Hosted by Ant McDonald, The Beautiful Pursuit is a podcast for the passionate ones. The ones who feel a fire in their bones, and the ones who wish they did. Originally dreamt up as a worship podcast (for worship leaders and musicians), The Beautiful Pursuit is more like a falling into the deep well of worship and never climbing out. To live encouraged. Inspired. And built up in Love.
For Ant, The Beautiful Pursuit has been the pursuit of Jesus in it all. Not only Jesus in church or Jesus music, but Jesus in everything. Jesus in family, in friendships, in waking and sleeping, in highs and lows, in disappointments and dreams. He's either in everything or it's religion.
Ant spent years working for Christian record label Integrity Media Africa, interviewing artists from all over the world - legends like Michael W. Smith, Lenny le Blanc, Martin Smith, Jeremy Riddle, Kari Jobe - to mention a few. She would unpack and understand their processes; explore their unique personalities and listen to the stories that shaped their art and expression. What she found was powerful, beautiful stories from ordinary people behind some extraordinary songs. Songs that often started out as scribbles in journals or awkward voice notes - and evolved into anthems that have touched the furthest corners of the globe and championed people's hearts and lives.
Inspired by those early conversations, Ant has created this podcast to give those stories wings, and bring them into people's homes and hearts.
Let's Talk Race - with Siviwe & Marcia Notshe
Whiteness, privilege, racism, justice and mercy, Jesus and The Church... Are you passionate about the kind of God loving and God following thats not just skin deep - that challenges you to go into the depths where God can search and soften, convict and counsel, recalibrate and release? In this conversation Ant chats to Every Nation Bryanston Pastors Siviwe and Marcia Notshe.
In this interview Ant speaks to Julian Adams about his new book, Terra Nova: New Earth. Julian is a co-director of Frequentsee and leader of The Table, Boston. He is an author, spiritual advisor, revelatory teacher, and leadership consultant in political, business, and creative spheres. An internationally recognised prophet, Julian has a proven track record in the fulfilment of words released over individuals, communities, and nations.
Terra Nova: New Earth is an invitation to see the world, and ourselves, through the eyes of our Creator—loved, valued, creative, and called. The story of creation becomes the story of our lives, as we learn to partner with Jesus, walk in deeper prophetic insight, and join in the Eden commission to see the “restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21). God’s original plan for humanity is still His plan: that we will co-reign with Him and extend His kingdom across the earth.
The culture of our towns and cities, how our businesses are run, and how we respond to issues of social justice are all meant to be shaped by God’s people. Terra Nova masterfully weaves together our understanding of God’s purposes on the earth with His purpose for our lives: to walk in kingdom revelation, love, and influence in everything we do.
Worship leaders you don't want to miss this deep and authentic conversation with one of the most influential voices in worship ministry in our generation. Suzy Yaraei has released numerous albums and trained and mentored many well-known and influential artists and worship leaders around the world. Kim Walker, Josh Baldwin, Misty Edwards, Jonathan and Melissa Helser, John Mark McMillan all trained under Suzy. She co led MorningStars Worship Department with Don Potter for years. Her greatest desire in ministry is to help free people to worship God with abandon and discover who they are in Christ. In this podcast she talks about embracing our uniqueness, how words help us to heal, and shares her love story with her husband Kamran and tells us all about their work into The Middle East via satellite... Friendship with The Holy Spirit and knowing Him feels like a thread that runs through this conversation too. Enjoy!
HOMESCHOOLING DURING COVID-19
With COVID-19 and this global pandemic arriving in our neighborhoods, we are all grappling with a new way of living. A significant number of people all over the world have been thrust into homeschooling. One of the most googled questions at the moment is 'how do I homeschool?'... Wrapped up in a very strange, new world - there may just be gifts for us all. What if one of these is having our children at home, around the table? What if we are forever altered by this space - in beautiful ways we haven't even begun to imagine? May this conversation inspire your anxious heart and give you courage to take back your home, your space, your family and your relationships with your children...
"Easy answers are easily replaced". American artist Jason Upton speaks to Antoinette McDonald from his hometown Wisconsin. In this interview they speak about spontaneity, mystery, certainty, remembrance and wonder. The importance of listening and waiting... Upton is a singer/songwriter with the heart of a pastor. Whether he is leading people in worship through singing or speaking, Jason does his best to carry the heart of The Father. His songs and his messages reflect a life fully lived in relationship with God, family and friends.
Do you long to flourish? Live full of hope, vision and purpose? Actually follow your heart and your dreams? Be inspired to do just that - to start with the everyday, the ordinary. To learn to thrive and not just survive. Kirstin Maud is one of the founders of Motherland Coffee Company in South Africa. Together with her husband Rob Maud, they lead a vibrant community called The Collective Church in Johannesburg. In this interview Kirstin talks with Ant McDonald about vision.
Not only is this podcast chock full of incredible content, it is absolutely beautifully put together with the sonic soundscape of Sean Williams’ music. Truly worth listening to!