episode, Dominic has a chat with Daniel Fusco about his new book “You’re Gonna Make It: Unlocking Resilience When Life is a Mess.” Daniel Fusco is an author, a church planter, and the lead pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver Washington. Books Mentioned in the Episode: You’re Gonna Make It: Unlocking Resilience When Life is a …
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In this episode, Dominic joins Sally and Clay Clarkson at their home in Colorado to discuss their new book, Giving Your Words: The Lifegiving Power of a Verbal Home for Family Faith Formation. Clay and Sally Clarkson are the founders of Whole Heart Ministries, which began in 1994. Prior to starting Whole Heart, they served in local churches on staf…
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In this episode, Dominic gives an update about the non-profit, Pursuing Faith, and an opportunity to minister to Ukrainian refugees. He then unpacks 2 Peter 1 as a roadmap towards a flourishing life. Peter writes: “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perse…
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In this episode, Dominic gives an update about Pursuing Faith events, and then shares a recent talk he gave in Southern Oregon. Based on Psalm 23, this talk unpacks what David meant when he wrote: “He restores my soul.” How can our soul be restored? What is a soul anyway? And what does the Bible have to say about our soul’s longing? Books Mentioned…
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From Genesis to Revelation, we see that God's purpose for our soul is flourishing. Unlike our culture's shallow definition of flourishing, God's vision is far deeper and authentic. In this episode, Dominic takes us on a theological journey exploring God's word and God's intention for creation and our lives. Books Mentioned in the Episode: Your Long…
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How is the health of your soul? Is the deepest part of you flourishing—or is it languishing and gasping for air? Life lately has been filled with exhausting challenges: personal loss, political division, economic turmoil, faith deconstruction, and isolation. And our souls feel it. Yet in the face of uncertainty, the Bible assures us we can thrive i…
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If God is all powerful and all loving, then why does evil exist? Why does the world bleed with suffering? Why doesn’t he intervene? To be human is to grapple with that question, and for thousands of years we haven’t stopped asking it. In this episode, Dominic explores Scripture to see what it says about our deepest and most persistent question: Why…
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Russia's recent invasion is the largest in Europe since World War II. In this episode, Dominic interviews Nick Cady: a pastor whose family is originally from Ukraine. He is also an author, scholar and missionary. Dominic and Nick discuss recent events in Ukraine, the nation's history, and how followers of Jesus can intercede for those who are in th…
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In this special episode, Dominic announces the release of his new book, "Your Longing Has a Name: Come Alive to the Story You Were Made For". How is the health of your soul? Is the deepest part of you flourishing—or is it languishing and gasping for air? Life lately has been filled with exhausting challenges: personal losses, political division, ec…
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Of all the causes of doubt in our lives, the silence of God is hardest to understand. In some ways, it’s similar to the doubts we experience when we suffer; but it comes at us in a different way. Suffering is often caused by a sudden, catastrophic event. But the silence of God can be glacial. It slowly gnaws at us, and has the potential to shake ou…
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It was more than four hundred years ago that Francis Bacon, now recognized as the architect of the scientific method, made the claim that God has given us two books to study: Scripture and creation. God’s Word and God’s world. He believed that not only was there a beautiful synthesis between faith and science, but that they, in different ways, give…
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We live in a moment when everyone seems to be hurt, bitter or angry about something. As we begin a new year, let’s explore together why and how we can forgive. How can we, in a toxic culture, allow our souls to heal from the trauma of the last year? Let’s discover together, the freedom that is available through the power of forgiveness. Resources: …
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The Bible is the best-selling book of all time, but did you know that only 11% of Americans have read the Bible from cover to cover? In this episode, Dominic discusses 4 important and helpful practices to help as you read through the Bible, whether for the first time or as a long-term reader of Scripture. Resources: PursuingFaith.org Books Mentione…
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While most people recognize the impact the Bible has had upon culture and history, we live in a moment when people increasingly distrust the Bible. In this episode, Dominic unpacks how the Bible is trustworthy by engaging with three commonly asked questions: Is the Bible relevant for our lives? Is the Bible historically accurate? Is the Bible offen…
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Questions people have about faith and doubt are often related to their understanding of the Bible. What is the Bible? Is it our source of authority? Can we trust it? Where did it come from? Who were its authors? In the first of a 3 part mini-series of podcasts, Dominic unpacks the profound impact, beauty, and relevance of God’s Word for our lives t…
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In this episode, Dominic joins Aaron Salvato and Brian Higgins for a conversation about popular exvangelical memes. Throughout this conversation, Dominic, Aaron, and Brian seek to find the valuable elements of deconstruction without it leading to abandoning the fundamentals of Christianity. We hope this episode encourages you to think critically an…
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Dominic has a conversation with N.T. Wright about his latest book: Broken Signposts. Professor N.T. Wright is currently Research Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary’s College in the University of St Andrews and Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Resources: PursuingFaith.org N.T. Wright Online Books Me…
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In this episode, Dominic tackles the question: Does God Exist? After discussing how to approach the subject, Dominic explores 4 signposts that point towards His existence: 1.The Universe Exists 2.The World is Uniquely Designed for Life 3.The World is Beautiful 4.Morality Exists Resources: PursuingFaith.org Books Mentioned in this episode: Mere Chri…
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