Faith Debate

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Program Air Date: Sunday, August 25th, 2019 – 9am

Pastoral Potpourri: The Lightning Round

When the Bible speaks of “the elect”, what/who is it talking about?  Does the answer do anything to how one thinks about isolation from God, doubts about God’s presence/provision, or even doubts about faith itself?  This wrap up to our “Ask the Pastor” styled series will cover as much ground as is legally allowable within 30 minutes.

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick.

Jerry Gilbert.  A curious Christian and friend of the show.

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

Program Air Date: Sunday, August 18th, 2019 – 9am

A Few Issues

Is God transcendent and angry or imminent and pleased?  How alike/different is the church of First Century compared to the church of the Twenty-First Century?  Has God wept because of hypocrites claiming to do evil things in His name?

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick.

Jerry Gilbert.  A curious Christian and friend of the show.

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

Program Air Date: Sunday, August 11th, 2019 – 9am

Marijuana and the Bible

Should cannabis be thought of as a first line option for Christians treating any number of issues common to the human condition, rather than being seen as a last resort?  For example, could it be used as a powerful tool in the battle against opiates, and thus helpful for harm reduction.  Answers are debated in this episode.

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick.

Jerry Gilbert.  A curious Christian and friend of the show.

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

Program Air Date: Sunday, August 4th, 2019 – 9am

What is the Biblical View on Cannabis?

Should Christians embrace marijuana, prohibit its use, or articulate a more nuanced position?  Or is there a way in which the answer is “all of the above”?  This is the issue addressed during this edition of the Faith Debate.

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick.

Jerry Gilbert.  A curious Christian and friend of the show.

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

Program Air Date: Sunday, July 28th, 2019 – 9am

The Impact of the Mission

This is round four of a four round heavyweight battle.  Okay, so that’s overstated a bit.  🙂  But it is true that this is the fourth and final show with our Frederick Rescue Mission guests.  We’ve covered much of the background, now we focus on the need and the variety of services and programs.  And we talk about the team, including volunteers, and some of the stats for the impact being made.

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate.

Arnold Farlow.  Executive Director of The Frederick Rescue Mission.

Terri Gray.  Director of Faith House.

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

Program Air Date: Sunday, July 21st, 2019 – 9am

How the team Arrived to the Rescue Mission

At the Frederick Rescue Mission, they say that every program and service is driven by the desire to introduce people to Jesus Christ.  Their method to this end is to meet basic human needs and equip others to do the same.  The Rescue Mission is privately funded, utilizing donations from the community to operate all of its programs and services.  This week we talk a bit more specifically about the parachurch organization that is the Rescue Mission.

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate.

Arnold Farlow.  Executive Director of The Frederick Rescue Mission.

Terri Gray.  Director of Faith House.

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

Program Air Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2019 – 9am

Life Growing Up and Professional Career

The Frederick Rescue Mission has a vision to change lives through Christ’s love by rescuing people from hunger, poverty, and chemical addiction.  That’s what their website says, anyway.  In this show we talk with the people pursuing a vision that steers six programs.  Bread of Life, CLRP Recovery Program, Clothing Program, Outreach Program, Faith House, and the Summer Enrichment Program.

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate.

Arnold Farlow.  Executive Director of The Frederick Rescue Mission.

Terri Gray.  Director of Faith House.

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

Program Air Date: Sunday, July 7th, 2019 – 9am

Personal Stories

There is a Christ-centered ministry in Frederick providing residential recovery programs to those experiencing homelessness or chemical addiction.  Also food to the hungry, clothing and furniture to those in need, and connection within the community through relationships.  They’re known as The Frederick Rescue Mission.  What do you really know about them?  Well, in this show we begin to find out.

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate.

Arnold Farlow.  Executive Director of The Frederick Rescue Mission.

Terri Gray.  Director of Faith House.

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

Program Air Date: Sunday, June 30th, 2019 – 9am

The Theology of Millennials and the Church

Here’s advice from the headlines.  (Always a good place to get advice.)  “Want Millennials Back in the Pews?  Stop Trying to Make Church ‘Cool’.”  “Church Can’t rely on ‘Bedrock Institution’ Status if it Wants to Attract Millennials.”  “The Black Church Can Engage More Black Millennials by Bringing Politics Back into the Pulpit.”  That’s just three of the millions of articles out there.  Millions.  But rather than stay focused on a bunch of internet blogs and opinion pieces, today we’ll look at… What does the Bible have to say about how to deal with differing demographic groups?  Is there a New Testament model for a young person’s church?

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges.  (www.crossedbridges.com)

Michael Bartlett.  Pastor at Collective Church in Frederick.

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

Program Air Date: Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 – 9am

Questions Millennials Have for the Church

Do you know “Five Things Millennials are Looking for in Your Church”?  Heck, more pressing… Do you know “Why the Church Needs Millennials, but Millennials Don’t Need Church”?  Did you even know this was the case?  If not, well you simply don’t read enough web articles with headlines such as these.  But seriously, are issues of character/finances/relationship/style/etc different for Millennials when compared to other age groups?  Do we tend to over think these things?

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges.  (www.crossedbridges.com)

Michael Bartlett.  Pastor at Collective Church in Frederick.

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

Program Air Date: Sunday, June 16th, 2019 – 9am

How Millennials and the Church View Each Other

If questions that the American church asks were viewed as food items, then the soup du jour is Millennial Gumbo.  It’s why Relevant Magazine recently published an article titled “The Real Reason Churches Have a ‘Millennial Void’”.  So, what do Millennials expect a church to do?  What questions are Millenials asking?  And how are these things different from other generations?

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges.  (www.crossedbridges.com)

Michael Bartlett.  Pastor at Collective Church in Frederick.

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

Podcast

Sundays 9AM to 9:30AM

The Frederick Faith Debate is designed to be an open an honest forum for local faith community leaders to share and discuss their views of the truth.  Lady Bird Johnson once said, “the clash of ideas is the sound of freedom”.  In that spirit, the show seriously wrestles with important ideas… the participant often disagreeing with one another.  The hope is that through this wrestling a better understanding of the truth will develop with regards to the most important issues facing the world.

In other words, The Frederick Faith Debate is home to conflict resolution on the issues that matter most.  We can’t truly resolve anything without understanding.  And we can’t gain authentic understanding without honesty.  So, that’s what you get here.  A safe haven for honesty.  We share what we hold to be true and why.  Where there’s disagreement, we hash it out.  Because we know why we’re here, there’s no worry over hurt feelings.  At the end, if we fail to persuade each other within the confines of our program’s allotted time, we will at least know not only where we stand, but the reasons that we camp out where we do.

Host Bio

Troy is a lifelong Chicago sports fan who worked at several Chicago radio and TV outlets before moving to Orlando where he worked at country music station WFIV as the morning sports anchor and afternoon disc jockey for three years. He then worked as a news reporter/anchor/producer at News Talk station WWNZ for several years.

Troy also served as the network producer of the Orlando Magic Radio Network for this NBA team’s first two years of existence. He also became the senior producer/sidekick of a daily sports radio show before then being offered the opportunity to host his own call-in sports radio program on a network of seventeen stations throughout the state of Florida. Affectionately known to listeners as “Mr. Cub”, Troy’s wife, Dina became known as “Mrs. Cub” after he proposed to her live on the air. (Their two children were later dubbed “Babies Cub”.)

Troy departed Orlando to become Executive Producer of WSYR in Syracuse. One year later he was named Assistant Program Director for News Talk WSYR and Sports Talk WHEN. One year after that he added the title of MAPs Director. (Marketing, Advertising, and Promotions Director.) After one more year Troy was named Program Director for both WSYR and WHEN; before adding the responsibilities of News Director, as well.

During his time in Syracuse WSYR was the recipient of numerous local and regional Associated Press awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for news excellence, and the National Association of Broadcaster’s Crystal Award in recognition of service to the community.

Troy departed Syracuse to join the Affiliate Sales division of national program syndicator Westwood One. Then in 2001, Troy was in Frederick as a member of the WFMD/WFRE local sales team, where he was elevated to Local Sales Manager in 2004, General Sales Manager in 2007, and later to Director of Sales before leaving for a stint at WRBS radio in Baltimore, and then returning to WFMD/WFRE.

Troy holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Reformed Theological Seminary, and in 2004 began hosting The Frederick Faith Debate with Jonathan Switzer of Crossroads Valley Church and Crossed Bridges. Guests on the program have ranged from Buddhist to Baha’i. Roman Catholic to Eastern Orthodox. Atheist to Agnostic. Mormon to Muslim. Unitarian to Jewish. Charismatic to Presbyterian. Esoteric New Age Psychology adherent to Conservative Fundamentalist.