Faith Debate

Faith Debate Blog

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.

Program Air Date: Sunday, August 5th, 2018 – 9am

The effect of sin on the human soul (especially as related to “lostness”)

What’s the relationship between what’s physical and what’s spiritual when it comes to our mind, our actions, our “fill-in-the-blank”?  Does sin negatively impact one’s reason/intellect/heart/emotion/mind/body/spirit/etc?  Can one’s emotions be trusted?  One’s intellect?  One’s will?  Does the Lord redeem one of these more quickly than the 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 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, July 29th, 2018 – 9am

How should a Bible believer understand the make-up of mankind? 

This show lays the groundwork for a four-part series by defining our terms.  What do we mean by Soul, Heart, Mind, Will?  Is it some combination of Heart, Mind, Will that form the human Soul?  Pretty deep philosophical question, isn’t it?  Helping to hash out questions of sin’s effect on humans are two guests who would each fit within the category of “evangelical 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.

Program Air Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 – 9am

The Middle East – Faith and Religion 

Dr. Jerome M. Segal, is running for US Senate in the June 26th Democratic Primary against a slate of candidates, including sitting US Senator Ben Cardin.  Dr. Segal is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International and Strategic Studies, Research Scholar at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland, and is President and founder of The Jewish Peace Lobby.  Despite his political and academic credentials, this show has an emphasis on the nature of God and related questions of faith/religion.

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. Jerome “Jerry” Segal.  Candidate for United States Senate, Author of “Joseph’s Bones: Understanding the Struggle Between God and Mankind in the Bible”, and Leader of a Sunday school Bible class as part of a Jewish Reconstructionist Chaverah for ten years.

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 15th, 2018 – 9am

The Middle East – The Politics 

The U.S., the U.K. and the French military responded with force after haunting images of poisoned and dying children surfaced in the aftermath of a chemical weapons attack in Syria.  President Donald Trump promised a swift response and followed through with bombings of strategic targets in Syria.  What does this mean?  What should we understand about the politics surrounding the building of Israeli settlements?  Is a two-state solution the answer to the Palestinian homeland question?  How should people view the strong hand of Benjamin Netanyahu in leading Israel’s government?  Should Jerusalem be recognized by the United States as the capital of Israel?  Is the PLO a terrorist organization?  We might not get to all of these questions, but we’ll do our best.

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. Jerome “Jerry” Segal.  Candidate for United States Senate, Author of “Joseph’s Bones: Understanding the Struggle Between God and Mankind in the Bible”, and Leader of a Sunday school Bible class as part of a Jewish Reconstructionist Chaverah for ten years.

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 8th, 2018 – 9am

The Middle East – The Theology 

Dr. Jerry Segal, from the University of Maryland, has spent much of his life involved at the highest levels in the Middle East peace process, including being the head of the Washington DC based Jewish Peace Lobby.  And now his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Maryland has recently been given the front page treatment by the oldest Palestinian newspaper in circulation, the influential Al Quds.  He is here to help us make sense of the toxic political pea soup in a region that contains Russians, Iranians, Syrians, Israelis, Turks, and Kurds.  Not to mention Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

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. Jerome “Jerry” Segal.  Candidate for United States Senate, Author of “Joseph’s Bones: Understanding the Struggle Between God and Mankind in the Bible”, and Leader of a Sunday school Bible class as part of a Jewish Reconstructionist Chaverah for ten years.

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 1st, 2018 – 9am

The Middle East – The Big Picture 

The Middle East is on fire.  At least it seems that way.  It has always seemed that way.  Why?  What’s at the root of the conflicts?  What’s been tried to bring peace?  And what should be tried next?  On the panel are two men who share their understanding of the history behind where we now stand.  What has brought us here?

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. Jerome “Jerry” Segal.  Candidate for United States Senate, Author of “Joseph’s Bones: Understanding the Struggle Between God and Mankind in the Bible”, and Leader of a Sunday school Bible class as part of a Jewish Reconstructionist Chaverah for ten years.

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 24th, 2018 – 9am

School Choice and the Role of Government in Education 

Dr. Tony Campbell is a candidate for U.S. Senate in the June 26th Republican Primary.  Dr. Campbell is a Charter School Board Member, Member of the Baltimore County School Board Nomination Commission, and father of two.  This week the Faith Debate discusses enabling the American Dream for all Marylanders, keeping America secure (particularly our schools), and ideas for education reform.  Jon Switzer joins in for this fourth and final show with Dr. Campbell.

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.

Dr. Tony Campbell.  Candidate for United States Senate, Author of “America Today” and “A More Perfect Union”, and part of the Political Science Faculty (teaching religion and politics) at Towson University.

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 17th, 2018 – 9am

Conservative, Black, Christian… and Running for Office in Maryland 

Dr. Tony Campbell is a candidate for United States Senate in the June 26th Republican Primary.  Dr. Campbell is a university professor with a PhD (and M.Div) from Liberty University and Former Army Officer (Chaplain).  This edition of the show takes time to discuss Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric, political friendships, Israel, and race.  Plus, a look at Dr. Campbell’s time as a Chaplain.

The panel:

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

Dr. Tony Campbell.  Candidate for United States Senate, Author of “America Today” and “A More Perfect Union”, and part of the Political Science Faculty (teaching religion and politics) at Towson University.

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 10th, 2018 – 9am

Conservatism (Politically & Theologically) in a Liberal State (Politically & Theologically) 

Dr. Tony Campbell is a candidate in the June 26th Republican Primary, seeking to unseat sitting United States Senator Ben Cardin.  Dr. Campbell is a published author, Presidential Appointee, Member of the American Legion, and Past Executive Board Member with the Maryland Republican Party.  This episode touches upon Dr. Campbell’s platform and the motivation behind his running for elected office.

The panel:

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

Dr. Tony Campbell.  Candidate for United States Senate, Author of “America Today” and “A More Perfect Union”, and part of the Political Science Faculty (teaching religion and politics) at Towson University.

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.