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Christian Parent, Crazy World

with Catherine Segars

Christian Parent, Crazy World Episodes
5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About Gen Z – Episode 54
January 31, 2023 - 40 min

The gap between generations has never been greater. Understanding the unique aspects and challenges of Gen Z is vital if we want to reach this generation with the truth of the Christian worldview.

How well are we doing?

Recent statistics show that half of Gen Z children raised in the church are leaving the faith after they leave the nest, and recent research from Barna shows that only 4% of Gen Z has a Biblical worldview.

How do you disciple them?

How do you relate?

What obstacles do they face and how can you teach them to pray?

To answer those questions, Catherine launched a new 4-part series on Gen Z.

Joining her for the second installment is Dr. Jonathan Morrow, the director of cultural engagement and student discipleship at Impact 360 Institute. Jonathan has been equipping students and parents in biblical worldview, apologetics, and culture for over 16 years and is passionate about seeing a new generation build a lasting faith. He holds a Master of Divinity, a Master of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, and a Doctorate in Worldview and Culture from Talbot School of Theology. An adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University, Jonathan has authored several books on apologetics and resides near Atlanta with his wife of 20 years and three kids.

In this episode, Jonathan helps bridge the gap to Gen Z by sharing five things that every parent needs to know about this generation.

OTHER EPISODES IN THIS SERIES:

EPISODE 54: “Practical Ways to Disciple Gen Z” with Dana Che, https://bit.ly/3Rda6Nc

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Jonathan’s website: https://www.jonathanmorrow.org/

Impact 360 Institute: https://www.impact360institute.org/

BOOKS BY JONATHAN MORROW:

Welcome to College: A Christ-Followers Guide for the Journey: https://bit.ly/40cMcFO

Questioning the Bible: 11 Major Challenges to the Bible’s Authority: https://bit.ly/3XM9L6K

Is God Just a Human Invention?: And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by New Atheists https://bit.ly/3wCo4id

GUIDES MENTIONED:

Gen Z: The Culture, Beliefs, and Motivations Shaping This Generation (Volume 1): https://amzn.to/3WJnE4k

Gen Z: Caring for Young Souls and Cultivating Resilience: https://amzn.to/3HEtq2H

RESEARCH:

Barna Research: “Only 4 Percent of Gen Z Have a Biblical Worldview” https://bit.ly/2EKn7bM

OTHER EPISODES MENTIONED:

EPISODE 48: “How Do We Combat the Epidemic of Teen Suicide?” https://bit.ly/3WJooXa

EPISODE 49: “What Can We Learn from a Survivor of Teen Suicide?” https://bit.ly/3kReFkg

*Note that in this interview I said “Hawkins and Dickens.” I meant to say “Hitchens and Dawkins.”

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Practical Ways to Disciple Gen-Z with Dana Che - Episode 53
January 16, 2023 - 43 min

Raising the next generation presents some very unique challenges. Recent statistics show that half of Gen Z children raised in the church are leaving the faith after they leave the nest. And recent research from Barna shows that only 4% of Gen Z has a Biblical worldview.

How do you disciple them?

How do you relate?

What obstacles do they face and how can you teach them to pray?

Catherine and her guests will answer all of those questions in this new 4-part series on Gen Z.

Joining her for the premier episode of this series is special guest Dana Che, marriage coach and host of Real Relationship Talk, a podcast that delivers authentic, inspirational relationship advice for your most intimate relationships. Dana, a mother of four Gen Z’rs, shares her relationship expertise and hard-earned advice on how to disciple the next generation through everyday conversations with your kids. She shows us how to make an infinite God relatable to our little ones while engaging our teens and adult children through the challenges all around them.

This episode is chocked full of practical advice, wisdom from a wealth of experience, and a lot of laughter as these two mamas get real about discipling Gen Z.

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Dana Che’s podcast and website: https://realrelationshiptalk.com/; https://danache.com/

Statistics on Gen Z:

 4% have a Biblical worldview:  https://bit.ly/2EKn7bM

Most leave the faith: https://bit.ly/3XhCXSH

“Unashamed” by LeCrae: https://bit.ly/3ZEB2JD

SCRIPTURES REFERENCED:

Deuteronomy 11:18-21
Psalm 103:7
Hebrews 11:25
Deuteronomy 30:19
Psalm 103:14

Follow Catherine!
www.catherinesegars.com

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12 Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Your Kids This Year - Episode 52
January 2, 2023 - 28 min

How can you eat better, sleep better, exercise better, work better, play better, spend better, save better, serve better, worship better, and pray better? Those are very good questions to ask at the beginning of a new year.

But how can you improve your relationship with your kids this year?

Now that’s a question to put at the top of the list.

In this special New Year’s episode, Catherine specifically talks about how we can improve our relationships with our kids.

CPCW spends a lot of time counteracting the onslaught of secular ideology and theology that is coming against our children in an attempt to subvert their faith, and that is critically important work for us to do. But we can’t really help our kids with those ideas if we don’t have a solid relationship with them to start with.

So this episode is all about improving our relationship with our kids. Catherine offers 12 ways that you could do that—including the question every parent needs to ask their child—to provide a great way to start off the new year in our families.

LINKS:

Scripture list to pray over children: https://catherinesegars.com/

EPISODES REFERENCED:

Episode 22: “13 Ways To Be a Better Parent in 2022” https://bit.ly/3G5Ng58

Episode 13: “What Should I Expect When I Battle in Prayer” https://bit.ly/3C8NVRR

Episode 14: “How To Battle for Your Kids in Prayer” https://bit.ly/3i4MNYI

Episode 15: “What Should I Expect When I Battle in Prayer” https://bit.ly/3CewNKN

Episode 37: “7 Ways To Bless Your Kids with Words” https://bit.ly/3WwN4mi

Episode 49: “How Do We Combat the Epidemic of Teen Suicide?” https://bit.ly/3Z2zwjY

Episode 50: “What Can We Learn from a Survivor of Teen Suicide?” https://bit.ly/3WALZtP

GAMES REFERENCED:

Apples to Apples: https://amzn.to/3Z3f5Dy

Settlers of Catan: https://amzn.to/3VBilmL

Rummikub: https://amzn.to/3YYYMb1

Lost Cities: https://amzn.to/3FY4H7y 

Other Game Recommendations:

For families: Do You Really Know Your Child? https://amzn.to/3CcsBez

For couples: The Date Deck https://amzn.to/3IdPrWR

Bob Ross Stuffed Doll: https://amzn.to/3WVOoip

BOOK REFERENCED:

“Praying God’s Word” by Beth Moore: https://bit.ly/3VA1fWu

SCRIPTURE REFERENCED:

Numbers 6:24-26

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5 Family-Centered Films for Christmas - Episode 51
December 19, 2022 - 28 min

Finding worthwhile holiday entertainment is quite a challenge these days. A recent list of “The Top 100 Christmas Movies of All Time” on Rotten Tomatoes placed a movie called “Tangerine” at number 4. Brace yourself for the description:

“After hearing that her boyfriend/pimp cheated on her while she was in jail, a transgender sex worker and her best friend set out to find him and teach him and his new lover a lesson.”

According to the largest movie review website in the world, this is the fourth-best Christmas movie OF ALL TIME. What exactly transgendered prostitution and revenge have to do with the birth of our Lord is unclear, but parents are certainly struggling to find family-friendly entertainment when this is what the film industry celebrates.

In this episode, Catherine offers five wholesome, family-centered Christmas movies for your viewing pleasure this holiday season. She has a recommendation for the kids, the guys, the girls, the couples, and the whole family.  Several of them have a strong Christian theme, and they are all off the beaten path making them truly “fresh.”

Merry Christmas from CPCW!

Links:

“The 100 Best Christmas Movies of All Time” according to Rotten Tomatos: https://bit.ly/3YulRlI

CATHERINE’S KIDS’ PICK: “Journey to the Christmas Star” https://amzn.to/3FBOFQC

CATHERINE’S GUY’S PICK: “Joyeux Noel” (Merry Christmas) https://amzn.to/3V2T84p

CATHERINE’S GIRL’S PICK: “The Christmas Candle” https://amzn.to/3HSZdxg

CATHERINE’S DATE NIGHT PICK: “The Family Man” https://amzn.to/3uWxDYs

CATHERINE’S FAMILY PICK: “The Nativity Story” https://amzn.to/3Wom0Fp

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What Can We Learn from a Survivor of Teen Suicide? - Episode 50
December 12, 2022 - 39 min
Did you know that 20 young people take their own lives every single day in the United States?

Catherine recently sat down with one such teen for a two-part series on suicide. Emma Benoit had a picture-perfect life. She was a vibrant, beautiful 16-year-old varsity cheerleader whose secret battle with anxiety led her to take a gun, point it at her chest, and pull the trigger. Only 1% of people with self-inflicted gunshot wounds survive. Emma is in that 1%. She is an absolute miracle and an inspiration.

Joining Catherine and Emma for this vital conversation is Jennifer Ellers, a Christian counselor, crisis responder, and trainer. Jennifer has authored a course on youth suicide and is an instructor of the American Association of Christian Counselor’s Hope-Focused 3-R Suicide Program.

In Episode 49, part one of this series, Jennifer discussed the explosion of suicides occurring in very young children and shared the signs we should look for in kids under the age of twelve as Emma shared her journey leading up to the day that she attempted to end her life.

This episode, part two of that interview, picks up just after Emma pulled the trigger. It focuses on the spiritual, mental, and physical aspects of suicide, the signs we should look for in older children, specific steps we can take to prevent suicide, and Emma’s recovery.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a 2019 study revealed that 8.9% of youth in grades 9-12 reported that they had made at least one suicide attempt in the past twelve months. There has been a 33% increase in suicides since 1999. Suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death in young people.

Look for Catherine’s upcoming article on youth suicide to see all the signs parents should look for in their children and recommendations on how to prevent suicide in your family.

Links:

Other Episodes in this Series:
Episode 49 – “How Do We Combat the Epidemic of Teen Suicide? Emma Benoit Interview (Part One)” https://bit.ly/3uNfKuV

Suicide prevention hotline: call or text 988. (This 3-digit code, launched in July of 2022, will connect you to the national suicide hotline.)

“My Ascension” the documentary: www.myascension.us

Emma Benoit/My Ascension Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/myascension

American Association of Christian Counselors: https://aacc.net/

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Study: https://bit.ly/3uoWLqz

Kevin Hine’s story: https://bit.ly/3XOpfr8

Kevin Hines’ website: https://www.kevinhinesstory.com/

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How Do We Combat the Epidemic of Teen Suicide? - Episode 48
December 5, 2022 - 33 min
Did you know that 20 young people take their own lives every single day in the United States?

Catherine recently sat down with one such teen for a two-part series on suicide. Emma Benoit had a picture-perfect life. She was a vibrant, beautiful 16-year-old varsity cheerleader whose secret battle with anxiety led her to take a gun, point it at her chest, and pull the trigger. Only 1% of people with self-inflicted gunshot wounds survive. Emma is in that 1%. She is an absolute miracle and an inspiration.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a 2019 study revealed that 8.9% of youth in grades 9-12 reported that they had made at least one suicide attempt in the past twelve months. There has been a 33% increase in suicides since 1999. Suicide is now the 2nd leading cause of death in young people.

Joining Catherine and Emma for this vital conversation is Jennifer Ellers, a Christian counselor, crisis responder, and trainer. Jennifer has authored a course on youth suicide and is an instructor of the American Association of Christian Counselor’s Hope-Focused 3-R Suicide Program.

In this episode (part one), Jennifer shares the signs we should look for in younger children (under the age of twelve) who are contemplating suicide as Emma share’s her journey leading up to the day that she attempted to end her life.

Next week’s episode (part two) will focus on the spiritual, mental, and physical aspects of suicide, the signs we should look for in older children, specific steps we can take to prevent suicide, and Emma’s recovery.

Look for Catherine’s upcoming article on youth suicide to learn all the signs parents should look for in their children and recommendations on how to prevent suicide in your family.

SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE:

Simply call or text 988. This 3-digit code, launched in July of 2022, will connect you to the national suicide hotline.

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

“My Ascension” the documentary: www.myascension.us
Emma Benoit/My Ascension Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/myascension

American Association of Christian Counselors: https://aacc.net/

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Study: https://bit.ly/3uoWLqz

Kevin Hine’s story: https://bit.ly/3XOpfr8

Kevine Hines’ website: https://www.kevinhinesstory.com/

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How Our Culture is Distorting Sexuality and Harming Children - Episode 48
November 14, 2022 - 34 min
Just mentioning God’s plan for our sexuality has become hate speech these days. How did that happen?

That question is answered as Catherine concludes this series on sexuality by discussing the overarching narratives that are competing with the Biblical view on sexuality. Also addressed is the sinister agenda taking place in our nation’s hospitals where children are being maimed in transitional surgeries disguised as “gender affirming care.”

Joining Catherine again is Erin Barry, an author, speaker, counselor, and educational consultant. Erin has a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in counseling, and is working on her doctorate in Christian counseling with an emphasis on the topic of sexuality. Erin and her husband Brett are founders of The Home Educated Mind, a Christ-centered community dedicated to providing materials and support for Christian parents.

As parents, we need to be proactive about discussing sexuality with our children because the world is selling them a message that is physically, spiritually, and mentally toxic. Our culture’s view on sexuality will destroy our kids’ relationships, their God-given purpose, and their God-given bodies.

OTHER EPISODES IN THIS SERIES:

Episode 45—How Do We Help Our Kids Understand Biblical Sexuality: https://bit.ly/3UwaI0H
Episode 46—How Do We Talk To Our Kids about Biblical Sexuality: https://bit.ly/3E4slzv
Episode 47—What Is Our Culture Teaching Our Kids about Sexuality?: https://bit.ly/3UPj8Rd

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Erin Barry’s website: https://www.thehomeeducatedmind.com/.

“Strange New World” by Carl Trueman: https://bit.ly/3WVGWoj.

“Love Your Neighbor Enough to Speak the Truth: A Response to Jen Hatmaker,” by Rosaria Butterfield: https://bit.ly/3DZCJY9.

“Tucker Carlson: Hospitals Are Mutilating Children,” https://fxn.ws/3E2zrTV.

“Matt Walsh Investigates Nashville Gender Clinics,” https://bit.ly/3g4wAly.

“Long-term follow-up of transsexual persons undergoing sex reassignment surgery: cohort study in Sweden,” National Library of Medicine: https://bit.ly/3O0He9f.

“Tavistock clinic to be sued by 1,000 families,” The Christian Institute: https://bit.ly/3Es40Ut.

“Tavistock transgender clinic could face mass legal action ‘from 1,000 families of children who claim they were rushed into taking life-altering puberty blockers’…” The Daily Mail: https://bit.ly/3fYq0wR.

“Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters” by Abigail Shrier: https://bit.ly/3TSF2mm

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What Is Our Culture Teaching Our Kids about Sexuality - Episode 47
November 7, 2022 - 34 min
Biblical sexuality and cultural sexuality are diametrically opposed to one another. Our kids are neck deep in a culture that says everything the Bible teaches on sexuality is not only wrong but oppressive, divisive, and hateful.

As parents, we need to know what our culture is saying about sexuality. We must know where these ideas are coming from and how to talk to our kids about it.

In part 3 of a 4-part series on sexuality, Catherine and her guest break down our culture’s definition of sexuality starting with the philosophical roots and ending with the barbaric fruits.

Joining her again is Erin Barry, an author, speaker, counselor, and educational consultant. Erin has a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in counseling, and is working on her doctorate in Christian counseling with an emphasis on the topic of sexuality. Erin and her husband Brett are founders of The Home Educated Mind, a Christ-centered community dedicated to providing materials and support for Christian parents.

You can find Erin's resources at: https://www.thehomeeducatedmind.com/.

OTHER EPISODES IN THIS SERIES:

Episode 45 - How Do We Help Our Kids Understand Biblical Sexuality: https://bit.ly/3E1NtW0.

Episode 46- How To Talk To Your Kids about Biblical Sexuality: https://bit.ly/3GkPWxc

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Axis.org—Connecting parents, teens, & Jesus in a disconnected world: https://axis.org/

“Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends” by Mark Yarhouse: https://bit.ly/3DDVAYs

“The Difference between Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” by Cydney Adams (Brendan Jordan quote) https://cbsn.ws/2ICWKWA

“Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality” by Nancy R. Pearcey: https://bit.ly/3DwBAac

“Transgressive,” Tucker Carlson: https://bit.ly/3UrhfK5

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni quotes G.K. Chesterton: https://bit.ly/3UoSDBS

Full Quote from G.K. Chesterton: https://bit.ly/3WwY2Zn

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How To Talk To Your Kids about Biblical Sexuality - Episode 46
October 31, 2022 - 31 min
Some topics that CPCW covers are relevant to lot of parents and a lot of kids, but the topic of sexuality is relevant to ALL parents and ALL kids. We cannot escape this issue in our families and our friendship circles.

So who defines our sexuality?

Our celebrities, our politicians, our teachers and school administrators, our friends, our feelings… or God.

If we want to call ourselves Christ followers, the answer to that question must be God because He designed our sexuality. And the parameters He places around it in His Word are not there to oppress us and deny our authentic selves. Those parameters exist to bless us and to bring us freedom.

In part 2 of a 4-part series on sexuality, Catherine discusses the loving parameters that God places around our sexuality to protect us and how can we communicate Biblical sexuality to our kids.

Joining her again is Erin Barry, an author, speaker, counselor, and educational consultant. Erin has a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in counseling, and is working on her doctorate in Christian counseling with an emphasis on the topic of sexuality. Erin and her husband Brett are founders of The Home Educated Mind, a Christ-centered community dedicated to providing materials and support for Christian parents.

You can find Erin's resources at: https://www.thehomeeducatedmind.com/.

RESOURCES REFERENCED AND CONSULTED:

“Holy Sexuality” by Christopher Yuan: https://bit.ly/3WhzyDl

“God and the Gay Christian” by Matthew Vines: https://amzn.to/3DJmnUC

“Assessing God and the Gay Christian” by Joe Dallas:
Part 1: https://bit.ly/3SQu0g4
Part 2: https://bit.ly/3Fzjw1I

“Love Your Neighbor Enough to Speak the Truth” (a Response to Jen Hatmaker) by Rosaria Butterfield: https://bit.ly/3feulM8

“Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters” by Abigail Shrier: https://bit.ly/3TSF2mm

BOOKS ON DISCUSSING BIBLICAL SEXUALITY WITH YOUR KIDS:

“How and When to Tell Your Kids about Sex: A Lifelong Approach to Shaping Your Child’s Sexual Character” by Stan and Brenna Jones: https://amzn.to/3TfV8oV

“The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality” by Luke Gilkerson: https://amzn.to/3ztXtpc

SCRIPTURES REFERENCED:

Genesis 1:27-28
John 3:17
Leviticus 18:22, 20:13
1 Corinthians 6:11

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How Do We Help Our Kids to Understand Biblical Sexuality? - Episode 45
October 24, 2022 - 31 min
Your kids cannot go into a public restroom these days, turn on the television, go to school, or play high school or collegiate sports without being confronted with the question of sexuality.

Who defines it?

Our politicians, our celebrities, our educators, our feelings… or God?

This is the most relevant cultural issue of our day. The question of sexuality goes to the very core of who we are as human beings. Are we made in our own image according to our own feelings, or are we made in God’s image according to His design?

In this first episode of a four-part series on sexuality, Catherine digs into what God has to say about our sexuality.

We need to be having discussions with our kids about this topic because the world is. Our voice needs to be a trusted source of truth for our kids to navigate the dangerous secular landmine of their sexual identity.

Joining Catherine for this vitally important discussion is Erin Barry, an author, speaker, counselor, and educational consultant. Erin has an M.A. in counseling and works professionally as both a counselor and consultant, and she is working on her doctorate in counseling where she is specializing in the field of sexuality. Erin and her husband Brett have founded the “The Home Educated Mind,” a Christ-centered community dedicated to providing materials and support for Christian parents.

You can find Erin's resources at: https://www.thehomeeducatedmind.com/.

RESOURCES REFERENCED AND CONSULTED:

Books:

“Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been,” by Jackie Hill Perry: https://bit.ly/3SwayoR

“Mama Bear Apologetics Guide to Sexuality: Empowering Your Kids to Understand and Live Out God's Design” by Hillary Morgan Ferrer: https://bit.ly/3DqYssE

Articles:

“Why We Should Reconsider What the Bible Really Says about Women in Ministry,” by Catherine Segars: https://bit.ly/3W5ZNg6

“Does Scripture Oppress of Liberate Women?” by Catherine Segars: https://bit.ly/3z7N9mC

SCRIPTURES REFERENCED:

Gen. 1:27-28
Micah 6:4
Judges 4
Song of Solomon 1:2

CONTACT:

To find out more about Erin Barry and HOME (The Home Educated Mind), visit http://thehomeeducatedmind.com/ or email Erin at support@thehomeeducatedmind.com.

You can contact Catherine by email at catherine@catherinesegars.com, Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/catherinesegars/?hl=en, and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/motherhoodfaithandculture/.

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