Summit is a time when many featured speakers come from around the world to speak on ACU’s campus, but one speaker only walks a few feet.
Randy Harris, instructor and College of Biblical Studies director, will be speaking in place of the well-known Dallas Willard, professor in the School of Philosophy from University of Southern California. Willard could not speak due to a recent medical procedure. His topic will be a little different from Willard’s topic, “Pornography in a Culture of Desire.”
Harris’ topic, “The School of Christ-likeness,” will be covering many of the same topics that Willard would have discussed, but just in a more “Randy Harris” direction.
Many well-known speakers were contacted to step in for Willard, but Brady Bryce, director for ministry events and assistant professor of ministry in the Graduate School of Theology,Â was told by many people around campus that Harris would be an excellent stand in.
“He has been a favorite among Summit participants for many years. He is loved by ACU students,” Bryce said. “He speaks widely and is respected, and he is a great stand in and not a replacement for Willard.”
The next well-known speaker to step in for Willard Â will be Don McLaughlin who will speak on Wednesday night.
McLaughlin has been in ministry for 29 years at the North Atlanta church in Atlanta, Georgia, and spoke at Summit in 2006. His topic will be the same as Willard’s. McLaughlin will be speaking on Hosea 14, “How We Can Return to God.”
McLaughlin will talk about the many ways we become distant from God, and how we can return to Him.
“In 2006, McLaughlin spoke and students begged him to come back,” Bryce said.
Katrina Kelly, a junior family study major from Mesquite was happy to hear that Randy Harris was speaking.
“I was happy to see that Randy Harris was speaking on Wednesday, because he is such an inspirational speaker who encourages his audience to pursue the Lord by his Christ-like example,” Kelly said.
Randy Harris will be speaking at 3p.m. and Don McLaughlin will be speaking at 7p.m. on Wednesday night. Both will be speaking in Moody Coliseum.