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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.

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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.

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

Homosexuality and the Christian Church

Have you heard?  The issue of homosexuality is bringing division to the Christian church in recent years.  The Episcopal church now allows the ordination of openly gay clergy, but not until after a big fight within the denomination.  The Methodist church had a big international denominational vote on allowing same sex marriage, just this year.  The measure did not pass, mostly because of Methodist leaders in Africa… putting them at odds with the majority of Methodist leaders in America.  It’s a contentious issue, and we’re going to “go there” for a few weeks on the Faith Debate, beginning this week.

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, October 27th, 2019 – 9am

15 Years of Debate: Behind the Scenes

How did “The Faith Debate” come into being?  How did the show get to where it is?  Where does it go from here?  This episode marks the completion of 15 full years of Faith Debating.  From the Bush years, through the Obama years, and into the Trump years; the show has evolved and been tweaked.  A couple of different co-hosts, dozens of guests, scores of topics, and much support from friends, family, sponsors, coworkers, and listeners.  This episode marks a celebration of what has come before by sharing a behind the scenes peak at the past, with anticipation of what is ahead.

No panel for this 780th episode, as Troy Skinner (930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate) shares the history of “The 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”.

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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.

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.