So far, God has blessed this podcast with some pretty great guests: if you wanna listen to some God-centered people, how ’bout Michelle Nezat (Ep4), Zach Neese (Ep7) and Richie Allen (Ep9). What about the nuts and bolts of guitar? How ’bout Reverend Guitars CEO Ken Haas (Ep2) and Seventh Day Guitars founder Scott McDonald (Ep5)? If you’re thinking about playing that six-string, you’re thinking about Brandon Oaks (Ep8). And since this here show also focuses on gear, you got some great stuff from Alex Strabala (Ep3) and Ty Caskey (Ep1 and Ep6).
But what if it were possible for God to connect me with somebody who could roll about all three? What if it was somebody people knew, respected and thought the world of? Well, if that’s the kind of guest you were looking for, God has just dropped this love bomb on ya. This episode is all about God, guitars and gear courtesy of Unspoken’s lead guitarist Zachery Smith.
Judges is a great book in the Old Testament. It’s action-packed, and loaded with heroes from beginning to end. And for the teenager in me, it’s got some gore and great reference to somebody pooping their pants (don’t believe me? Do a multi-translation study of Judges 3:22…and get ready to howl. You’re welcome!) But I digress…
While studying Judges recently with my Life Group family (love you guys!), I stumbled across a verse that led me to a very telling comparison study between Gideon (Ch. 8) and Samson (Ch. 13). Who’s a better deliverer in your mind, and who do you think God considers the deliverer?
It’s all about our ability to compare, and just how badly things can go because of it. Listen in to find a way to get out of the comparison game.
As I mentioned at the top, this isn’t just about guitar, because Zachery Smith is definitely not just about guitar. He is a 100%, all-in, over-the-moon Jesus-follower, and everything else comes after that. In this conversation, we talked about his history, his growth within God’s will, what he’s learned about humility, as well as the difference between “knowing the psalm” and “knowing the Shepherd”. Zachery was also FULL of tips (whether he stated them as such or not) about playing, practicing, being up on stage, and how to keep yourself in a worshipping state with a guitar slung over your shoulder: “You’re pouring it out at the feet of Jesus.”
Go ahead, write that down. I did.
He does talk about gear quite a bit, including the brands he’s moving to as he grows in his role with Unspoken for touring – and recording – they’re doing (yes, Unspoken fans – they’re recording!). Like I said, Zachery covers it all, and with a smile.
It’s all about Mission: Perfect Pick this episode. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ve seen all ten picks. In this show, I give you my top three finalists, and in general terms, I explained that all of them represent the best combination of performance and value.
Now – got to @godguitarsandgear on Instagram, find the post with those finalists, and make your guess as to which pick will be crowned The Perfect Pick! If you guess correctly (I’ll reveal the winner in Ep11), you could win a pack of your own to enjoy!
In Ep11, Mission: Perfect Pick will come to a close, and I will reveal the Perfect Pick…and the winner of the Perfect Pick Contest. Even if you don’t win, I’m going to give you some sound samples from several of the picks I compared so you can make your own decision on which one was best.
The little bits and bobs I’ll be playing will all come from a song called, “Spirit Come” by your friend and mine, Ty Caskey. Ty will stop in to talk about the inspiration for the song lyrics and generate some excitement about the Holy Spirit entering into our lives and all of the moments when our church families come together to glorify God.
ONE MORE THING!
This season’s finale is coming up, and it’s going to be great. It’s the first-ever “Episode of Encouragement”, which will give you the opportunity to share some encouragement with other music ministry servants. There’s still a little bit of time for you to be a part of it: record an mp3 of your encouragement, affirmation, a special scripture, a prayer, or maybe even a tip to help a team or guitarist to play better, practice more efficiently, or connect with God during a service. Whatever God puts on your heart, put it in a recording and email it to me: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Ty Caskey – Ty wrote and performed the God, Guitars & Gear theme, and he also cranked out all that cool guitar wizardry that pops throughout each episode. Connect with Ty:
Ambient Trails – AT does the well, ambient trails you hear in the background of every episode. Hear more Ambient Trails on Instagram ( @ambienttrails )