Oct 15, 2019
It's doubtful we have a lot of
young 20-something men listening to this podcast, but for those who
are out there, listen to this show. For those of you who aren't
20-something males, you probably have a 20-something male in your
life that you love, and you need to listen to this podcast
It's beautiful to see someone
tell the story of how the church wasn't always kind to them and how
people weren’t always kind to them. But Jesus was always kind to
them. The church and the people are just a building and humans who
can be frail and faulty. In spite of this, this Cavanaugh James
turned around and served people in the church. I found this
refreshing and beautiful. All of this depth came from a
Cavanaugh James is the author of
the book Higher Power Has a Name. He is a writer and renaissance
Millennial who loves to communicate truth through vulnerability and
humor. He is equal parts writer, singer, and joke-teller; utilizing
all three loves on social media, in the local church, and whenever
given an opportunity. He loves people and believes his greatest
call is to walk hand-in-hand with them, free from judgment and full
of tangible love, love that moves the mark.
In this episode, Cavanaugh gets
vulnerable and talks about god given purpose and identity. He talks
about his life, family, and friends. He also talks about how having
a personal relationship with god helped him find his god given
purpose and identity. This is an episode that will inspire and
surprise you as Melissa chats with Cavanaugh and even discovers
that they have similar stories.
- [02:37] Melissa's assistant
found Cavanaugh on Instagram.
- [04:23] Cavanaugh is from
Dallas, Texas and is primarily a writer.
- [04:40] He grew up in the
church and didn't really have a faith of his own until he was
- [04:55] He left musical theater
school to go to Bible College. He got involved in the church world,
but his crew have church have musical theater.
- [05:29] Cavanaugh's day-to-day
is writing and using social media as a tool. He's also very close
to his family.
- [07:21] He serves at Gateway
Church with Pastor Robert Morris.
- [08:32] Cavanaugh and Melissa
have similar stories.
- [11:15] Cavanaugh gets
vulnerable and talks about god given purpose and identity. He grew
up not knowing who he was outside of family.
- [13:37] At church, he heard
people preach about the love of Christ and yet they weren't living
it, because of the way they were treating him.
- [15:20] It was crucial for
Cavanaugh to know who he was in Christ before anything
- [18:54] He would always go back
to the Lord and see who he was supposed to be.
- [22:48] The church is waiting
for people to be straight, and the world is waiting for people to
be gay. He's focusing on working on his relationship with the Lord
and not worrying about anything else.
- [24:52] The enemy wants us to
believe that our struggles keep us from moving towards our
- [29:21] Cavanaugh was living in
L.A. and noticed that when they talked about faith, people's
language would change. Instead of saying God, people would say a
- [30:39] He got frustrated and
said that a higher power has a name.
- [32:25] Cavanaugh is excited
about who God is and his character. He's willing to talk to anyone
- [34:28] Darkness doesn't
diminish light. It's his job to bring in the light.
- [37:14] A lot of people are
looking at the church based on their parents or someone else's
faith not their own.
- [39:16] Millennials respond to
authenticity and sometimes don't feel like they've been told the
- [40:41] Community is hard to
find unless you're plugged into a healthy group or
- [46:38] Cav answers the rapid
fire questions. We talk friendship, chicken fried steak, and
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