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Program Air Date: Sunday, February 24th, 2019 – 9am

A Dialogue About Christian / Muslim Relations (Part 2)

Disagreements and misunderstandings will happen in life, but is this ever an excuse to disrespect others?  The Bible does teach that people should speak to others with love.  Even if we have to deal strongly with certain people, love and respect should be our guide.  Our speech should be kind, but firm when necessary.  Speak firmly, but speak with respect.  Is this right?  If so, how is it accomplished when dealing with the kinds of people that history indicates might be especially difficult people for Christians to deal with?  Take Muslims, for example.  What is there to say about this?  Much.

The panel:

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

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

Jim Eaton.  Pastor of Mosaic Church.  (www.mosaicmaryland.com)

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, February 17th, 2019 – 9am

A Dialogue About Christian / Muslim Relations (Part 1)

Christians should try to get along with other people.  Right?  But what does that mean?  Does it mean Christians should always agree with people?  Does it at least mean not intentionally looking for opportunities to anger and upset people?  Romans 12 says, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”  This Bible verse does not say it is always be possible to live peaceably, but the effort should be there.  This is true with respect to all people, and therefore it is true with respect to Muslims.  On the panel to talk about Christians interacting with Muslims in today’s world are two area pastors.  es.  And Jim Eaton, pastor of Mosaic Church.

The panel:

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

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

Jim Eaton.  Pastor of Mosaic Church.  (www.mosaicmaryland.com)

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, February 10th, 2019 – 9am

A Listener Asks for Help, We Do Our Best to Provide Aid

For the past five weeks the show has focused on a series of emails received from a listener.  The first two shows (January 6th and 13th) did not have a panel discussion, as they were used to read to you the entirety of the email exchanges.  The following three shows featured a panel discussion about the contents of the emails.  This is the fourth of the panel discussions and the final episode of the six being dedicated to the questions raised within the emails.

The panel:

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

Imran “Raz” Razvi.  President of Conquered By Love Ministries and President of Higher Ground Financial Group.  Elder for “The Church that Meets at Imran’s House” (affiliated with The National Center for Family-Integrated Church).

Tami Razvi.  Wife to Imran and involved with all of the same ministries.  Together they have written 45 books on the subject of adoption and strengthening family relationships; travelling to speak at churches, conferences, schools, and to personally coach parents.

Daniel Razvi.  JD from Oak Brook College of Law.  Also part of Conquered By Love Ministries.  One of Imran’s and Tami’s thirteen children.  (All three of this week’s guests have appeared as Faith Debate panelists multiple times in the past, as well.)

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, February 3rd, 2019 – 9am

A Listener is Worried She’ll Go to Hell and is at Her “Wits End”

On January 6th and 13th we shared a lengthy email exchange between the show and a listener who is seriously wrestling with the question of her eternal salvation.  Then, on January 20th and 27th our panel began discussing the issues within the emails.  This program is part three of that panel discussion (and part five of the six shows being dedicated to the subject).

The panel:

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

Imran “Raz” Razvi.  President of Conquered By Love Ministries and President of Higher Ground Financial Group.  Elder for “The Church that Meets at Imran’s House” (affiliated with The National Center for Family-Integrated Church).

Tami Razvi.  Wife to Imran and involved with all of the same ministries.  Together they have written 45 books on the subject of adoption and strengthening family relationships; travelling to speak at churches, conferences, schools, and to personally coach parents.

Daniel Razvi.  JD from Oak Brook College of Law.  Also part of Conquered By Love Ministries.  One of Imran’s and Tami’s thirteen children.  (All three of this week’s guests have appeared as Faith Debate panelists multiple times in the past, as well.)

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, January 27th, 2019 – 9am

Note:  This show was originally scheduled for March 10th, 2019.  Due to a technical error the show intended aired on January 27th instead.  So, this missed show from January 27th has been moved to air March 10th.  In essence the two shows have flipped positions.  Look to the bottom of this post to see what the March 10th show will now be about.  Here’s what the January 27th show is now about:

A Dialogue About Christian / Muslim Relations (Part 4)

Sometimes you need to walk away.  Sometimes we need to step back and realize that it’s not personal, that a person’s argument might not center around us.  Sometimes we need to examine ourselves.  At all times we need to remember that we’re accountable to God.  Always we should pray for others, including our enemies.  Sometimes people must agree to disagree.  But always we are treat people with love.  How’s this going for us; particularly when Christians and Muslims are in the societal crossfire?  Here with the answers, we hope some answers anyway, are this week’s panelists (back for round four of a four round discussion).

The panel:

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

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

Jim Eaton.  Pastor of Mosaic Church.  (www.mosaicmaryland.com)

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

“That Terrifies Me… I’m Afraid” (now scheduled to air March 10th, 2019)

A listener asks how she can be sure that she’s been born again.  She’s concerned that her faith is too cold to be real.  Can you relate?  The Faith Debate panel tackles this concern with thoughtful analysis and heartfelt concern.

This is part two or a four part conversation.  (Note:  The entire email exchange between the show and the concerned listener was read on-air over the course of the two programs that led into this four-part panel discussion.  To hear this, listen to the podcasts from January 6th and January 13th.)

The panel:

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

Imran “Raz” Razvi.  President of Conquered By Love Ministries and President of Higher Ground Financial Group.  Elder for “The Church that Meets at Imran’s House” (affiliated with The National Center for Family-Integrated Church).

Tami Razvi.  Wife to Imran and involved with all of the same ministries.  Together they have written 45 books on the subject of adoption and strengthening family relationships; travelling to speak at churches, conferences, schools, and to personally coach parents.

Daniel Razvi.  JD from Oak Brook College of Law.  Also part of Conquered By Love Ministries.  One of Imran’s and Tami’s thirteen children.  (All three of this week’s guests have appeared as Faith Debate panelists multiple times in the past, as well.)

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, January 20th, 2019 – 9am

Response to “Question for Your Program”

A listener asks how a person can “take hold of Christ in the heart in a way that transforms”.  She is concerned that her faith is not genuine because God “seems abstract and distant”.  Then she adds, “I can’t imagine that I’m the only one having problems with this”.

Indeed she’s not alone in this.  So, a panel has been brought together to address these sorts of concerns.  This is part one or a four part conversation.  (Note:  The entire email exchange that the show had with the concerned listener was shared over the course of two programs – last week and the week before.)

The panel:

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

Imran “Raz” Razvi.  President of Conquered By Love Ministries and President of Higher Ground Financial Group.  Elder for “The Church that Meets at Imran’s House” (affiliated with The National Center for Family-Integrated Church).

Tami Razvi.  Wife to Imran and involved with all of the same ministries.  Together they have written 45 books on the subject of adoption and strengthening family relationships; travelling to speak at churches, conferences, schools, and to personally coach parents.

Daniel Razvi.  JD from Oak Brook College of Law.  Also part of Conquered By Love Ministries.  One of Imran’s and Tami’s thirteen children.  (All three of this week’s guests have appeared as Faith Debate panelists multiple times in the past, as well.)

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, January 13th, 2019 – 9am

“How Do I Make My Heart Trust God When He Seems Abstract To Me?”

A listener writes:

“How do I make my heart trust when God seems abstract?  Intellectually I know He is real, but not so to my heart and experience.  Since Jesus is Peace personified, I can’t know Him without having inner peace despite circumstances.   And since I haven’t peace, I must not have Him.  Isn’t this true?  I’m sorry to be so bleak, but that’s where I am.  I’ve talked to pastors and counselors, and they don’t understand….they seem to presume I’m saved simply because I’m concerned about it, but so were King Saul, Cain and Judas…I’m afraid I’m like them.”

This is the second half of a two-part show during which we read a series of emails from a listener and share the program’s responses.  The listener expressed hope that “The Faith Debate” would tackle the subject she has raised, and we will have a panel discussion about these questions.  But first we will complete the sharing of the email exchanges during this episode.

There is no panel for this particular show as Troy Skinner (930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate) flies solo for the week.  Incidentally, there is a sermon transcript link mentioned during the show.  Click here for that link.

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, January 6th, 2019 – 9am

“My Concern Is That I Haven’t Been Born Again… I’m Afraid.”

A listener writes:

“Hi Troy.  I’m interested in knowing how one takes hold of Christ in the heart in a way that transforms.  I’ve been stuck in this place for a long time, wanting the ‘penny to drop’, but that hasn’t happened.  I don’t have intellectual problems with the Bible….it’s that my heart hasn’t been melted in a way that results in joy, peace and a change of nature.  I’m not looking for an experience, but a genuine heart change and I don’t think it’s happened….I think I’d know if it had.  I know all ABOUT God, but can’t seem to connect with Him, personally.  I long to have a personal relationship with Jesus, but never have and it’s way past time.  He seems abstract and distant to me and I know that’s not right because He is, in reality, neither of those.”

The full letter, along with the response from the show, is shared during this episode.  The concerned listener also wrote, “I can’t imagine that I’m the only one having problems with this.”  She’s correct.  So, it is our hope that this show will be helpful to you, as well as to her.

There is no panel for this particular show as Troy Skinner (930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate) flies solo for the week.  Incidentally, there is a video link mentioned during the show.  Click here for that link.

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, December 30th, 2018 – 9am

How Political is Too Political?

The previous show looked at intramural questions facing the Christian church.  This show the focus turns to intermural questions, again using the National Day of Prayer as a case study.  How inclusive should it be?  For example, should people of all races be invited?  Both sexes?  Don’t worry, the questions get harder!  What about those  with divergent sexual “orientations” or “gender identities”?  How about people who don’t have legal standing to be in the United States?  Or skinheads and white supremacists?  Or “militant tree huggers”?  These examples are offered “tongue in cheek”, of course.

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.

Dr. Eliezer Valentin-Castañón.  Senior Pastor at Trinity United Methodist 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, December 23rd, 2018 – 9am

How Ecumenical is Too Ecumenical?

This is a real and serious question for Christ’s church.  As a case study, this shows looks at the National Day of Prayer.  Each spring a number of Christian church leaders gather with political leaders all across the nation to pray and encourage common values.  What faith traditions should be included and/or excluded from participating in National Day of Prayer events?

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.

Dr. Eliezer Valentin-Castañón.  Senior Pastor at Trinity United Methodist 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, December 16th, 2018 – 9am

Where Can Christians Disagree and Still Consider One Another To Be Fellow Believers?

Should views of a coming “rapture” from a great tribulation separate people within the church?  How about definitions for understanding the “Millennium”?  Or accepting that the gift of tongues is for today, or not?  Or debates over baptism of adults by immersion and baptism infants by sprinkling?

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.

Dr. Eliezer Valentin-Castañón.  Senior Pastor at Trinity United Methodist 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 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.