Faith Debate

Faith Debate Blog

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.

Program Air Date: Sunday, December 9th, 2018 – 9am

Who’s “In” and Who’s “out” When Counting Followers of Jesus Christ?

To be “in” does there need to be agreement that there is one eternal God Who has created the entire universe?  And/or that Jesus was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life; that Jesus is God  – and a man who died and rose from the dead; that Heaven and Hell exist; that all people are sinners needing a Savior; that Jesus is the only way to a restored relationship with God?

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 2nd, 2018 – 9am

Best Strategies for Proclaiming the Gospel

This has to do with what’s called apologetics and evangelism.  The importance of knowing the truth about the Gospel is what, exactly?  The reasons why some people never convert to Christianity are what, do we think?  What hinders a person from converting?  What can Christian believers and leaders in the professional ministry do to help turn around the bad taste, the bad thoughts, that so many of our neighbors have?

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.

Ace Ray.  Longtime pastor who has spent time in the Carolinas, in DC, and in Maryland.  His is now Pastor of a new church in Frederick called The River International (meeting at North Frederick Elementary School).

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 25th, 2018 – 9am

Men’s Ministry (Particularly Jail and Post-Jail Ministry)

The church’s response to those who are incarcerated is what?  Should be what?  What are the spiritual, social, economic, and relational dynamics?  How does this play itself out in the prisons themselves?  How does it play out in the communities where former prisoners are working to plug themselves into the economy, the culture, the church?  How does it play out in individual, personal, lives?  How does it, and how should it, play out?

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.

Ace Ray.  Longtime pastor who has spent time in the Carolinas, in DC, and in Maryland.  His is now Pastor of a new church in Frederick called The River International (meeting at North Frederick Elementary School).

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 18th, 2018 – 9am

The Importance of Godly Leadership in Local Churches

How important, really, are godly leaders in churches?  We’re not asking about the lead pastor, but about the other leaders.  The elders, deacons, board members, committee chairs, and even paid office staff.  Is your church careful, thoughtful, and prayerful enough about filling these positions?  What happens when we get this wrong?  What happens when we get this right?

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.

Ace Ray.  Longtime pastor who has spent time in the Carolinas, in DC, and in Maryland.  His is now Pastor of a new church in Frederick called The River International (meeting at North Frederick Elementary School).

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 11th, 2018 – 9am

What is Frederick’s Spiritual Climate? 

What is the spiritual climate in Frederick?  Local pastors, on several occasions, have said that advancing the Gospel of grace in Frederick County is like “plowing pavement.”  This is not a common word picture, in any context.  Yet, several pastors… separate from and independently of… one another, have use this exact same phrase.  That’s pretty striking.  What does it mean for the church in our community, and what does our panel think about it?   Jon Switzer is the Founder of BRIDGES, connecting needs and resources in Frederick County.  And Ace Ray is a longtime pastor who has spent time in the Carolinas, in DC, and in Maryland.

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.

Ace Ray.  Longtime pastor who has spent time in the Carolinas, in DC, and in Maryland.  His is now Pastor of a new church in Frederick called The River International (meeting at North Frederick Elementary School).

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 4th, 2018 – 9am

Are There Limits on the “Book of Science” and/or the “Book of Special Revelation”?

Is the Book of Science a valid source of truth alongside the Bible as a book of revelation?  Post-modernism has practically given up trying to find any truth in science or Scripture.  Should Thomism, the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, be revived to provide answers that post-moderns have given up hope of finding?  Will Aquinas’ “negative theology” of metaphors and analogies satisfy?  Should Scripture be interpreted figuratively, depending on the context?  This and so much more is being tackled by…

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.

Haydn Booth.  Self-described layman of the Roman Catholic Church, Thomist, and lover of Christ.

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, October 28th, 2018 – 9am

Was Thomism Good for Christian Truth?

In response to the Reformation, the Catholic Church heavily endorsed the work of Thomas Aquinas, elevating Thomism to a status second only to the Bible itself, it would seem.  Other philosophical systems today disagree with Thomism on many points, but Thomism remains a dominant philosophical worldview.  Here this week to continue our conversation about empiricist observations, experiences necessary for knowledge, interpreting what we see and feel and understand are…

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.

Haydn Booth.  Self-described layman of the Roman Catholic Church, Thomist, and lover of Christ.

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, October 21st, 2018 – 9am

Historical Context of Thomism. 

Thomism is the system of philosophy developed by Thomas Aquinas, a Catholic scholar who harmonized the philosophy of Aristotle with the theology of Christianity.  Thus, creating a system of thought that has become one of the most influential in history.  Aquinas’ philosophy was popular during his lifetime, but where did philosophy go after Aquinas?  For example, David Hume’s denial of a connection between cause and effect.  Charles Darwin’s view that is called Darwinism.  Kierkegaard’s leap of faith.  Here to help us know if something could come into being without any efficient cause, and to explain the principle of proportionate causality, are…

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.

Haydn Booth.  Self-described layman of the Roman Catholic Church, Thomist, and lover of Christ.

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, October 14th, 2018 – 9am

Thomism.  What is it? 

Is Thomism heady stuff only for theological scholars, or can we all get a grasp of it?  Does Thomas Aquinas help us to philosophically prove the existence of God?  Ready to dive in and learn about form and matter, (hylemorphism) form without matter, (Act/Potency) pure act, and the four causes of material, formal, efficient, and final?  Oh boy!  Sounds fun.  Here to talk about this carnival of juicy topics are…

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.

Haydn Booth.  Self-described layman of the Roman Catholic Church, Thomist, and lover of Christ.

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, October 7th, 2018 – 9am

Why does the question of interpretation matter in the “real world”?

This is the fourth and final show with our current esteemed panel.  This show will work to cover ground we’ve missed over the first three weeks, seek to take a deeper dive on particular questions, and provide an opportunity for tying up loose ends.  We’ve been using as a guide and outline for our discussions, the flow of a book which was edited by Michael J. Gorman.  It’s called “Scripture and Its Interpretation”.  Here are some questions we hoped to tackle as we entered the final show in the arc:

How has the Bible been received, and what is its significance (generally speaking)?

How does the Bible, and its interpretation, effect contemporary Christian existence?  (Spirituality, Ethics, Politics, Community)

How then shall we live?  (Mission, embodying Pentecost, etc.)

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 founder of BRIDGES.

Michelle Rader.  Lead Elder at Damascus Road Community Church, and student pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology degree from St. Mary’s College.

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.