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The Rob Skinner Podcast

Apr 30, 2020

Who is John Lusk?

John became a Christian in 1983 while attending Louisiana State University. After receiving a BS in Civil Engineering, he married his beautiful wife Barri. John then went to Harding University Graduate School of Religion where he received a Master’s in Religion. Together, John and Barri have led thriving ministries in Memphis, Baton Rouge, San Francisco, Sacramento, St Louis, Bangkok, Manila, and Denver and have spoken to hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. They now lead the Des Moines Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa. They have two wonderful daughters and a son in law, all of whom live in Colorado. In his free time, John enjoys archery, bowhunting, and being a YouTube creator for his channel Lusk Archery Adventures. 

Interview Outline

  • How did you become a Christian?
  • Who were some of your early models or inspiration in preaching?  Why?
  • How did you develop the tools to preach, what was your foundation?
  • What are the three most common errors or mistakes you see preachers/speakers making?
  • If a person wants to preach "big" and authority and impact, what do they need to know?
  • What are the steps or template you follow to writing a great sermon.
  • What does a beginner need to know or avoid?
  • Tell me about your "pre-game" ritual.  What do you do before you speak?
  • How long does it take you to prepare a conference-level message?  Why?
  • What about your speaking sets it apart?  What can people take away if they want to improve?
  • Tell me about your biggest embarrassment or setback in the pulpit.
  • What do you consider a "golden moment" in your preaching?
  • What advice would you give to people who are shy by nature or terrified of public speaking?
  • Is speaking something your born with or can you learn to be a good speaker?
  • Your wife, Barri, is an excellent speaker.  Did you help her or did she pick that up on her own?  How has Barri developed her skills?
  • Tell me about something that keeps your spiritual fire and ambition burning brightly.  What gets you up in the morning? 
  • What advice would you give a person, man or woman, who wants to make a difference and live "no regrets" life?
  • What would you tell a younger man or woman who has leadership ambitions?
  • Do you have any regrets, anything you wish you could do over or differently?
  • Tell me about a time when you came back from a setback or failure.
  • What advice would you give to people who are dealing with failure or discouragement?
  • You are an expert in archery and bowhunting, how did that happen?
  • Tell me how you balance your passion for hunting with your preaching and ministry?