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Program Air Date: Sunday, April 12th, 2020 – 9am

The Darkness of Opioids

On the panel for this show is a man who’s very thoughtful and who brings great questions and an engaging style.  Jonathan Switzer came to know Craig Longcor in September of 2019 when they worked shoulder-to-shoulder on the “Go Purple” campaign in Frederick.  This show talks about the opioid crisis that’s killing thousands upon thousands of Americans (and who knows how many countless individuals around the world) and what people in the faith community are doing about it.

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.

Craig Longcor.  A one-year radical believer in Christ who attends Bethesda United Methodist Church.

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 5th, 2020 – 9am

Do Jews Need Jesus?

There’s a man named Craig Longcor who has recently become a Christ follower.  He’s begun attending a United Methodist Church and, very sweetly, his wife attends with him even though she’s Jewish.  Well, one of the questions his wife has is why she can’t be saved without Jesus.  We explore the answer to that question on this edition of the Faith Debate.

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.

Craig Longcor.  A one-year radical believer in Christ who attends Bethesda United Methodist Church.

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 29th, 2020 – 9am

Impact of the Homosexuality Debate Upon the Christian Witness

Imagine you’re a new believer in Christ and you have a Jewish wife who is willing to attend Church with you, but she has lots of questions.  Questions like: Why are homosexuals so bad?”  “Why are some church members saying that they will grab their AR-57’s if ‘those homosexuals’ come to take their church?”  “Why is the denomination we attend about to split over the issue?”  Craig Longcor is just such a new believer and he happens to attend Bethesda United Methodist 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.

Craig Longcor.  A one-year radical believer in Christ who attends Bethesda United Methodist Church.

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 22nd, 2020 – 9am

The “Same Sex Marriage” Issue from a 30-Thousand Foot View

A stumbling block to many regarding the Christian faith has to do with the discourse about homosexuality.  In fact, it’s a stumbling block for entire denominations these days.  Just look at the battle royal over the past couple of years within the United Methodist Church.  Well, Craig Longcor is a new Christian who happens to be attending a United Methodist Church, and he has some questions.  He’s on the panel to get those darn questions answered.

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.

Craig Longcor.  A one-year radical believer in Christ who attends Bethesda United Methodist Church.

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 15th, 2020 – 9am

Trip Through the Library

Troy Skinner posted 52 book reviews in 2019.  This week features the tail end on that list with books 37 through 52.

The panel:

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

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

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Program Air Date: Sunday, March 8th, 2020 – 9am

Book Reviews

Last year Troy Skinner read 52 books in 52 weeks.  Last week, this week, and next week the shows feature Troy’s reviews of each book.  Note:  There’s a book mentioned within the show that Troy didn’t provide the book title of author name.  That book is “Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman.

The panel:

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

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

Books

Program Air Date: Sunday, March 1st, 2020 – 9am

Reading List

in 2019 Troy Skinner posted fifty-two book reviews in fifty-two weeks.  Approximately one-third of those reviews are shared on this show.

The panel:

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

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

Pile of Books

Program Air Date: Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 – 9am

Radio is the Original Social Media

This look back at social media from 2019 includes an open letter to Christians, a story often claimed to be about Einstein, some shade thrown at Punxsutawney Phil, and more!

The panel:

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

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

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Program Air Date: Sunday, February 16th, 2020 – 9am

Sharing

“Unplanned”.  Muslim Assimilation.  Abortion Clinics.  Climate Change.  Bryce Harper.  What do they have in common?  They all get talked about in this “Social Media Review” episode of the Faith Debate.

The panel:

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

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

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Program Air Date: Sunday, February 9th, 2020 – 9am

A Walk Down Social Media Lane

Some were funny, some serious.  Perhaps others were inane, while others were profound,  Troy Skinner has selected what he believes to be “the greatest hits” of his Facebook feed last year, based upon the Social Media feedback received..

The panel:

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

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

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Program Air Date: Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 – 9am

Snark, Pokes, Sarcasm, and More

The Methodist controversy over defining marriage, Chik-fil-A upsetting its fan base, hit songs, quotes form sermons, and more.  Relive the action for the past year of Social Media as Troy Skinner shares his Facebook memories.

The panel:

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

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault” here.

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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.