Faith Debate

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Program Air Date: Sunday, June 24th, 2018 – 9am

School Choice and the Role of Government in Education 

Dr. Tony Campbell is a candidate for U.S. Senate in the June 26th Republican Primary.  Dr. Campbell is a Charter School Board Member, Member of the Baltimore County School Board Nomination Commission, and father of two.  This week the Faith Debate discusses enabling the American Dream for all Marylanders, keeping America secure (particularly our schools), and ideas for education reform.  Jon Switzer joins in for this fourth and final show with Dr. Campbell.

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 Co-Founder of The Faith Debate.

Dr. Tony Campbell.  Candidate for United States Senate, Author of “America Today” and “A More Perfect Union”, and part of the Political Science Faculty (teaching religion and politics) at Towson University.

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, June 17th, 2018 – 9am

Conservative, Black, Christian… and Running for Office in Maryland 

Dr. Tony Campbell is a candidate for United States Senate in the June 26th Republican Primary.  Dr. Campbell is a university professor with a PhD (and M.Div) from Liberty University and Former Army Officer (Chaplain).  This edition of the show takes time to discuss Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric, political friendships, Israel, and race.  Plus, a look at Dr. Campbell’s time as a Chaplain.

The panel:

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

Dr. Tony Campbell.  Candidate for United States Senate, Author of “America Today” and “A More Perfect Union”, and part of the Political Science Faculty (teaching religion and politics) at Towson University.

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, June 10th, 2018 – 9am

Conservatism (Politically & Theologically) in a Liberal State (Politically & Theologically) 

Dr. Tony Campbell is a candidate in the June 26th Republican Primary, seeking to unseat sitting United States Senator Ben Cardin.  Dr. Campbell is a published author, Presidential Appointee, Member of the American Legion, and Past Executive Board Member with the Maryland Republican Party.  This episode touches upon Dr. Campbell’s platform and the motivation behind his running for elected office.

The panel:

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

Dr. Tony Campbell.  Candidate for United States Senate, Author of “America Today” and “A More Perfect Union”, and part of the Political Science Faculty (teaching religion and politics) at Towson University.

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, June 3rd, 2018 – 9am

Politics and Religion 

Dr. Tony Campbell is running for US Senate in the June 26th Republican Primary against a slate of ten other candidates, each hoping to eventually unseat sitting US Senator Ben Cardin.  Dr. Campbell is Past President of the Reagan Republican Club, Member of the NAACP, Treasurer for the Greater Towson Republican Club, and a Member of the P-20 Leadership Council.  This show has an emphasis on Dr. Campbell’s backstory (his bio and background).

The panel:

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

Dr. Tony Campbell.  Candidate for United States Senate, Author of “America Today” and “A More Perfect Union”, and part of the Political Science Faculty (teaching religion and politics) at Towson University.

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, May 27th, 2018 – 9am

The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful Truth – (3 John 1-12)  Part Two

This show offers a personal exploration of truth and love, and what this looks like in a world filled with error and hatred.  It is so very unfortunate that this short epistle is one of the most neglected books of the New Testament.  It is such an intimate view of the early church that is a veritable treasure to the church today… telling us what the Bible says about who Christians are in Christ.

No panel this time, as Troy Skinner (930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate) shares this message delivered from a local pulpit.

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, May 20th, 2018 – 9am

The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful Truth – (3 John 1-12)  Part One

In this show we read a letter together.  It is a letter of competing testimonies.  It is a letter of challenge (but mostly of encouragement).  It is a letter in which the author does not use his name, nor even the name of Christ.  And yet it is a letter in which names play a central role, especially as they relate to The Name.  The topic this week focuses on Third John 1-12 and is titled “The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful Truth”.

No panel this time, as Troy Skinner (930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate) shares this message delivered from a local pulpit.

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

Special Programming Note

Due to an audio file not loading correctly over the weekend the Faith Debate episode originally planned for May 13th did not air as scheduled.  Please accept our apology.  This program has been again placed on the schedule to air Sunday, May 20th at 9am.

Program Air Date: Sunday, May 6th, 2018 – 9am

The Epistles of John – (3 John 13-15)  PART TWO

This show brings to a close our extended look at “The Shack” book/movie.  (All together we have done three series on “The Shack”, totaling nine shows.)  Are you equipped to talk with others who might ask you questions about the issues it raises?  Do you even know what you believe, what you should believe, about these things?  The Apostle John would hope for you to know what you believe and why.  John would want Christians to understand the truth and be witness to the truth.  This is the endeavor we continue to undertake once more.

No panel this time, as Troy Skinner (930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate) shares this message delivered from a local pulpit.

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 29th, 2018 – 9am

The Epistles of John – (3 John 13-15)  PART ONE

 

This two-part mini- series puts a wrap on our extended look at “The Shack” as a case study.  What do many people in and around the church believe about the nature of God?  How well does this match up with biblical teaching?  What are the implications of these beliefs, both good and bad?  The book continues to be popular.  The movie is out on DVD and is likely to be a big gift item once again this year.  Do you know what “The Shack” teaches?

No panel this time, as Troy Skinner (930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate) shares this message delivered from a local pulpit.

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 22nd, 2018 – 9am

“Shackin’ Up” (Part Three)

On March 11th and April 15th the first two parts of a three part series were featured on the show.  The series takes an expanded look at the book (and movie) The Shack, using the Third Epistle of John (verses 13 to the end) as a “jumping off point”.  Are The Shack’s theological claims biblical?  This is the third (and final) part of a series that pulls audio from a sermon preached in 2017.  “The Shack” has both fans and detractors.  Some of what The Shack teaches is good, some is bad, and some is ugly.  The “good” and the “bad” were highlighted in parts one and two, So, by default, Part Three mostly focuses on “the ugly”.

The panel:

No panel this time, as Troy Skinner (930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate) shares this message delivered from a local pulpit.

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 15th, 2018 – 9am

“Shackin’ Up” (Part Two)

One month ago the first part of a three part series was presented on the program.  It was the first portion of a sermon loosely based upon the Third Epistle of John (verses 13 to the end), but really was more of an extended look at the theological claims made by the author of the book (and then movie) “The Shack”.  This is the second of a three part series that pulls audio from a sermon preached in 2017.  “The Shack” has stirred up plenty of controversy because it contains some things that are good, some things that are bad, and some things that are ugly.  Part Two mostly focuses on “the bad”.

The panel:

No panel this time, as Troy Skinner (930 WFMD Host/Moderator of The Faith Debate) shares this message delivered from a local pulpit.

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.