Christian Parent, Crazy World
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Christian Parent, Crazy World

Catherine Segars

The Christian Parent, Crazy World podcast with Catherine Segars is dedicated to helping you be a godly parent in an ungodly world. Catherine is an expert in Christian Apologetics for parents and every episode helps moms and dads understand what is going on in our current culture and how Christians can and should respond.


Topics covered on this podcast include:



  • What to Do If Your Child Walks Away from the Faith

  • Can Our Words Change the Future?

  • Why Are So Many Kids Falling Away from The Faith?

  • 13 Ways To Be a Better Parent This Year

  • 5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About Gen Z

  • What Critical Foundation Do Many Parents Miss When Discipling Their Kids?

  • How To Teach Your Kids the Christian Worldview 

  • Hope and Strategy for Parents of Prodigal Children


Want to read some of Catherine's most popular Christian parenting articles? Check them out here: https://www.crosswalk.com/author/catherine-segars/

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10 Practical Ways That You Can Experience God Like Never Before- Ep. 101
May 6, 2024 - 34 min
In the last episode, Catherine highlighted the five primary apologetic approaches for defending the Christian faith. While varying greatly on inception points, strategy, philosophy and subject matter, all of the approaches agree on the superiority of one defense.   That is—EXPERIENCE.   A person’s experience with God is powerful and preeminent. Offering a personal testimony of how God has transformed your life is the one defense that no one can dispute, because it is your experience. A personal encounter with God solidifies one’s faith, making it rational, robust, and enduring.   So how can we have a practical encounter with God?   Catherine walks us through 10 practical ways that we can experience God:   Make God your priority (engage with God’s Word, worship, and prayer daily). Plant yourself in the local church. Practice honest reflection and repentance. Fast regularly. Shake up your schedule with sacrifice. Get involved with a mission or ministry. Go on a mission’s trip. Go on a nature walk. Start a spiritual journal. Read a biography on a missionary or great Christian leader.   The items on this list are not revolutionary, but implementing them are. Start with the first three, which need to be a part of every believer’s daily discipleship, and then choose a few others to try. As you commit to prioritizing God, you will experience Him in new and exciting ways.   EPISODE RESOURCES:   Resource on church wounds: Episode 44 – Have You Or Your Kids Been Wounded in the Church? Driven By Eternity: Make Your Life Count Today and Forever by John Bevere Fasting: Open the Door To a Deeper, More Intimate, More Powerful Relationship with God by Jentezen Franklin The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boon A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliott The Intercessor  (Reese Howell) by Norman Grubb The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun Hero Tales: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes by Dave and Neta Jackson   SCRIPTURES REFERENCED:   Matthew 6:21 & 33 Hebrews 20:25 Psalm 62:5-8 2 Tim. 1:6-7 Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
The #1 Factor in Maintaining a Lifelong Faith - Ep. 100
April 29, 2024 - 32 min
Catherine offers a powerful message worthy of CP/CW’s 100th episode by revealing the #1 factor in maintaining a vibrant, lifelong faith, which corresponds perfectly with the #1 prayer every parent should pray over their kids. The answer to this question should interest us as followers of Christ personally and as parents.   In her apologetic studies, Catherine discovered one defense of the faith that every believer is qualified to employ. She begins by summarizing the five primary approaches for defending the Christian faith. They are the:   1. Classic Method – a 2-step approach that begins with natural theology (the knowledge we acquire about God without Scripture or special revelation) to prove Intelligent Design and then proceeds to establish God as that intelligent being.   2. Evidential Method – 1-step approach that relies heavily on evidence, in particular miracles, to prove the existence of God.   3. Cumulative Method – a flexible method that utilizes various arguments and approaches to present an overwhelming case for the existence of God.   4. Presuppositional Method – a method that presupposes God’s existence due to the effect that sin has on our capacity to think and reason.   5. Reformed Epistemological Method – a method that de-emphasizes proof or evidence and focusses on the way that people actually acquire beliefs.   These approaches vary quite a bit, but they all agree on one very important factor—that is experience. Having an experience with God is reason enough for believing in Him. Every believer can have a rational, justified faith by experience alone. And every follower of Christ can offer a powerful apologetic by simply sharing their experience with God.   So what is the #1 factor in maintaining a lifelong faith?   Experiencing God.   And what is the most important prayer every parent should pray over their kids?   “Lord, please help my child to have a powerful encounter with You.”   Tune in next when Catherine offers 10 practical ways that you and your kids can experience God.   EPISODE RESOURCES:   Five Views on Apologetics, Steven B. Cohen ed. Signature in the Cell by Dr. Stephen Meyers C.S. Lewis Quote Richard Dawkins Quote John 9 – Jesus heals the man born blind Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Is Christianity Just a Religion of Do's and Don'ts? - BEST OF Ep. 4
April 22, 2024 - 23 min
Many people look at the Christian faith as just a religion of do’s and don’ts.   Is it?   This is a question we need to be very clear on as parents., for ourselves and for our kids. If our children think that the faith is just about all the things we can’t do and all the things we have to do, then they don’t really understand what Christianity is all about. And they probably won’t stick around. They will become a part of the majority of kids who are leaving the faith when they leave the nest.   God never intended for our relationship with Him to be a labor-intensive checklist that is more of a burden than a delight. If this is how your kids approach the faith, chances are at some point they will chuck it for a belief system that doesn’t make them feel like they must constantly perform to be acceptable.    So what are all those do’s and don’ts about in Scripture?   Catherine explains that the do’s and don’t are about protecting us, not making us acceptable to our heavenly Father. Christ’s atoning work on the cross makes us acceptable to God. The don’t list isn’t comprised of a bunch of good stuff that God inexplicably doesn't want us to do—it contains what leads us to bondage. And God’s overwhelming heart is not to condemn us; it is to free us.   Scripture shows how Christ is the Good Shepherd who leaves the 99 sheep who are doing the do’s to go after the one sheep being wounded by the don’ts. The Gospel of John depicts God as a passionate father who longs for his lost, don’t-doing child to come home. The list of do's and don'ts in Scripture are an expression of God's love for his children, his concern to protect his children, and his desire for them to thrive.   Enjoy the re-airing of this favorite early episode of CP/CW and tune in next week for a very special 100th episode of the show!   EPISODE RESOURCES:   The tree of knowledge of good and evil: Genesis 2:15-17 Church of the Highlands: Freedom Curriculum The Parable of the Lost Sheep: Luke 15:1-7 The Parable of the Lost Son: Luke 15:11-32 Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How To Parent a Prodigal Child (w/ Laurie Christine) - Ep. 99
April 15, 2024 - 31 min
The youth exodus is a very real concern for Christian parents. Much of CP/CW’s content is aimed at assuaging this falling away from the faith in our youth.   But what does a parent do when they have a child who is questioning or has left the faith? How do you parent the prodigal child?   Catherine answers these questions with hard-earned, first-hand experience by offering these vital guidelines:   1. Love your child unconditionally, regardless of what they think, say, or do. 2. Rid the obstacles in your child's life in prayer. 3. Recognize and respect what stage of parenting you are in: Caregiver, Cop, Coach, or Counselor. 4. Prayerfully establish Godly boundaries. Blessings come from boundaries. 5. Apologize for mistakes. Humility is a bridge builder. 6. Do not try to convince or convict your child. That is the Holy Spirit’s job. 7. Do not coerce or control your child. That is how the enemy works.  8. Remember that your child does not need a sermon. They need an encounter with God.   Laced throughout this advice are keen insights and critical direction on how to build a strong relationship with a teen or adult child who is on the prodigal path. There are things that can help to draw a child closer to God, and there are things that may seem right but are, in fact, counterproductive. They may push a child further from God.   When a child questions the faith, we must patiently answer their questions. If they leave the faith, we must love them with no strings attached and fervently pray for them to have an encounter with God. Loving our kids like Christ while not compromising truth is the most important way we can minister to them in a place of wandering or doubt.   Joining Catherine in the hosting chair is Laurie Christine, an author, podcast host, Biblical Parenting Coach, wife, and mom of four loud, adventurous boys. Her podcast, Redeeming the Chaos, invites moms of boys to join her on the wild, wonderful adventure of raising courageous boys and connecting them with Christ Her new devotional book for boys, Rise of the Enemy, was released on Amazon last year.   EPISODE RESOURCES:   EPISODE 14: How To Battle for Your Kids in Prayer   Get Catherine’s Prodigal Bundle including a Scripture Prayer List for Children Who Have Left the Faith: Subscribe HERE Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
The 7 Biggest Reasons Gen Z is Leaving the Faith (w/ Laurie Christine) - Ep. 98
April 8, 2024 - 38 min
Studies show that a majority of kids raised in Christian homes are leaving the faith when they leave the nest. It is vital that we understand the primary reasons why young people no longer believe if we want to help them return to the faith.   In this episode, Catherine airs an important conversation she had recently on the Redeeming the Chaos Podcast with Laurie Christine. Catherine and Laurie discuss new research which tells us why young people are bailing on Christianity. Highlighted are the 7 most prominent reasons Gen Zrs cite for walking away from the Christian faith. They are:   1. I have a hard time believing that a good God would allow so much evil or suffering in the world (29%): see EPISODE 66 w/ Dr. Douglas Groothuis 2. Christians are hypocrites (23%) 3. I believe science refutes too much of the Bible (20%) See Dr. Stephen Meyer: Signature in the Cell, The Return of the God Hypothesis, and Darwin’s Doubt; also see Dr. John Lennox (The “God Delusion “ Debate with Richard Dawkins) 4. I don’t believe in fairy tales (19%) see “The Case for Christ” & “The Case for Christ for Kids” by Lee Strobel 5. There are too many injustices in the history of Christianity (15%) see Episode 9: How Does Christian Worldview Creates the World We all Want to Live”, see Episodes 93, 94, & 95 w/ Os Guinness 6. I used to go to church, but it’s just not important to me anymore (12%) 7. I had a bad experience in church/with a Christian (6%) see Episodes 39, 40, 41, & 42; see “When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community from Emotional & Spiritual Abuse” by Dr. Chuck DeGroat   Catherine offers some helpful resources to consult if a child you know has embraced one of these claims about Christianity, and she and Laurie also offer some helpful resources for discipling younger kids in the faith.   BIO: Laurie Christine is an author, podcast host, Biblical Parenting Coach, wife, and mom of four loud, adventurous boys. He
When You Raise Your Child Biblically and They Leave the Faith (w/ DJ Harry) - Ep. 97
April 1, 2024 - 49 min
There is no formula for raising a child to be a lifelong follower of Christ. There is no 5 or 10 or even 20-step program to raising godly kids. Parents have a vital part to play as we commit to raise our children biblically, but we cannot choose the faith for our kids.   So what happens when you do your part as parents. You are diligent about training your kids biblically, and the spiritual formation of your children is first and foremost in your mind. You have gone to church but didn’t leave the responsibility of teaching your kids up to the church.  You have done the devotionals, taught the Bible stories, memorized the Scriptures, and you’ve had the deep conversations…   And you get a different result than you were expecting.   Your child doubts. Your child wanders. Your child takes a different path, perhaps the prodigal path. What then?   Catherine and her guest DJ Harry cover this tear-jerking territory as they continue to glean parenting wisdom from the book of Daniel. Pastor Harry shares the following powerful parenting lessons from the first chapter of Daniel:   We don't get to choose when or how our children's faith will be tested. (Daniel 1:1) A well-rounded education is a necessary part of significant influence. (Daniel 1:4) There was an intentional transfer of faith from Daniel's parents to Daniel. (Daniel 1:8) Daniel knew how to appeal to his ungodly authorities Daniel. (Daniel 1:11-13)   But even when we parent biblically to the best of our ability, even when we apply all these lessons, some kids will choose to wander. That does not absolve parents from our responsibility to train our children in the way they should go, which includes taking to heart these incredible lessons we can learn from the book of Daniel.   But the results are not up to us.   Parents must remember that we are not judged by God for our results. We are judged by God for our faithfulness. And our faithfulness in standing our ground, in maintaining that godly witness as our kids go out on their own, and our faithfulness to pray over our kids every day—that work will not return void.   DJ HARRY’S BIO: DJ and Lorrie Harry have been spent their entire lives ministering to others. Their early years were spent in the classroom where they developed a love for teaching and building relationships. In recent years, DJ has served as the Senior Pastor at Needham’s Grove Baptist Church in Seagrove, NC. Together, they currently host the Better Together podcast and love speaking at couples retreats and parenting conferences. DJ and Lorrie have a desire to encourage and equip young couples as they walk down the road of marriage and parenting.    OTHER EPISODES IN THIS SERIES:   Episode 96: Raising Kids To Stand Strong in a Godless Culture   OTHER PODCASTS MENTIONED:   Episode 55 – Better Together: Tools To Empower Your Kids against Cultural Pressures   RESOURCES REFERENCED:   DJ Harry’s website The Better Together Podcast To receive a free copy of The Prodigal Bundle, subscribe HERE. Alliance Defending Freedom   SCRIPTURES REFERENCED:   Daniel 1:1, 4, 8, 11-13 Proverbs 22:6 Ecclesiastes 8:14 Galatians 6:9 Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
Raising Kids To Stand Strong in a Godless Culture (w/ DJ Harry) - Ep. 96
March 25, 2024 - 38 min
Raising kids to stand strong in the faith while living in a godless culture is the greatest challenge Christian parents face today. In a world where a majority of kids from Christian households leave the faith after leaving the nest, what can Christian parents do to establish a firm spiritual foundation for their children?   Catherine and Pastor DJ Harry look to the book of Daniel to answer that question.   Four young men in this prophetic Old Testament book stayed committed to God in a very dark and godless culture. They stood when everyone else bowed. They prayed to the one true God when it could cost their lives. DJ has identified four lessons that parents can take from Daniel and his friends that will aid in the spiritual formation of our children. The first two lessons are covered in this episode. They are:   We don't get to choose when or how our children's faith will be tested. (Daniel 1:1) “In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.”  A well-rounded education is a necessary part of significant influence. (Daniel 1:4) Daniel and his friends were “young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace.” We don’t know when or how our children will be tested, so we must be diligent about establishing a well-rounded spiritual education for our kids. It is our job as godly parents to be very intentional about the spiritual formation of our children. That preparation is the rich soil from which the seeds of truth can flourish. God plants the seeds. As parents, we nourish the soil and put our kids in environments where that planting can take place.   DJ HARRY’S BIO: DJ and Lorrie Harry have been spent their entire lives ministering to others. Their early years were spent in the classroom where they developed a love for teaching and building relationships. In recent years, DJ has served as the Senior Pastor at Needham’s Grove Baptist Church in Seagrove, NC. Together, they currently host the Better Together podcast and love speaking at couples retreats and parenting conferences. DJ and Lorrie have a desire to encourage and equip young couples as they walk down the road of marriage and parenting.    Links:   DJ Harry’s website The Better Together Podcast To receive a free copy of The Prodigal Bundle, subscribe HERE.   “Most Teenagers Drop Out of Church When They Become Young Adults” Lifeway Research   SCRIPTURES REFERENCED:   Daniel 1:1, 4 Matthew 24:8 Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
How Godly Parenting Is Central to Sustaining Faith & Freedom (w/ Os Guinness) - Ep. 95
March 18, 2024 - 32 min
As parents, we have a central role to play in passing on faith and freedom to the next generation. The spiritual soil of our kid’s lives is nurtured first and foremost by us through modeling the biblical life, through education and prayer, and through the stories we pass on to our kids about the faith.   Catherine wraps up a trilogy of conversations with world-renowned freedom expert, Os Guinness, author of The Magna Carta of Humanity: Sinai’s Revolutionary Faith and the Future of Freedom. In this episode, they discuss:   The origin and DNA of ordered freedom. The magnitude of the Genesis declaration that we are made in God’s image. The decline of the west leading to a need for renewal. The power of the creative minority. How parents have the greatest part to play in passing on freedom, equality, human dignity, and faith.   What makes the greatest difference in human history?   It is the stories parents tell our children. It is the truth we instill in them. It is the faith they see lived day in and day out from us as ordinary parents planting the seeds of an extraordinary God in the hearts of our kids. This simple but profound work is what makes the difference in the lives of our children, our communities, our country, and our world.   OS GUINNESS' BIO: Os Guinness is an author, social critic, and great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer. Os has written or edited more than 30 books that offer valuable insight into the cultural, political, and social contexts in which we all live. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.   Os Guinness WEBSITE The Magna Carta of Humanity: Sinai’s Revolutionary Faith and the Future of Freedom   OTHER EPISODES IN THIS SERIES:   EPISODE 94: “The Dilemma Christians Face at the Ballot Box” EPISODE 93: “What Most Americans Don’t Understand about Freedom”   SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Deuteronomy 11:18-21 Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
The Dilemma Christians Face at the Ballot Box (w/ Os Guinness) - Ep. 94
March 11, 2024 - 35 min
The crisis of leadership in our country is palpable right now, and Christian parents feel that challenge in big ways and small. We don’t have a pure choice at the ballot box, particularly on the national stage. Many Christians have a crisis of conscious when choosing a presidential leader.   How should we respond?   Catherine continues her conversation with the world-renowned author, philosopher, historian, and theologian Os Guinness. Together, they have a frank discussion about:   *The evangelical roots of abolition. *The bewitching of Americans from the ideals of our revolution to the ideals of the French Revolutions. *The “Long March” (infiltration of Marxist ideology) on our institutions. *Antonio Gramsci: 5 Pillars of western civilization that must fall for a successful Marxist Revolution to succeed identified by Antonio Gramsci (religion, family, education, media, law). *Classical Marxism (communism) vs. Cultural Marxism. *The link between faith and fertility/secularism and futility. *The perilous state of our union. *The crisis of leadership on the national stage. *The dilemma Christians face at the ballot box (co-belligerence vs. alliance). *The prayer we should pray for the leader we need.   Much of their conversation centers on the desperate need for Godly leadership at all levels of our government, but especially on the national stage.   “Leaders serve. Great leaders of free republics are teachers of freedom, like Moses,” says Os. We need that kind of leader. Os admonishes Christians to hold our leadership accountable while recognizing the difference between co-belligerence (uniting for a common cause) and alliance. Os also shares the prayer that he and his wife pray over our nation every day:   “Lord… Set over us a leader such that it would be to Your glory to give the victory through him or her.” Amen.   OS GUINNESS' BIO: Os Guinness is an author, social critic, and great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer. Os has written or edited more than 30 books that offer valuable insight into the cultural, political, and social contexts in which we all live. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.   Os Guinness WEBSITE The Magna Carta of Humanity: Sinai’s Revolutionary Faith and the Future of Freedom   OTHER EPISODES IN THIS SERIES:   EPISODE 93: “What Most Americans Don’t Understand about Freedom”   RESOURCES MENTIONED:   EPISODE 9: “How the Christian Worldview Creates a World We All Want To Live In”   Italy’s Primer Minister Giorgia Meloni attacks cultural Marxism, progressivism, globalism and quotes Chesterton   “Is Voting for Trump the Lesser of Two Evils” by Catherine Segars   Trump Speech at NRB 2024 (National Religious Broadcasters   Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
What Most Americans Don't Understand about Freedom (w/ Os Guinness) - Ep. 93
March 4, 2024 - 30 min
There's a lot we don't understand about freedom in this country. Lasting freedom, in any quantifiable sense, is very new to the historical landscape. After all, the United States fought a bloody revolution to acquire it just a few centuries ago.   But where did the idea of freedom come from? What prerequisites are necessary to achieve freedom? And most importantly... What is necessary to keep freedom?   Catherine is joined by one of the great intellectual minds in the world today to discuss the nature of freedom and the future of our country. Having authored and edited over 30 books, including The Magna Carta of Humanity: Sinai’s Revolutionary Faith and the Future of Freedom, Os Guinness is a world-renowned authority on freedom. As a western survivor of the Chinese Communist Revolution under Mao Zedong in 1949, and then having extensively studied the fields of history, philosophy, religion, theology, apologetics, and culture, Os possesses not a one-in-a-million perspective on the nature and necessary foundation for freedom to exist and thrive—his perspective is one-in-8 billion.   As Os reveals, slavery is the norm in human history. Freedom is the anomaly. And yet America’s founders established freedom. But they did not uncover the roots of liberty in 17th century enlightenment thinkers as some suppose. Rather the roots of freedom were excavated from the ancient Hebrew Republic, which was founded on a radical concept of covenant, or constitution, that requires the consent of the governed. The ramifications of these applied truths are far reaching, and they establish the critical foundation for freedom to exist.As freedom-loving Americans, there's a lot we don't understand about our freedom. Starting with the definition.   “Freedom is not the permission to do what you like. It is the power to do what you ought,” says Os. Most Westerners see freedom as a license to fulfill one’s whims and desires, as Rousseau’s philosophy encouraged. This hedonistic definition supports the ideals of the French Revolution of 1789. But a Biblical understanding of freedom, which our founders possessed, recognizes the weakness of mankind and therefore establishes a system of checks and balances for  "ambition to counter ambition." The plan was brilliant.   The American Revolution is diametrically opposed to the French, but as Os prophetically speaks to our country today, "WHO HAS BEWITCHED YOU, AMERICA? YOU ARE FOLLOWING THE WRONG REVOLUTION." We cannot maintain freedom by following the ideals of the wrong revolution.   We would be wise to remember Paul's words to the church of Galatia: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (5:1)   OS GUINNESS' BIO: Os Guinness is an author, social critic, and great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer. Os has written or edited more than 30 books that offer valuable insight into the cultural, political, and social contexts in which we all live. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.   Os Guinness WEBSITE The Magna Carta of Humanity: Sinai’s Revolutionary Faith and the Future of Freedom     Discover more Christian podcasts at lifeaudio.com and inquire about advertising opportunities at lifeaudio.com/contact-us.
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Catherine Segars is an award-winning actress and playwright—turned stay-at-home-mom—turned author, speaker, blogger, and motherhood apologist. This homeschooling mama of five has a master’s degree in communications and is earning a master’s degree in Christian apologetics. Catherine helps parents navigate through dangerous secular landmines to establish a sound Biblical foundation for their kids. Author of the e-book Five Myths about Motherhood That Make You Feel Mere, And Why They're Wrong, Catherine is also passionate about helping mothers see their worth in a season when they often feel overwhelmed and irrelevant. You can find Catherine’s blog, dramatic blogcast, and other writings at www.catherinesegars.com and connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.
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