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Christian Parent, Crazy World

with Catherine Segars

Christian Parent, Crazy World Episodes
What to Do If Your Child Walks Away from the Faith – Episode 12
August 02, 2021 - 35 min
We spend a lot of time worrying that our children will leave the faith in college. But statistics show that children are more likely to leave the faith before they leave the nest. In this episode, Catherine covers: 1. What is to blame when your child walks away from the faith (and what NOT to blame). 2. A battleplan for going to war for your child’s faith Articles and Resources Mentioned in this Episode: by Ken Ham, Britt Beemer, and Todd Hillard (pgs. 31-32) by Jentzen Franklin. by Mark Batterson. by Brandon Lake. *** Scripture Referenced in this Episode: The Good Shepherd & the lost sheep: Luke 15:3-7 1 Peter 5:8 “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” The Armor of God: Ephesians 6:10-20 Exodus 17:8-16: Israel’s battle with Amalekites. *** Quotes on prayer: “History is silent on revivals that did not begin with prayer.” The Great Oswald Chambers called prayer : “Prayer is man’s greatest power.” : “Our prayers lay the track down through Gods power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, his power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails.” **** Follow Catherine at Episode Image Credit: Getty/Qvasimodo
What Does It Mean to Speak the Truth In Love? - Episode 11
July 06, 2021 - 27 min
We have all heard at some point to “speak the truth in love." But how exactly do we do that? Where in scripture are we instructed to do so? In this episode, we are going to break down this popular saying and discuss how to humbly lead others to the truth. Our goal should not just be to speak the truth, but that our expression of truth is effective and genuine. Resources Mentioned: Article: by Catherine Segars Scripture Referenced: Paul’s admonition to speak the truth in love: Zacchaeus’ story: The woman at the well: The woman caught in adultery: "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” ( NIV) Paul’s admonition not to judge the world: (). Follow Catherine at Episode Image Credit: Canva
6 Guidelines for Discussing Sensitive Topics with Your Kids – Episode 10
June 21, 2021 - 31 min
Our social and political landscape is incredibly contentious. We need guidelines to help us and our kids navigate these treacherous waters. In this episode, we discuss how to talk about sensitive topics with our kids, telling them the truth – which is often offensive -- but with love. How do we do that? I’ve got 6 guidelines. . GUIDELINES: 1. Listen. Really listen. 2. Respect other people’s beliefs. Don’t ridicule 3. Don’t assume a motive. Challenge methods, not motives. 4. Be more concerned about people than your position. 5. Speak in love while never denying truth. 6. Recognize that what people need most is not an argument, it is an experience with God. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (Matt. 7:12) *** Resources and Articles Mentioned in This Episode: The “love” chapter: 1 Corinthians 13 *** Follow Catherine at *** Episode Image Credit: Getty/Gvardgraph
How Does the Christian Worldview Create a World We All Want to Live In? – Episode 9
June 07, 2021 - 30 min
This episode is the culmination of all the hard work we have done in the last three episodes! We are going to look at why the other worldviews we’ve looked at begin to fall apart because they don’t accurately explain and represent reality. Resources and Articles Mentioned in This Episode: 1. Eric Metaxas 2. John Smirak article: 3. Christian Headlines article on Richard Dawkins, 4. from 5. Postmodernists "are objective, or absolute, moral values.” 6. William Wilberforce’s Christian faith and to the . 7. The of 8. Martin Luther Kings’ “ *** Follow Catherine at *** Episode Image Credit: Getty/
What Sets the Christian Worldview Apart from Other Worldviews? - Episode 8
May 24, 2021 - 32 min
Natasha Crain expertly challenges us: Instead of asking if a worldview is religious or non-religious, we should ask – from where does this worldview get its authority? Research and Resources That Went into This Episode: Natasha Crain’s Website: Crain’s , “From where does this worldview get its authority?” Debate between Alan Dershowitz and Alan Keyes on religions role in society (quoted material starts around 32:00) Slaves Sold by African Rulers and Tribal Merchants: Arab-Muslim Slave trade: Follow Catherine at Episode Image Credit: Getty/Qvasimodo
What Worldviews Are Competing with Your Kids' Faith? - Episode 7
May 10, 2021 - 32 min
Today, we’re getting brainy. But we’re also going to have a lot of fun. The subject of worldviews can be overwhelming and confusing. But you and your kids are going to need to understand these concepts. I break down each main worldview in easy-to-understand terms and have a ton of resources to help you explore and explain these worldviews to your kids. When it comes to worldviews, the question we have to ask ourselves is: “Which worldview best represents and explains reality?” We don’t want our kids to believe the Christian faith just because we told them to, but because they have investigated other worldviews and believe Christianity is the best explanation of reality. We want our kids’ beliefs to be: Sound, Logical, Cohesive, Coherent, and Convincing When you combine all of that with a personal relationship, your kids will have a really solid faith. If you missed , be sure to go back and check it out. So, what are the various worldviews? 1. Naturalism 2. Pantheism 3. Theism or Monotheism 4. Spiritism and Polytheism 5. Postmodernism 6. Pluralism 7. Moralistic Therapeutic Deism More resources on the worldviews: chart and article, , by Dennis McCallum MIT Physicist Ian Hutchinson Pew Research Center Ligonier Ministries article by James Anderson Follow Catherine at Episode Image Credit: Getty/Benjavisa
5 Reasons You Should Teach Your Kids about Other Worldviews - Episode 6
April 26, 2021 - 24 min
Some might argue that we should simply teach our kids the principles of the Christian faith and ignore other worldviews. Isn’t knowing the truth enough? Catherine doesn’t think so. We want our kid’s faith to be challenged. Resistance creates strength. Lack of resistance creates a wimpy, flabby faith. In this episode, she will give you FIVE reasons why we want to teach our kids other worldviews. You can read the article that accompanies this episode . Resources Mentioned: , by Hillary Morgan Ferrer, states: “Most studies indicate between 45%-48% of youth leave the church after their freshman year in college and never return” (pg. 27) Bible Verses Referenced: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15 “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 Jesus told us to be “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16 The Great Commission: Matthew 28:18-20 “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” 1 Corinthians 9:22-23 The Athenian Altar to the Unknown God: Acts 17:22-34 Follow Catherine at Episode Image Credit: Getty/lemono
Is the Bible Just a Book Written by Some Ancient Dead Guys? - Episode 5
April 12, 2021 - 26 min
If we want our kids to stand strong in their faith, we need to have real answers to some of their hardest questions about God and His Word. Why did God use men to write his book? In this episode, Catherine unpacks this question and the powerful, life-altering answer. The fact is: that God used the men and women he did to write the Bible and share the gospel should give us incredible hope for our own lives. Resources Mentioned in this Episode: by Dutch Sheets Bible Verses Discussed in This Episode: 2 Chronicles 16:9; Matthew 13:54-58 Find Catherine at Episode Image Credit: Getty/Daseugen
Is Christianity Just A Religion of Do’s and Don’ts? – Episode 4
March 29, 2021 - 22 min
One of the main reasons young people are leaving the faith is because they are growing up in a legalistic faith. They approached their faith as a list of do’s and don’ts. Their relationship with God was a checklist, a duty. In this episode, Catherine unpacks what the rules in the Bible are all about, why they are important, and how we sometimes misunderstand what they are about. The rules aren’t about pleasing God. God’s rules are given as a way to approach us. Scripture Referenced in This Episode: The tree of knowledge of good and evil: Genesis 2:15-17 The Parable of the Lost Sheep: Luke 15:1-7 The Parable of the Lost Son: Luke 15:11-32 Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Church of the Highlands: , Jan. 17, 2021, Chris Hodges, Church of the Highlands Episode Image Credit: Getty/Maliha Majeed
How Do I Teach My Kids to Contend for Their Faith? - Episode 3
March 22, 2021 - 22 min
In the last episode, we talked about what our kids need for an authentic faith. We concluded that we need to teach our kids how to wrestle - how to contend - for their faith. One of the primary reasons cited for this youth exodus by Tom Bisset in his book is surprisingly simple: “They left because they never personally owned their faith.” In other words, their faith was an offshoot of their parent’s spiritual journey. Like Esau, who didn’t value the birthright his father wanted to bestow, these kids never found a personal faith. They never wrestled with God like Jacob did. They never contended with the ideas of men and women. They never learned how to overcome. And when faced with worldly ideals backed by popular secular ideology, the faith of these young people couldn’t stand. In this episode, Catherine shares 7 steps parents can take to help their kids begin to wrestle with their faith. Be sure to check out Catherine's accompanying article: Episode Image Credit: Oleksandr Pupko
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