Where Ya From? Podcast

Where Ya From? Podcast creates an atmosphere where all people—regardless of our differences—can openly discuss ideas, issues, culture, experiences, faith, and more so we can learn from each other and the Word of God. New episodes released weekly on Tuesdays.

Where Ya From? Podcast is presented by the Voices Collection, a part of Our Daily Bread Ministries.

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Season 4 of Where Ya From? Coming Soon!
New episodes of Where Ya From? are in the works.
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38. "Courageous Faith" with Dr. Debbye Turner Bell
Ever struggled to admit “I’m not okay,” even though you knew it was true? When Dr. Debbye Turner Bell won the Miss America pageant, she began the toughest time of her life. Join Rasool Berry on the Where Ya From podcast as he talks with Debbye Turner Bell, speaker, journalist, veterinarian, and writer of Courageous Faith about how isolation, burnout, and loss challenged her faith at a time when people expected her to be at her very best. Learn from Debbye about how it takes faith to admit you need help and to hold on to God even when you don’t like what He’s allowed.
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37. "Can Politics Be Saved?" with Justin Giboney
How do you share your witness in political conversations? Does it fit your true convictions? In this episode of VOICES’ Where Ya From? podcast, Justin Giboney, attorney, ordained minister, and co-founder of the AND Campaign, explains how his experience of being pressured to silence his witness—and witnessing others do the same—prompted him to reconsider political parties and to combine social justice AND moral order.
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36. "God is a Poet” with Carvens Lissaint
Facing the impossible in your life right now? In this episode of VOICES’ Where Ya From? podcast, Carvens Lissaint, writer of Target Practice and actor on Hamilton, explains how facing devastating mountains in his life brought him an awareness of God and strengthened his faith.
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35. "Killing Comparison" with Nona Jones
How do you move what you know in your mind to what you believe in your heart? Nona Jones, well-known preacher, executive, entrepreneur, and writer of Killing Comparison, joins VOICES’ Where Ya From? podcast to share how the trajectory of her life dramatically changed when she began believing in her heart that she truly is who God says she is. Join us to learn how to be inspired—rather than expired—by people we compare ourselves with, and see how Nona was able to push past the comparison game.
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34. "Discovering Your Identity" with Jamie Winship
“Keep your mouth shut for one year” was the best advice he got as a new police officer. In this episode of VOICES’ Where Ya From? podcast, reconciliation expert Jamie Winship describes how he learned to listen to God and to people around him in order to bring peaceful solutions to some of the world’s highest conflict areas.
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33. "Finding Our Purpose" with William Pannell ...
How do you grow up in a broken world and still find your voice, full and whole as God intended? In this episode of VOICES’ Where Ya From? podcast, Dr. William Pannell and Jemar Tisby share their stories of growing up with racism in the communities they loved and how breaking silence and embracing tension allows them to advocate for justice.
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32. "I’m Not Going to Quit" with Natasha Sistru...
What do you do when life puts you at the end of your rope? On this inspiring episode of VOICES Where Ya From? Podcast, retired Marine Officer, author and international speaker, Natasha Sistrunk Robinson speaks about where you find your grit when you’re all alone and have every odd against you.
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31. "Seeing Myself Through God’s Eyes" with Kec...
Why does God let bad things happen? In this episode of VOICES’ Where Ya From? podcast, recording artist and author Kechi Okwuchi shares her story of the plane crash that changed her life and how she learned to rely on God’s unchanging love for her.
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30. "Human Trafficking and the Justice of God" ...
When was the last time you felt overwhelmed? It’s a feeling we’ve all experienced at some point in our life. In those moments, it’s hard to know what to do next. In this episode of Where Ya From?, Jenn Petersen, the Director of Mobilization for International Justice Mission (IJM) and co-lead pastor of Resurrection Life NYC, shares with host, Rasool Berry, about some of the most unimaginable cases of injustice she witnessed that sparked the passion and question, “God, what can I do to make a difference?”
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29. "Embodied Faith" with Sho Baraka
Deep down, we all crave to be our truest selves. But what if we’re afraid that our culture has no place in Christian spaces? In this episode of VOICES’ Where Ya From? podcast, recording artist, author, and academic Sho Baraka shares why his faith and worldly convictions aren’t mutually exclusive.
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28. "Juneteenth" with Dr. Carey Latimore
Have you ever wondered how the past still affects our present? On this special episode of VOICES’s Where Ya From? podcast, author and Trinity University associate professor Dr. Carey Latimore speaks on the legacy of Juneteenth and the hope it still inspires today.
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Season 3 of Where Ya From? Coming Soon!
New episodes of Where Ya From? are in the works.
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27. "Faithful Anti-Racism" with Dr. Christina E...
Have you ever wondered how the Bible inspires us to strive for racial unity? On this episode of the VOICES’s Where Ya From? podcast, authors Dr. Christina Edmondson and Chad Brennan discuss their book Faithful Antiracism and share how God calls us to advocate for one another.
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26. “Don’t Try to Figure Me Out” with Mali Music
Have you ever been criticized for pursuing a passion? On this episode of the VOICES’s Where Ya From? podcast, Grammy-nominated, recording artist, and singer-songwriter Mali Music discusses his childhood in the church, his surprising athletic prowess, and how others’ opinions couldn’t stop him from making music as a profession.
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25. "Following God When You’re Exhausted" with ...
Have you ever felt like the expectations of the people around you were too much? In this episode of the VOICES Where Ya From? podcast, Reach Records’ rapper and author Trip Lee discusses his family’s legacy, his unshakeable faith, and how God’s plan for our lives is greater than anything anyone else could come up with.
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24. "Finding God and Finding Your People" with ...
How do we trust that God will provide us with people and purpose when we’re feeling our loneliest? In this episode of Where Ya From? podcast from VOICES, rapper Tedashii shares his story of insecurity with belonging and teaches us that in a world full of cliques and clubs, Jesus is our true home.
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23. "Meeting Needs in the Midst of Chaos" with ...
It’s natural to want to avoid messes and disorder, but how do we obey when God calls us to run towards chaos? In this episode of VOICES’ Where Ya From? podcast, Back2Back Ministry codirectors Todd and Beth Guckenberger share their passion for missions and explain that when it comes to sharing the gospel, actions often speak louder than words.
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22. "The First Lady of Reach Records" with Wande
When working towards your dreams, it’s easy to crave control. However, you may find that the best stories are written when you give God the pen. In this episode of VOICES’ Where Ya From? podcast, Nigerian American rapper/singer Wande talks to host Rasool Berry about how trusting God led her to become Reach Records’ first female artist.
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21. "Community Builds Up" with Lecrae
When it comes to success, it’s satisfying to feel pride in all you’ve accomplished, but it’s equally important to recognize those who paved the way alongside you. In this episode of VOICES’ Where Ya From? podcast, multi-talented artist Lecrae sits down with Rasool Berry to discuss the substantial impact his community has had on his music career, his social activism, and his relationship with God.
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20. "Colorism, Microaggressions, and White Supr...
Our identities are often influenced by our surroundings—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Join us as we discuss with Ekemini Uwan how to help people navigate the waters of colorism, microaggression, white supremacy, and other ideologies that have come to influence our views of our faith, our society, and our worth.
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19. "Embracing Your Bold" with Kierra Sheard-Kelly
The journey to self-acceptance isn’t an easy one, and it can be a challenge learning how to appreciate your upbringing and owning your past choices. In this episode of VOICES’ Where Ya From? podcast, Rasool Berry, speaks with Kierra Sheard-Kelly about helping others embrace their truest selves and overcome insecurities to accept the person God made them to be.
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18: "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" with Sko...
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) drive change in the workplace, but not every business has success with implementation. In this episode of VOICES’ Where Ya From? podcast, host, Rasool Berry, speaks with Skot Welch about the power of building bridges to navigate the waters of DE&I and how our faith—and our business—flourishes when our workplaces reflect the mosaic God has created His children to be.
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17. "The Bible and Social Justice" with Dr. Esa...
If you love something, you have to be willing to put in the work. That is especially prevalent in our relationship with God and us as individuals. In this episode of VOICES’ Where Ya From? podcast, host, Rasool Berry, speaks with Dr. Esau McCaulley about helping Black churches rediscover hope, the division between social justice and the biblical texts, and what can be done to dissolve that tension.
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16. "Intersection of Faith and Culture" with Dr...
Culture informs faith. Faith informs culture. So how do we find a balance between the two to create meaningful change? In this episode of VOICES’ Where Ya From podcast, host, Rasool Berry, speaks with Dr. A.R. Bernard about his work towards building positive community change by intersecting the power of culture and faith.
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It’s official! Season 2 of Where Ya From? Podca...
New episodes of Where Ya From? coming in 2022
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15. "Building Bridges Between Cultures" with Ra...
Grace and truth must go hand in hand. But how do you do that when these two things are sometimes in opposition? This is the question that today’s guest, Where Ya From? host Rasool Berry, hopes to shed light on. Rasool shares his story of finding a way to understand his experience as a Black man, of living the African American experience, and of learning through a theological standpoint.
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14. "Being Techwise and Culture Making" with An...
We are all called to create, as humans and as Christians. But are we all equipped to do so? With so many distractions and influences in our world, it can be hard to focus on creating for the greater good. Follow along as we discuss with Andy Crouch the importance of being culture makers for God’s message and balancing the good and bad of technology.
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13. "Washing Blood While Singing the Blues" wit...
When faced with something or someone deemed “different,” why are we so quick to judge? Rather than appreciate what makes us different, we are often quick to rush to misconceptions and misunderstandings. Follow along in this episode with jazz musician Ruth Naomi Floyd as she discusses the importance of remembering the radical truths of the gospel and loving your neighbor.
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12. "Learning to Survive" with Dr. Alma Zaragoz...
Surviving is a strategy. Thriving is a path towards unlimited opportunities. Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty shares her experiences of unlikely mentors, educational events, and faith that led her to challenge the oppressive systems that hold back so many from fulfilling their purpose.
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11. "White Awake" with Daniel Hill
Blind spots are something we all deal with, but it’s our response to them that matters. We can choose to move on and ignore, which is an option only for the privileged, or we can choose to acknowledge our blind spots and take action. Daniel Hill shares his journey from apathy to action for justice for all.
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10. "Dealing with the Past" with Lecrae
We all, at one point, must reconcile with our past to move forward healthily and effectively. Of course, it isn’t always easy to get from point A to point B, but your life can be transformed in monumental ways when you do. Lecrae shares his story of dealing with his past and restoring his mental, spiritual, and emotional health.
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9. "The Native Story" with Mark Charles
We live in a society full of unsettling truths. So what do we do with that? Do we sit down and ignore the fact, leaving in its wake pain and trauma from ignorance? Or do we decide to do something about it like educating ourselves, informing others, and taking action? Mark Charles shares how to face the unsettling truths and how we can help make our world a more equitable place.
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8. "Prophetic Lament" with Dr. Soong-Chan Rah
Change happens when we acknowledge the truth. And the truth can be painful, and often, we try to ignore that in the church. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is here to share why it's essential to listen to the voices that we don't always hear from and why lamenting is just a step towards raising awareness of injustices, especially within the church.
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7. "Fighting Battles Together" with Carolyn Cus...
God has created men and women to be in partnership for His mission. Carolyn Custis James is on a mission to help women—regardless of age, location, or circumstance—to realize that we are all made to be God's image-bearers. She states that as His daughters, we are to "be warriors in the battle alongside the men."
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6. "Mental Health, Black Dignity, and The Impor...
We need to take care of all the parts of who we are. That includes not just our physical selves, but our mental wellbeing too. Dr. Christina Edmondson is here to share why it's crucial to treat ourselves—our whole selves—with dignity, love, and empathy.
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5. “Racism and the American Church” with Jemar ...
Historically, has everyone truly been welcomed with no question into the church? Jemar Tisby examines the harsh reality of the American church’s involvement with racism and how that’s left a void for so many. This is not a history lesson. Instead, it’s a moment for the church to contend with its previous actions (or inactions) and learn to move towards a more equitable and hopeful future.
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4. “Developing Real Friends” with KB Newton
Finding a community of tried and true friends can be hard these days. But the key is being intentional in the conversations you have with each other to form lasting and healthy friendships. Kristen “KB” Newton reflects on her own experiences and struggles of making friends throughout her life due to “constant change and movement” and how that all changed when she realized the value of being vulnerable.
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3. “Finding Home” with Rich Pérez
We can learn a lot about ourselves even through other people’s experiences. Rich Pérez shares his “layers” and what makes him, him. He hopes that sharing his story of learning how to embrace who he is and all the intersections of his culture, heritage, experiences, and passions will help others understand theirs too.
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2. “You Were Born for This” with Ambassador Suj...
This episode teaches us to revel in the idea of “being born for this” and to take charge of our opportunities with a great conversation with Ambassador Sujay Johnson Cook.
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1. “Black Apologetics” with Lisa Fields
What do you do when someone challenges your faith? One of the world’s most sought-after Christian apologists, Lisa Fields, combines her passion for biblical literacy with her heart for sharing God’s love to all those she meets.
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Where Ya From? Podcast - Trailer
Where Ya From? Podcast creates an atmosphere where all people—regardless of our differences—can openly discuss ideas, issues, culture, experiences, faith, and more so we can learn from each other and the Word of God. New episodes released weekly on Tuesdays.
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