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Missing genius

Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving.
1 Corinthians 12:4-5

The computation of the sum total of IQs in Rockefeller Chapel was far beyond my mathematical abilities. This huge sanctuary was filled to overflowing with the educated elite that the world-class University of Chicago welcomes. Unamplified, a voice from the balcony behind us introduced the beautiful but extensive program, J. S. Bach's The Passion according to Saint John. Then he paused and added, "This evening, above all, is to give thanks to God for the indisputable genius of Johann Sebastian Bach and his gift to Christ's church."

It was a far cry from what the local city council recorded when Bach died. "Master Bach was a good organist," they wrote, "but certainly no math teacher."

J. S. Bach was born into a gifted musical family. He studied at his father's knee, but ...

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