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Christian Parent, Crazy World

with Catherine Segars

Christian Parent, Crazy World Episodes
Why Does Abuse Happen in the Church?--Episode 43
September 26, 2022 - 28 min
Abuse in the church is hard to understand ourselves, much less to explain to our kids. But we need to have these conversations.

CHRISTIAN PARENT/CRAZY WORLD focusses on topics that can build our kid’s faith or tear it down. This is most certainly one of those dangerous topics that can tear down their faith as they get older, causing them to leave the church and Christianity altogether.

Why does this happen?

In this episode, Catherine looks at an underlying root cause, and then she points us towards we want and need to offer to our kids—that is hope and healing.


“Growing Home Together” Podcast with Rob and Joanna Teigen:


“Abuse in the SBC: Why It Happened and Where We Find Hope,”

“The Ugly Truth the MacArthur/Moore Controversy Reveals,”

“Southern Baptist Convention Leaders Mishandled Sexual Abuse Allegations, Report Says,”


Beth Moore Leaving the SBC:

“Ravi Zacharias Hid Hundreds of Pictures of Women, Abuse During Massages, and a Rape Allegation,”
“Bombshell ‘Hillsong’ doc details sex scandals that battered celeb megachurch,”
“Sexual Harassment Went Unchecked at Christianity Today,”

“Misconduct allegations against Willow Creek founder Bill Hybels are credible, independent report finds,”

“The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” Podcast,

“John MacArthur’s Church Supported Convicted Child Abuser & Pedophile, Records Show,”

Lord Acton’s Quotes:

“Are Parents Being Tagged As ‘Domestic Terrorists’ by the FBI? Justice Department Needs to Show Its Cards,”


John 17:1-2
Genesis 11:6
Psalm 82:3
Isaiah 1:17
Matthew 23:27-28
2 Corinthians 5:10
Three Steps to Take When You Or Your Kids Are Judged - Episode 42
September 12, 2022 - 24 min
Being under the scrutiny of a fellow believer is such a painful place to be. And when someone judges our kids, we often feel it more than they do. If we don’t deal with the judgements of others properly, the wounds can lead us and our kids away from the body of Christ and from the faith.

Judging is going to happen in the church, and as we have learned in this series, that is by design. We are supposed to keep one another accountable, and we need to respond properly.

Catherine gives the most practical advice yet in this final episode on judging by properly defining the criteria of a Godly judgement. Then Catherine show us how to respond when we are judged.


Hebrews 4:12-13
1 Corinthians 5:1-13
Psalm 139:23-24
Psalm 51:10-12
Proverbs 27:6
Galatians 2:11—21
2 Peter 3:15
Luke 23:34


Episode 39: Have You Ever Been Judged by Other Christians?
Episode 40: Is It Ever Right to Judge Others?
Episode 41: Six Problems When We Encounter When It Comes to Judging
Six Problems We Encounter When It Comes to Judging - Episode 41
September 5, 2022 - 25 min
As parents, we have to judge the actions of our kids. And we live in families, neighborhoods, communities, and churches where we hold each other accountable. So sometimes that requires us to assess the actions of other people. (Especially the little people who live with us.) We have to consider the fruit in people’s lives, as Jesus said to do. And they have to do that with us as well.

But in that process, there can be some problems. If not done properly, judging can create wounds in our lives and in the lives of our kids. We want to avoid these pitfalls, so we need to address them head on.

In this episode, Catherine continues in a series on judging by discussing the problems we encounter when it comes to examining the lives of others. They are:

1. Judging the motive, not the action.
2. Adding to God’s standard.
3. Judging without love.
4. Judging with grace.
5. Thinking that stating God’s standard is judging.
6. Not judging at all.

Knowing these difficulties can help us to avoid some serious spiritual hazards and heal from relationship wounds.


Matthew 7:1-3
1 Corinthians 5:9-13
Luke 19:11-12
Psalm 103:12
John 8:1-11


Episode 11: What Does It Mean to Speak the Truth in Love?


Episode 39: Have You Ever Been Judged by Other Christians?
Episode 40: Is It Ever Right to Judge Others?
Is It Ever Right to Judge Others? - Episode 40
August 29, 2022 - 20 min
Some would say that it’s never right to judge another person. Others say that it is. So which is it?

At some point in our Christian walk, we are going to be judged by other believers, and so will our kids. It is important that we know what Scripture says about this issue.

In this episode, Catherine continues in a series on judging by examining what the Bible has to say on this critical topic. Everyone knows Christ’s instruction to “judge not lest ye be judged,” but most people don’t know that just after these words, Jesus told us to examine the fruit coming from the lives of fellow believers. And the Apostle Paul gives us some vital guidelines on judging as well.

Join Catherine to discover the when, where, why, and how of judging.


1 Corinthians 5:5, 9-13
Matthew 7:1-3, 15-20


CPCW Episode 26: What Every Parent Needs to Know About the Prodigal Child:


Episode 39: Have You Ever Been Judged by Other Christians?:
Have You Ever Been Judged by Other Christians? - Episode 39
August 22, 2022 - 23 min
We’ve all come under the scrutiny of others, and so have our kids. When we are judged by other Christians, the pain can be acute. It can lead us away from God and the faith.

Catherine begins a new series on judging by establishing a proper foundation of God’s overwhelming love before we dissect someone’s behavior. Then she examines the pain that ungodly judgments can cause. With those critical prerequisites in mind, Catherine begins to unpack what Scripture has to say about judging other people.

This series will bring a lot of insight, hope, and healing to parents and kids dealing with the pain of judgment from others.


Matthew 18:6
Romans 5:8
Luke 15
Romans 8:35-39
Matthew 7:1-3
Romans 7:7


Episode 4: Is Christian Just a Religion of Do’s and Don’ts?:

Bait of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense by John Bevere:
How Do Our Words Form a Legacy for Our Children? - Episode 38
August 15, 2022 - 21 min
Catherine concludes this uplifting series on the power of our words by pulling the lens way back to show how our words water the seeds of legacy in our kids’ lives.

In this episode, Catherine travels to the future, to a place where all our hard parenting work is done. All the seeds are planted. All the water has poured out of us onto those little seeds, and these precious plants are strong and vibrant. The fruit growing out of their lives is bold and beautiful. And these plants are blessing others. They are blessing us.

That may seem like a long way off, but when you are in the thick of a long journey, you need to be reminded of the destination, because those sweet reminders keep us going.

“Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom… Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory.” (Psalm 91:12, 16)


Proverbs 18:21
Deuteronomy 11:18-21
Psalm 90:12, 16

Episode 36: How Powerful Are Our Words in the Lives of Our Kids?:
Episode 37: 7 Ways to Bless Your Kids with Words:

Blog: Sing to Me by Catherine Segars:

Episode 14 (testimony): How To Battle for Your Kids in Prayer:
Seven Ways to Bless Your Kids with Words - Episode 37
August 8, 2022 - 26 min
Words can change the course of a life. They can build dreams, or they can break them. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” We want our words to produce healthy fruit in the lives of our children. But how can we do that specifically?

In this refreshing episode, Catherine offers seven ways to bless your kids with words. As a parent, you need to:

1.Speak into your kids’ strengths.
2.Speak into your kids’ weaknesses.
3.Thank your children for what they do well.
4.Ask God to give you a life verse for your child.
5.Ask God to give you a specific word of encouragement for your child.
6.Write a note of encouragement for your child
7.Speak this blessing over your child.

Proverbs 18:21
2 Corinthians 2:9
Psalm 46:4


“Olympic Memories of Wilma Rudolf/Doctor Said She Could Not Walk, So She Ran,” Sports Café:

The Blessing with Kari Jobe & Cody Carnes:

A Father’s Blessing by John Paul Jackson:


Episode 14: “How to Battle for Your Kids in Prayer”:

Subscribe on Catherine’s website to receive a special copy of John Paul Jackson’s blessing for your child.
How Powerful Are Our Words in the Lives of Our Kids? - Episode 36
July 25, 2022 - 19 min
A little boy whose dreams were dashed by the words of a teacher. A young man whose aspirations were ignited by the words of a co-worker. A poor child who believed he could be anything if he kept reading because his illiterate mom said so.

These are some of the incredible stories that Catherine brings to life in this uplifting series on the power of our words.

Words are weighty. They can shape the course of a life.

Scripture tells us that “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21

Our tongues can be a megaphone we use to cheer our kids on in their purpose and calling in life, or they can be a sword that cuts them down, that brings death to their destiny. We’ve got to speak life over our kids because what we tell our kids sticks. The good and the bad.
Join Catherine in this uplifting series on how impacting our words can be in the lives of our kids.

Sean Dietrich, a.k.a. “Sean of the South”: Personal Memoir -
Sonya and Dr. Ben Carson’s story:

Proverbs 18:21

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What Do We Do with the Parts of Scripture We Still Don’t Understand? – Episode 35
July 12, 2022 - 20 min
In this episode, Catherine wraps up this series on dealing with the difficult parts of the Bible by addressing those parts of Scripture we still don’t understand. Let’s be honest—sometimes Scripture does say what we want it to say. What is the point of these passages dealing with rape, slavery, and murder?

Issues like these frequently come up when discussing the Christian faith with unbelievers and with our kids. They wonder how we can overlook such things.

We shouldn’t.

We should wrestle with these sections of Scripture. We must not change them. We must not discard them. We must study and question and pray and wring our hands. Often when we do, we will find answers rendered more precious because of the journey it took to find them.

Join Catherine in this divine search for answers to the tough questions in the Bible.


Episode 31: Why Does the Bible Say… Fill in the Blank? –
Episode 32: How Can Parents Deal with the Difficult Parts of Scripture? -
Episode 33: Is the God of the Old Testament a Monster? -
Episode 34: How Can We Help Our Kids Understand Who God Is? -

Article: “How Do I Deal with the Terribly Disturbing Parts of Scripture?” -

Video: “Where Does the Evidence Lead? What Darwin Didn’t Know.” -

Video: “Jonathan Wells: Zombie Science Keeps Pushing Junk DNA Myth” -

Article: “There’s Nothing Blind about Faith,” by Alister McGrath -


The Rape of Tamar: 2 Samuel 13
The Levite Concubine: Judges 19-20
Jesus allows divorce: Matthew 19:8
Love your neighbor as yourself: Mark 12:31
1 Corinthians 13:9-12
Proverbs 25:2
How Can We Help Our Kids Understand Who God Is? - Episode 34
July 4, 2022 - 23 min
Catherine continues in a series on dealing with the difficult parts of Scripture by discussing two often misunderstood aspects of God’s nature: his mercy and his justice. These attributes are opposite ends of the divine pendulum. If we don’t understand them, we don’t understand who God is. We must properly comprehend these parts of God’s character if we want to prevent our kids from falling for the mischaracterizations of God that abound in our culture.

In a tour through literature that ends with a fascinating story from a world-renowned theologian, Catherine unpacks these beautiful attributes of God. He is passionately concerned about justice, but he is equally if not more concerned about mercy. Time and time and time again we see that God forgoes justice and gives mercy. Mercy literally runs through God’s veins.

But God does not force his mercy upon us. If we don’t choose to receive God’s mercy, we will receive his justice. We must teach our kids that God is merciful and He is just. How he interacts with us is up to us. So, we must teach our kids to choose wisely.

Episode 31: Why Does the Bible Say… Fill in the Blank? –
Episode 32: How Can Parents Deal with the Difficult Parts of Scripture? -
Episode 33: Is the God of the Old Testament a Monster? -

Summary for the Merchant of Venice:
Portia’s Speech:
“Holiness and Justice” by Dr. R. C. Sproul:


Psalm 82:3
Isaiah 1:17
Micah 6:8
Jeremiah 1:5
Psalm 139
Psalm 56:8
Genesis 16:1-16 (Story of Hagar)

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