Faith Debate

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Program Air Date: Sunday, October 20th, 2019 – 9am

A Meeting All Due to an Introduction by Frederick’s “Morning Mayor”

Frederick’s newest author has written the book “Renewing Your Mind Daily”.  It seeks to immediately inform the reader that supernatural experiences are not exclusively reserved for Bible days.  They are a reality to be enjoyed even in this modern era.  Rohan Stewart says the book quickly dispels the myth that God no longer communicates with His children through dreams and visions, by capturing compelling testimonies of divine encounters experienced by a number of believers who have chosen to make prayer and fasting a lifestyle.

The panel:

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

Rohan Stewart.  Author of “Renewing Your Mind Daily”.

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 13th, 2019 – 9am

Multi-week Conversation: Part Three

One of your neighbors has written a book.  In it he exposes, through his personal experience and those of others, what he calls the unfathomable joy of tapping into God’s Omniscience.  This is Rohan Stewart’s first book.  “Renewing Your Mind Daily” shares a number of messages that he got through dreams, and he provides his case that the culture of God’s Kingdom mandates that its citizenry experience the supernatural realm.

The panel:

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

Rohan Stewart.  Author of “Renewing Your Mind Daily”.

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 6th, 2019 – 9am

Continuing a Talk With an Author

The book “Renewing Your Mind Daily” is brand new and has been written by a local, Rohan Stewart.  His book seeks to extract key elements of what he calls “Kingdom culture” from a combination of testimony, personal experience, and biblical events.  It’s a call away from conforming to the traditions of the world, and a call to being transformed by the renewing of your mind.

The panel:

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

Rohan Stewart.  Author of “Renewing Your Mind Daily”.

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, September 29th, 2019 – 9am

An Author and His New Book

There’s a new local author in Frederick.  He’s written a book titled “Renewing Your Mind Daily”, that’s described as an exhilarating forty-day devotional journey emphasizing the culture of God’s Kingdom. It talks about embracing a culture that highlights how renewing the way we think, can lead to transformation and a lifestyle of submission to the authority of the Kingdom of Heaven.

The panel:

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

Rohan Stewart.  Author of “Renewing Your Mind Daily”.

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, September 22nd, 2019 – 9am

To Fit or Not to Fit the Frederick Landscape, That’s the Question

The final episode of a four-part series has arrived.  Two Christian men have talked about how and why they became pastors, how and why their churches came to be located where they are, and how and why their ministries have taken the shape that they have.

This show we talk about the challenges of cultural obstacles.  There’s a distinct ethnic vibe with African churches.  What’s it like attempting to reach people who view life from differing vantage points?  How do our neighbors receive these congregations?  Do different cultural backgrounds profoundly change the way ministry is done?  Clement let me begin by turning to you.  How do you feel that your church fits into the Frederick landscape, and is it even important to be concerned with how well it fits or doesn’t fit?

The panel:

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

Dr. Neil Achaempong, Pastor of Covenant Family Chapel in Frederick County.

Clement Mbuyi, Pastor of International Tree of life 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, September 15th, 2019 – 9am

Beyond the Background and Formative Years of Ministry

This is part three of what’s proving to be a fascinating four-part series.  All start-up churches go through their fair share of change.  For example, Covenant Family Chapel will gather in Woodsboro (instead of downtown Frederick) beginning next month.  This show explores the considerations that go into weighing the need for change and the wisest path forward in making those changes.

The panel:

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

Dr. Neil Achaempong, Pastor of Covenant Family Chapel in Frederick County.

Clement Mbuyi, Pastor of International Tree of life 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, September 8th, 2019 – 9am

Two Pastors from Africa are Now Friends in Frederick

This month Covenant Family Chapel is meeting in Downtown Frederick.  Beginning next month, Covenant Family Chapel will meet in their new building in Woodsboro.  Dr. Neil Achaempong is pastor at Covenant Family Chapel.  He’s friends with Clement Mbuyi, who is pastor International Tree of life Church in Frederick.

This program talks about some specifics related to the Covenant Family Chapel move to Woodsboro; and the early days of International Tree of Life Church, starting with the prayer line, the first gathering as a congregation, and other relevant details.

The panel:

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

Dr. Neil Achaempong, Pastor of Covenant Family Chapel in Frederick County.

Clement Mbuyi, Pastor of International Tree of life 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, September 1st, 2019 – 9am

Challenges, Motivations, and Strategies for Church Plants

International Tree of life Church in Frederick began in 2011 by reaching  people through a weekly prayer line.  In 2012 they held their first service with just seven members. The church has since grown to about four dozen members.

Covenant Family Chapel is also in Frederick County, but they weren’t always.  They were down close to DC, then in northern Montgomery County, then on the west end of Frederick, then in downtown Frederick (which is where they are now, but not for long).  Beginning next month they will be in Woodsboro.

This week’s program begins a conversation with the pastors of these churches about the progression of development for young church plants.

The panel:

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

Dr. Neil Achaempong, Pastor of Covenant Family Chapel in Frederick County.

Clement Mbuyi, Pastor of International Tree of life 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, August 25th, 2019 – 9am

Pastoral Potpourri: The Lightning Round

When the Bible speaks of “the elect”, what/who is it talking about?  Does the answer do anything to how one thinks about isolation from God, doubts about God’s presence/provision, or even doubts about faith itself?  This wrap up to our “Ask the Pastor” styled series will cover as much ground as is legally allowable within 30 minutes.

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick.

Jerry Gilbert.  A curious Christian and friend of the show.

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, August 18th, 2019 – 9am

A Few Issues

Is God transcendent and angry or imminent and pleased?  How alike/different is the church of First Century compared to the church of the Twenty-First Century?  Has God wept because of hypocrites claiming to do evil things in His name?

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick.

Jerry Gilbert.  A curious Christian and friend of the show.

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, August 11th, 2019 – 9am

Marijuana and the Bible

Should cannabis be thought of as a first line option for Christians treating any number of issues common to the human condition, rather than being seen as a last resort?  For example, could it be used as a powerful tool in the battle against opiates, and thus helpful for harm reduction.  Answers are debated in this episode.

The panel:

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

Jonathan Switzer.  Founder of Crossed Bridges in Frederick.

Jerry Gilbert.  A curious Christian and friend of the show.

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.