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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.

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

Heeding a Call to Reach Millennials

“Top 10 Church Faux Pas That Turn Off Millennials”.  “5 Things Millennials are Looking for in a Church.”  “Why Millennials are Really Leaving Religion (It’s Not Just Politics, Folks)”.  These are real headlines for real articles that Christian pastors are really reading.  So, let’s ask… How does the church tend to view Millennials and how do Millenials tend to view the 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 2nd, 2019 – 9am

Conversation with the Author of “The Shack”

Modalism, Potpouri (and more)

The runaway bestseller “The Shack” is emotionally tugging, easy to connect with personally, and wrestles with questions all people grapple with, at least sometimes.  Through the use of a simple plot, with simple characters, the author attempts to reveal his answers to compelling and challenging questions.  Why is there evil in the world?  Where is God when there’s tragedy?  What is the meaning and purpose to life?  And these answers have led some Christians onto a battlefield in a sort of civil war.  With “The Faith Debate” for the fourth time in a four-part series is the author of “The Shack”, William Paul Young.

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges, a parachurch organization in Frederick.

William Paul Young.  Author of multiple novels, including “The Shack”.

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, May 26th, 2019 – 9am

Conversation with the Author of “The Shack”

Christ, Universalism (and more)

In the acknowledgements, in the back of the novel titled “The Shack”, the author says that the book shows “the ways in which God works.”  The back pages of the book say that it offers “a magnificent glimpse into the nature of God.”  It also says that, “It offers one of the most poignant views of God and how he relates to humanity.”  In the story the main character has an encounter with God, or at least this is what the book intends the reader to understand.  But is it God?  The real God?  The biblical God?  On the show for part three of a four part dialog is the author of “The Shack”, William Paul Young.

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges, a parachurch organization in Frederick.

William Paul Young.  Author of multiple novels, including “The Shack”.

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, May 19th, 2019 – 9am

Conversation with the Author of “The Shack”

Religion & Law (and more)

“The Shack” is a movie that raked in tens of millions of dollars at the box office.  Before that, “The Shack” was a book that topped the best-seller lists… now with well over 20 million copies in print.  “The Shack” has sold more copies than “The Godfather”, “Jaws”, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”.  More than “The Grapes of Wrath”, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, and “The Old Man and the Sea”.  Even more than “The Exorcist”, “Catch-22”, “The Cat in the Hat”, and “The Joy of Sex”.  This very successful (and controversial) author is William Paul Young, and he is welcomed to the show via a long distance telephone call.

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges, a parachurch organization in Frederick.

William Paul Young.  Author of multiple novels, including “The Shack”.

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, May 12th, 2019 – 9am

Conversation with the Author of “The Shack”

The Nature of God (and more)

Over the past dozen years there’s been a fight in the Christian church.  This fight has not been merely along typical denominational lines, but has been more of a civil war kind of fight.  Evangelical versus evangelical.  Professing conservative Christian versus professing conservative Christian.  What’s been at issue?  “The Shack”.  It’s a movie, and before that it was a book.  The author is William Paul Young, and he joins the Faith Debate via a modern marvel called the telephone.

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges, a parachurch organization in Frederick.

William Paul Young.  Author of multiple novels, including “The Shack”.

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, May 5th, 2019 – 9am

View of America from a Foreign Missions Perspective

Many probably have a mental image of what things must be like in European countries.  As limited as this view might be, guesses can still be ventured as to the politics, the economy, the scenery, and the religious climate.  But what do the people living over there think about the U.S.?  What is their view of America… the politics, the economy, the scenery, the religious climate?  This episode of “The Faith Debate” holds up a mirror to America.

The panel:

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

Scott Wiersma.  Instructor at Evangelical Theological College in Tirana. Albania.  Associate Pastor with International Protestant Assembly, ministering in the Roma Outreach program, Spotlight English Clubs, IPA Youth Ministry, and as Coordinator of the Hospitality Team.

Suzi Wiersma.  Foreign Missionary to Albania since 2009, where she serves as the Women’s and Children’s Ministry Director, and provides home school teaching to the Wiersma children.

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, April 28th, 2019 – 9am

Christian Foreign Missions in a Predominantly Muslim Nation

News outlets have reported  on Muslims by the thousands streaming into Europe.  Politically this has often been framed either in humanitarian terms or in terms of an invading force.  Politics aside, there is the reality of life within a mix of Islam and Christianity.  There are situations in Europe where Christians are the distinct minority.  What does this mean for the church?  What does this mean for the culture of such a location?  What is the state of Christianity overseas?

The panel:

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

Scott Wiersma.  Instructor at Evangelical Theological College in Tirana. Albania.  Associate Pastor with International Protestant Assembly, ministering in the Roma Outreach program, Spotlight English Clubs, IPA Youth Ministry, and as Coordinator of the Hospitality Team.

Suzi Wiersma.  Foreign Missionary to Albania since 2009, where she serves as the Women’s and Children’s Ministry Director, and provides home school teaching to the Wiersma children.

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, April 21st, 2019 – 9am

Living Out a Call to Foreign Missions

We love stories, and true stories are the best.  Don’t you appreciate movies that say, “Based upon a true story and actual events”?  Last episode, “The Faith Debate” began to hear true stories from foreign missionaries, and this episode brings more.  What are the most dramatic, most mundane, most fear-inducing, most-challenging, most rewarding aspects to spending years of your life ministering the Gospel of Christ to hurting people by actually living among them; raising your children alongside their children; learning their language, their customs, their dreams?

The panel:

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

Scott Wiersma.  Instructor at Evangelical Theological College in Tirana. Albania.  Associate Pastor with International Protestant Assembly, ministering in the Roma Outreach program, Spotlight English Clubs, IPA Youth Ministry, and as Coordinator of the Hospitality Team.

Suzi Wiersma.  Foreign Missionary to Albania since 2009, where she serves as the Women’s and Children’s Ministry Director, and provides home school teaching to the Wiersma children.

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.