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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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    The Controversy Over Custody

    When Bethany Christian Services’ announced their plans to compromise with the state of Michigan by not discriminating against LGBT couples who wanted to adopt and foster children through their organization, many Christians responded with conflicting views. Some expressed anger at the government’s infringement on religious liberty, while others decried BCS for “giving in.” But in this controversy over custody, what many are forgetting are the overall best interests of the child.  Read More...

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    Easter as We Know It - The Passover Controversy

    At first the Christian Passover was celebrated at the same time as the Jewish; this simultaneous observance was preserving the Jewish ritual in the Christian festival, and strengthening the bonds between Christianity and Judaism. Until the date was changed. The relationship of Church and State which began under Constantine was seen as the greatest blessing of God. There was an end to what had seemed like endless persecution. But with that end of persecution and the beginning of a new alliance came great compromises which have distorted the nature of the Church to this day.  Read More...

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    A Church Finally Allowed to Worship

    Mauck & Baker's client, Christian Fellowship Centers of New York (CFC) received a favorable ruling in the nick of time. Over the past several months CFC has faced hostility from many members of the town as well as religious discrimination from Village of Canton officials who refused to permit the church to use its recently purchased building as a place of worship.  Read More...

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    Breaking Through Pro-Abortion Media Bias

    In light of the media attention for the movie Unplanned, you might have noticed a trend that continues when issues of life and abortion are involved. Although this movie was able to get widespread attention, pro-life voices continue to be largely suppressed or silenced. Twitter even "accidentally" suspended the film's social media account for a brief time for no apparent reason other than to limit their impact. So how can pro-life advocates break through the largely liberal media?  Read More...

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    From Pulpit to Prison

    I am sure you might wonder why a man at the time having been in ministry for over 29 years, a candidate for pastorate at three different churches, and preaching across the country weekly killed his wife in a sudden unanticipated moment of passion.It is a haunting question I seek to answer daily.  Read More...

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    RLUIPA Needs Review and YOU Can Help

    If you're a person of faith, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act is something you should know about. This law has been instrumental in protecting religious freedom. But the government's failure to clarify certain aspects of this law have led to misinterpretation (whether intentional or not) by many municipalities.  Read More...

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    A Petition to the United States Supreme Court

    We are asking the Supreme Court to grant review and then uphold a provision of RLUIPA passed by Congress, correcting the actions of courts that have chosen to stray from the legislation and laws they are tasked with interpreting and applying to the facts of each case. This request for review comes after several unfavorable rulings and an eight-year long legal battle involving ADF's client, Tree of Life Christian Schools.  Read More...

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