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Peter Roskam

Peter Roskam served for twenty-five years in elected office in the United States, including six terms in the US House of Representatives where he served in the Congressional Leadership.  He chaired three Congressional subcommittees and was involved with a wide range of legislative action on tax policy, healthcare, IRS reform, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Benghazi investigation.  He chaired the bipartisan US House Democracy Partnership, sits on the board of the National Endowment for Democracy, and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Chicago.  He and his wife Elizabeth, an accomplished oil painter, have been married for 30 years and have four adult children.

 

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We Don't Impose, We Propose - How Christians Should Relate to the Culture

In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul promised that he would show them a “more excellent way” (I Corinthians 12:31). And he did so in the very next passage, Chapter 13, the famous chapter on Love. Three centuries later Ambrose, in commenting about other aspects of Paul’s teaching (on singleness vs. marriage), concluded by saying “it is not imposed but proposed.” Doesn’t that describe our most impactful entreaty to the world today? We don’t impose on the world, but instead we propose a more excellent way in the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet many Christians are as apprehensive about the future as the rest of the culture, even though Scripture clearly teaches us to “have no anxiety about anything” (Philippians 4:6). As the temptation toward fear and anxiety about the future overwhelms us, how do we propose a more excellent way for the culture that is longing for something positive? How can we be salt and light to our cultural context?

 

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