“Oh, what joy could make You stay?  Enduring the cross, despising it’s shame…”

I wanted to share another story behind the song from one of the tracks off of our “Enter His Gates” album (You can get your copy of the album at the church or on iTunes).  Track #15 is “No Greater Love.”  I originally released this song on a solo project that was a fundraiser for our adoption.  We had used it often at our church, and so it seemed a good fit to include it on this project.

We also decided to do this semi-live.  In the worship world, all live recordings are semi-live.  Elements are recorded live, but overdubs are done on every project because of bad notes played or off-tone elements.  We don’t have the capabilities at the church to produce a high-quality live recording, but so much of what happens special with our team is when our congregation is in the room with us.  So we played along with a click-track to make sure our tempo was correct and set out to record live congregational singing more than anything else.

When you do that, you get all kinds of snorts and grunts and such.  Some of them you have to be listening for, but others are blatant.  I kept some in on purpose that I could have erased because it just shows the realness of us as individuals and as a church.  We have issues, we have mistakes, and yet we are loved anyway which makes the beauty of the gospel.

The vocals in the room are so full.  Stacy did a fantastic job with her vocal part and Leah’s flute added so much to the song.  The words, birthed out of Bible study focused upon the cross, are set around the amazement that Christ would love messed-up, trivial people like us.

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Travis Agnew is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, author, blogger, and religion instructor.