Faith Debate

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Program Air Date: Sunday, January 26th, 2020 – 9am

Where does a Small Church Go from Here?

Living Faith Ministries is a very small church, with about a-dozen-and-a-half people involved right now.  The typical Sunday worship service has approximately twelve people in attendance.  So, if just one or two married couples miss the worship service on any particular Sunday then attendance that week is down 15% to 20%.  What’s the focus need to be in a situation like this?  And what’s the wisest path forward?

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  Faith Debate host and Pastor of Living Faith Ministries in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick, Maryland.

Roland & Dottie Stover and Michael & Kelli & Diane Lichtenburg.  Members/Leaders at Living Faith Ministries.

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 19th, 2020 – 9am

The Process and Purpose of Hiring a Pastor

When a pastor was sought for Living Faith Ministries in Hagerstown, the congregation undertook a somewhat unconventional path forward.  What was the hiring process and motivational purpose of the church when bringing on board a man to be under shepherd for this particular flock of God’s people?

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  Faith Debate host and Pastor of Living Faith Ministries in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick, Maryland.

Roland & Dottie Stover and Michael & Kelli & Diane Lichtenburg.  Members/Leaders at Living Faith Ministries.

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 12th, 2020 – 9am

What is Church?

There’s a church in Hagerstown called Living Faith Ministries that existed for two years without a pastor.  How did that work?  What were the words of caution they heard from others?

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  Faith Debate host and Pastor of Living Faith Ministries in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick, Maryland.

Roland & Dottie Stover and Michael & Kelli & Diane Lichtenburg.  Members/Leaders at Living Faith Ministries.

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 5th, 2020 – 9am

Starting a Church Without a Pastor

Lots of people leave a church.  Some leave forever.  Others leave for another church.  Some then leave these other churches and bounce from church to church hoping to find an ill-defined feeling of “home”.  If unsuccessful and frustrated, then what?  Start your own church, even without a pastor!  That’s what happened with Living Faith Ministries in Hagerstown.

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  Faith Debate host and Pastor of Living Faith Ministries in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick, Maryland.

Roland & Dottie Stover and Michael & Kelli & Diane Lichtenburg.  Members/Leaders at Living Faith Ministries.

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 29th, 2019 – 9am

The Positives and Negatives of House Churches

With a seemingly increased number of American Christians choosing to attend house churches (as opposed to attending big traditional churches), what are the consequences of their choice?  In other words, by being involved with a house church, what do they gain that’s good?  What do they gain that’s bad?  What do they unfortunately lose?  What do they lose that they are glad to have lost?

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  Faith Debate host and Pastor of Living Faith Ministries in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick, Maryland.

David Forsee.  Church Planter of a new Frederick house church which gathers in his home.

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 22nd, 2019 – 9am

Is the House Church Movement Unique to a Particular Branch of Christianity?

As more and more small house churches begin to dot the American church landscape, is there a particular “flavor” of Christianity that’s leading the charge?  For example, are Charismatic Christians more likely to prefer a house church?  Or is it more about general cultural perspectives, perhaps similar to what stands behind the homeschooling movement?

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  Faith Debate host and Pastor of Living Faith Ministries in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick, Maryland.

David Forsee.  Church Planter of a new Frederick house church which gathers in his home.

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 15th, 2019 – 9am

Why House Church?

More and more people are leaving big traditional churches in favor of churches that meet in a living room.  These are not merely church planters with dreams of one day growing into a big traditional church.  These are church planters who intend to keep their churches meeting in living rooms forever.  What is the motivation that lies behind pursuing this idea?

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  Faith Debate host and Pastor of Living Faith Ministries in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick, Maryland.

David Forsee.  Church Planter of a new Frederick house church which gathers in his home.

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 8th, 2019 – 9am

Leaving Traditional Church for a House Church

There is a movement in the American church that would appear to be gaining momentum.  People are forsaking churches that meet in large sanctuaries in favor of churches that meet in someone’s living room.  This episode of the Faith Debate shares the backstory of a pastor who left a big, highly structured church to begin leading a small, loosely structured church that meets in his home.

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  Faith Debate host and Pastor of Living Faith Ministries in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick, Maryland.

David Forsee.  Church Planter of a new Frederick house church which gathers in his home.

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, November 24th, 2019 – 9am

Are Those Drawn to Homosexuality Born That Way?

If a person identifies as same-sex-attracted, shouldn’t they be able to be in a gay relationship if they want to?  And who are Christians to judge in saying one way or the other.  Doesn’t the Bible say not to judge?  Plus, Christians don’t follow the Old Testament dietary laws, or things like that. So, then, why should Christians follow the Old Testament view that homosexuality is a sin?  The New Testament says explicitly that God is love.  So, two gay people should be able to love each other if they want to, shouldn’t they?  Besides, being gay doesn’t hurt anyone, does it?  Or does is?  Regardless, what’s the big deal?  This episode wraps up the Faith Debate’s four-part series on the LGBTQ+ issue facing the Christian church.

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  Faith Debate host and Pastor of Living Faith Ministries in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick, Maryland.

Sharon Watts.  Rector at Grace Episcopal Church in New Market, Maryland.

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, November 17th, 2019 – 9am

The Case for Traditional Marriage in the Christian Church

What does the Bible say about homosexuality?  What does Christian tradition say about it?  Can two people of the same sex be married?  Why or why not?  When, if ever, is sexual intercourse a sin?  What makes us say so, whatever our answer?  The panel today talks about biblical teaching on the issue, with interest in key passages of Scripture that are often put forward by those exclusively favoring monogamous heterosexual union.

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  Faith Debate host and Pastor of Living Faith Ministries in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick, Maryland.

Sharon Watts.  Rector at Grace Episcopal Church in New Market, Maryland.

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, November 10th, 2019 – 9am

The Case for Homosexuality in the Christian Church

Politically there’s been a move to have what some call “same-sex marriage” recognized in all 50 of the United States.  This has had an important judicial component, too, as the courts have heard lawsuits over making cakes for what some call “gay weddings”.  Culturally there has been an ongoing push into waters that, some argue, continue to flow from the sexual revolution of the previous century.  The panel today talks about worldview presuppositions which impact one’s position on the issue, with special emphasis on key components of the argument that is put forward by those favoring the acceptance of homosexuality.

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  Faith Debate host and Pastor of Living Faith Ministries in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick, Maryland.

Sharon Watts.  Rector at Grace Episcopal Church in New Market, Maryland.

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.