Summit Blog Post
Randy Harris was a phenomenal public speaker. He chose to talk about what he thought it meant to live by the cross, cruciformity. Randy used five different principles to make up his theme of how to live by the cross. Each of these five points worked together and could be described as using the conceptual element of symphony.
In Randy’s speech, the conceptual element of design would most fit the layout of his speech. After an introduction, he ties each principle with the following principle. Then, after the fifth principle he has a conclusion. The conclusion ties all of the principles back together to relate to the central theme of his speech.
During the explanations of his principles, Randy told several stories. The stories that Randy used as examples can be considered narratives. One example Randy used was when he was with monks in a catholic church. They would not let Randy take communion because he was not apart of the catholic church.
With that same story, Randy showed the conceptual element of empathy. The monks could not give him communion for a reason. At first Randy was frustrated with this but, he began to understand why. Sometimes you have to make a decision between what is right and what you are supposed to do. Randy had to put himself inside that monk’s shoes to understand why he would not let him have communion.
Another conceptual element Randy used is play. As a public speaker it is important to use certain things to keep the attention of your audience. Every so often, Randy would throw a joke or two into what he was talking about to keep us, the audience, lively and attentive to what he was saying.
In terms of innovation, the best way I can think he used innovation was with the manner in which he described how to live by the cross. This can also be paired with his use of meanings. The five principles are the meaning of cruciformity. The first principle is to not be afraid of a problem and to put it on the table. The second principle is to be submissive and obedient. The third principle is to move toward weakness. By moving towards weakness he means to choose the side that does not have the majority. The fourth principle would be to understand that giving up power to live by the cross does not mean you have to be passive about things. Randy even said not to be passive aggressive but instead be “aggressive aggressive” in situations. Lastly, the fifth principle is to have relentless love for people. This means to love people you do not know and even people you do not like. God loves us relentlessly and created us because he has hope in us. Randy also said that for love to be love that it must be set free. Also you need to love them well. Loving them well means to love them in a way that will bring them closer to God.