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Program Air Date: Sunday, October 21st, 2018 – 9am

Historical Context of Thomism. 

Thomism is the system of philosophy developed by Thomas Aquinas, a Catholic scholar who harmonized the philosophy of Aristotle with the theology of Christianity.  Thus, creating a system of thought that has become one of the most influential in history.  Aquinas’ philosophy was popular during his lifetime, but where did philosophy go after Aquinas?  For example, David Hume’s denial of a connection between cause and effect.  Charles Darwin’s view that is called Darwinism.  Kierkegaard’s leap of faith.  Here to help us know if something could come into being without any efficient cause, and to explain the principle of proportionate causality, are…

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Past-President of Frederick’s Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship, Founder of “Frederick 48”, Founder of Crossroads Valley Church, and most recently Founder of BRIDGES: Connecting needs and resources in Frederick County.

Haydn Booth.  Self-described layman of the Roman Catholic Church, Thomist, and lover of Christ.

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, October 14th, 2018 – 9am

Thomism.  What is it? 

Is Thomism heady stuff only for theological scholars, or can we all get a grasp of it?  Does Thomas Aquinas help us to philosophically prove the existence of God?  Ready to dive in and learn about form and matter, (hylemorphism) form without matter, (Act/Potency) pure act, and the four causes of material, formal, efficient, and final?  Oh boy!  Sounds fun.  Here to talk about this carnival of juicy topics are…

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Past-President of Frederick’s Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship, Founder of “Frederick 48”, Founder of Crossroads Valley Church, and most recently Founder of BRIDGES: Connecting needs and resources in Frederick County.

Haydn Booth.  Self-described layman of the Roman Catholic Church, Thomist, and lover of Christ.

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, October 7th, 2018 – 9am

Why does the question of interpretation matter in the “real world”?

This is the fourth and final show with our current esteemed panel.  This show will work to cover ground we’ve missed over the first three weeks, seek to take a deeper dive on particular questions, and provide an opportunity for tying up loose ends.  We’ve been using as a guide and outline for our discussions, the flow of a book which was edited by Michael J. Gorman.  It’s called “Scripture and Its Interpretation”.  Here are some questions we hoped to tackle as we entered the final show in the arc:

How has the Bible been received, and what is its significance (generally speaking)?

How does the Bible, and its interpretation, effect contemporary Christian existence?  (Spirituality, Ethics, Politics, Community)

How then shall we live?  (Mission, embodying Pentecost, etc.)

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Past-President of Frederick’s Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship, Founder of “Frederick 48”, former candidate for School Board in Frederick County, Founder of Crossroads Valley Church, and founder of BRIDGES.

Michelle Rader.  Lead Elder at Damascus Road Community Church, and student pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology degree from St. Mary’s College.

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, September 30th, 2018 – 9am

The question of interpretation across traditions

Different people can tend to interpret the Bible differently.  This raises the questions of how different interpretive groups emerged and whether this is a good or bad thing.  Is it unfortunate, or is it full of potential for deeper understanding?  This month we’ve been talking through some of the different approaches by various hermeneutical schools of thought.  In other words, groups that seem to perceive the Scriptures differently and how so.  In this episode the panel will touch briefly on the major interpretative traditions across denominational lines and theological schools of thought.  (Theological, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Spirit Hermeneutics, African, African American, Latino/Latina, Asian, Asian American, others)

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Past-President of Frederick’s Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship, Founder of “Frederick 48”, former candidate for School Board in Frederick County, Founder of Crossroads Valley Church, and founder of BRIDGES.

Michelle Rader.  Lead Elder at Damascus Road Community Church, and student pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology degree from St. Mary’s College.

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, September 23rd, 2018 – 9am

The question of interpretation across history

How do different cultures understand the Scriptures today in our country?  For example, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Latin-Americans might come at the Bible from differing angles.  So, too, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, Post-Modernists.  Last week’s panel is here to pick up where we left off with a discussion revolving around questions such as:

What has been the role of interpretation in the transmission and translation of the Bible?

What are the major interpretative traditions for understanding the Bible across cultures?

How about across time?  (Pre-modern, Modern, Postmodern methods)

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Past-President of Frederick’s Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship, Founder of “Frederick 48”, former candidate for School Board in Frederick County, Founder of Crossroads Valley Church, and founder of BRIDGES.

Michelle Rader.  Lead Elder at Damascus Road Community Church, and student pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology degree from St. Mary’s College.

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, September 16th, 2018 – 9am

Basics about the Bible

How have disparate cultures understood the Scriptures historically?  For example, Jewish vs. Christian, Alexandria vs. Antioch in the patriarchs, Rome vs. Constantinople, and Rome vs. Protestants.  During this show we’ll probably need to establish, early on, the basis for accepting that different groups might find themselves inclined to interpret the scriptures in different ways.  Here are some questions we’ll work to tackle:

What are the various ways one can view the Bible?  (Book, Library, Story, Invitation)

What sorts of “big picture” principles should inform one’s interpretation?  (Setting, Geography, History, Archaeology; for the OT, for the NT)

What place do extra biblical works have in the discussion, and how should “canon” be understood?

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Past-President of Frederick’s Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship, Founder of “Frederick 48”, former candidate for School Board in Frederick County, Founder of Crossroads Valley Church, and founder of BRIDGES.

Michelle Rader.  Lead Elder at Damascus Road Community Church, and student pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology degree from St. Mary’s College.

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, September 9th, 2018 – 9am

Look Back at September 11, 2001 

Seventeen years ago Troy Skinner’s family moved to Frederick.  During the time of transition, his family was in Maryland while he was in Manhattan.  And 9/11 happened.  This show looks back at the events of the day through the sounds and voices of that bring back such vivid images to our minds; and it looks back at the event of the day through the personal recollections of Troy’s odyssey being in NYC that fateful day.

The panel:

There is no panel for this show, just Troy Skinner.  930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate.

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, September 2nd, 2018 – 9am

“Who do you pray to?  He just saved your son!” 

Everyone has a story.  Each story is unique, and yet there are significant commonalities.  Recently a nationally syndicated radio show featured the miraculous healing story of Troy’s son Tylor.  On this episode of The Faith Debate Troy and Jon share their reflections and play for you the segment as it aired on the radio program called “Our American Stories”.

You can also link directly to the feature, as heard on Our American Stories by clicking here.  (If the link fails, here’s the url that can be copied and pasted into your address bar:  http://www.ouramericannetwork.org/story?title=Dr-Asks-Mother-Who-Do-You-Pray-To-They-Just-Saved-Your-Son).  Note:  The picture used by the national show’s website is not Tylor.  Below you can see a picture of the real deal (along with the rest of the family).

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Past-President of Frederick’s Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship, Founder of “Frederick 48”, former candidate for School Board in Frederick County, Founder of Crossroads Valley Church, and most recently Founder of Bridges in Frederick County.

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 26th, 2018 – 9am

Is the Earth Flat? 

A recent poll suggests that one out of every seventeen American’s believe the Earth to be flat.  What was once a fading worldview has been reinvigorated by the arrival of the internet.  What are some of the big-picture claims made by Flat-Earthers?  What, if anything, does the Bible say in answer to questions such as this?

Troy and Jon recently accepted an invitation to appear as guests on someone else’s podcast to interact with the host about his opinion that the Earth is, indeed, flat.  Somehow this audio was lost, and so that podcast will never be made available.  This episode of the Faith Debate is a re-cap of that discussion.

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Past-President of Frederick’s Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship, Founder of “Frederick 48”, former candidate for School Board in Frederick County, Founder of Crossroads Valley Church, and most recently Founder of Bridges in Frederick County.

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

Location Earth 2

Program Air Date: Sunday, August 19th, 2018 – 9am

What is the effect of sin on human reason?

How is the human soul affected by sin?  Are some parts of the human soul affected more seriously by sin than others?  Does the human heart have the freedom to emote without the hindrance of sin?  Can the human will act in a way that is not corrupted by sin?  Is it even appropriate to frame the question this way?

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Past-President of Frederick’s Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship, Founder of “Frederick 48”, former candidate for School Board in Frederick County, Founder of Crossroads Valley Church, and Co-Founder of The Faith Debate.

Andrew Messinger.  A movie-making, basketball-playing high school student who attends Faith Church in Frederick.  His congregation is part of the PCA (Presbyterian Church of America), which is squarely within what’s called the Reformed tradition.

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 12th, 2018 – 9am

Coming to and living in faith

What’s it mean to believe?  How does one come to believe?  Is it mostly the intellect of the brain?  The feelings of the emotional center?  The inner voice of the will?  What role do these things play in determining one’s actions/choices? After conversion what’s the remaining impact of sin on the Christian?

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Past-President of Frederick’s Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship, Founder of “Frederick 48”, former candidate for School Board in Frederick County, Founder of Crossroads Valley Church, and Co-Founder of The Faith Debate.

Andrew Messinger.  A movie-making, basketball-playing high school student who attends Faith Church in Frederick.  His congregation is part of the PCA (Presbyterian Church of America), which is squarely within what’s called the Reformed tradition.

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 two years.  He then worked as a news reporter/anchor and producer at news/talk station WWNZ.

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 now holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Reformed Theological Seminary, and in the autumn of 2004 he began hosting The Frederick Faith Debate with his good friend Jonathan Switzer of Crossroads Valley Church.  After twelve years with Jon, the show re-tooled with a new time slot, new theme music, and a new partner, Dr. Jace Broadhurst.  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.