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    Are We Done Taking God Out of Government?

    Written by Sorin A. Leahu - Is the law settled when it comes to eliminating religious symbols from public places? Or are we still awaiting a case with broader implications for religious exercise?On June 20, 2019 the United States Supreme Court issued an important decision finding that the State of Maryland did not violate the establishment clause by allowing the Bladensburg Peace Cross on public land.  Read More...

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    Who Could Be Against Equality?

    Written by Richard C. Baker - At a time of great turmoil in Israel’s history, the psalmist wrote in Psalm 113, “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” We are faced with a similar question today in our nation. On March 13, 2019, a bill labeled H.R. 5 and known as the “Equality Act” was introduced into the House of Representatives.  Read More...

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    The Critical Importance of an Estate Plan

    Written by Soo Yeon Lee - Having an estate plan can make a big difference when it comes to preserving your legacy. Not sure if you need one? Comparing and contrasting can be an effective way to see the benefits and reasons to have an estate plan.Because everyone is different, pay special attention to the numbered items that are particularly relevant to your circumstance.  Read More...

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    Chicago Slamming the Door on Evangelism

    What kind of house has no walls, no doors, and no roof, but restricts the speech of those who dwell within it? Apparently Millennium Park, which Chicago authorities have recently divided into “rooms” to suppress free expression.On March 17, a student from Wheaton College made efforts to spread the gospel in Millennium Park while standing near Cloud Gate (commonly known as The Bean) by respectfully speaking about Jesus and distributing free religious literature.  Read More...

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    A Biblical Approach to Church Conflict

    Written by Whitman H. Brisky - Divisions in the church are like fires. If not properly contained and handled, they can destroy the fellowship and witness of entire congregations, not to mention the faith of those involved. Many of those burnt by divisions in the church leave and never come back. However, if properly handled, divisions can refine a congregation and, in some cases, even help build the Kingdom.  Read More...

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    Legal Risks Facing Your Church

    For a church leader to be fully ministry-minded they must be vigilant in protecting their flock from things that can detract from the Gospel and divide their congregation. This involves being constantly aware of potential legal pitfalls within their church. This due diligence can be an overwhelming task. How can a small church team possibly cover everything?  Read More...

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    On the Fence About Law School?

    Attending law school is not a spontaneous decision. There is much time spent balancing on the fence, trying not to fall prematurely on either side of the decision. Well, let me nudge you a little. If you’ve been thinking about going to law school, then go. Spiritual warfare comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they take the shape of legal battles and Christian lawyers are on the front lines. A law degree opens the door to glorifying Jesus in an extremely fruitful way.  Read More...

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    New Parking Ordinance Helping Churches

    Written by Richard C. Baker - For churches and other religious assemblies, the Chicago Zoning Ordinance requires 1 parking space for every 8 seats in a church's sanctuary. Given the lack of parking in Chicago and the limited availability of land, this can be a very heavy burden. Recognizing this dilemma, the Chicago City Council recently enacted zoning legislation that allows certain exceptions to these parking requirements.  Read More...

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    How to Prepare and Present a Bible Study

    Mauck & Baker has a weekly Bible study that's been going on for over 40 years in downtown Chicago. It includes people from all different professions, walks of faith, and backgrounds; anyone is invited! If you would like to join, get more information and sign up for email updates here.Whether you're currently leading a Bible study of your own and looking to improve, or thinking about starting one for the first time, the following information has been gleaned and assembled from many years of experience.  Read More...

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    Mission Trip Do's and Dangers

    If you work in ministry, you know that some of the most exciting times of the year involve mission trips and outings. These events, however, should not be rushed into without careful legal planning. Unfortunately, you can never fully remove the risk associated with these events, but you can plan accordingly should the unexpected happen.  Read More...

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