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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.

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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.

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

Recognizing a Call to Foreign Missions

If you attend a church, then you’ve likely heard your pastor mention the importance of overseas missions.  Perhaps you’ve even had missionaries visit your congregation.  Perhaps you’ve given financial support to foreign missions.  Perhaps you’ve even gone on your own short missions trip of a week or two or three.  But what’s the life like for full-time foreign missionaries… those who move their entire family to a third world country… and raise their children there?  On this episode of “The Faith Debate” we begin to find out.

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 7th, 2019 – 9am

“Scripture Verse Grenades” Launched in the Immigration Debate

Words found in Leviticus 19, Matthew 25, Romans 13, and other books of the Bible are used by Christians when arguing their point of view on United States border security and immigration reform.  Are these passages being used accurately and appropriately?  Two Christian pastors help place some of these Scripture verses in context during this final episode of a four-part series.

The panel:

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

Tim May.  Pastor at Pleasant View Church of the Brethren, Co-Host of “Mid-Maryland Live” (heard weekdays 3p-6p on WFMD)

Morgan Kochenower.  Pastor at Frederick Seventh-day Adventist Church.  (www.ariseforgod.org)

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Program Air Date: Sunday, March 31st, 2019 – 9am

The “Politics” of the Immigration Debate in Christian Churches

Some Christian pastors say erecting a wall at the border between The United States and Mexico is an act of violence.  Some Christian pastors say enforcing border security with a wall is a biblically sanctioned activity of the state.  How has this issue been allowed to divide the people of God?   Two Christian pastors help articulate the considerations for properly understanding the roles of church and state, and the role of religious conviction in civic politics.

The panel:

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

Tim May.  Pastor at Pleasant View Church of the Brethren, Co-Host of “Mid-Maryland Live” (heard weekdays 3p-6p on WFMD)

Morgan Kochenower.  Pastor at Frederick Seventh-day Adventist Church.  (www.ariseforgod.org)

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

Is “Illegal” Immigration Christian?

Some Christian pastors say that we find walls and other forms of border control exemplified in the Bible, so the state is doing its duty in enforcing immigration laws.  Some Christian pastors say increased border security comes at the cost of spreading the Gospel.  What’s the answer?  Two Christian pastors help us walk through the immigration debate in part two of a four-part series devoted to these questions.

The panel:

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

Tim May.  Pastor at Pleasant View Church of the Brethren, Co-Host of “Mid-Maryland Live” (heard weekdays 3p-6p on WFMD)

Morgan Kochenower.  Pastor at Frederick Seventh-day Adventist Church.  (www.ariseforgod.org)

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, March 17th, 2019 – 9am

Is “Trump’s Wall” Christian?

Some Christian pastors advocate for the construction of a wall at the United States southern border, and cite Scripture to defend their view.  Other Christian pastors say Jesus wants walls torn down, and if Jesus wants no walls, then we must want no walls, too.  Who’s right?  Who’s wrong?  Or is there a mixture of right and wrong?  Two Christian pastors help us walk through the “Trump Wall” question.

The panel:

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

Tim May.  Pastor at Pleasant View Church of the Brethren, Co-Host of “Mid-Maryland Live” (heard weekdays 3p-6p on WFMD)

Morgan Kochenower.  Pastor at Frederick Seventh-day Adventist Church.  (www.ariseforgod.org)

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, March 10th, 2019 – 9am

“That Terrifies Me… I’m Afraid”

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.

Note:  This show was originally scheduled for January 27th, 2019.  Due to a technical error the show intended for March 10th, 2019 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.  If you’re interested, here’s what that other show is 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.

Program Air Date: Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 – 9am

A Dialogue About Christian / Muslim Relations (Part 3)

Many Christians recognize a distinct pattern given in Matthew 18 for dealing with a problem, or more specifically, people who pose for us problems.  You might believe this is primarily talking about dealing with problems among believers, and that would be a good belief.  But it can be applied in many situations.  Doesn’t it always make sense to first go privately to the one with whom the problem exists?  Then take a couple of people with you, if necessary, to help clarify facts and avoid unnecessary argument?  And then ramp it up to the point where action must be taken by those in authority to do so, if it comes to that?  This makes sense, but it too rarely happens this way.  This is particularly true in today’s societal context, when Christianity intersects with Islam.  What to do, what to do.  Here to talk about it are the returning panelists from the past couple of shows.

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 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.

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.