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    Public Colleges or Free Speech Silencers?

    Written by Noel W. SterettHistorically, the purpose of public colleges has been to provide a marketplace of ideas, thought, and education to young adults—those capable of thinking and speaking independently and critically of the world around them. This is why the freedom of speech, the ability to express varied points of view and ideas no matter how odd or unpopular, has long been considered critical to the success or purpose of a college.   Read More...

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    The Influence of Jhan Moscowitz on Mauck & Baker's Bible Study

    Jhan Moscowitz (1948-2012) Jews for Jesus missionary and Chicago director helped lead a Bible study for attorneys with John Mauck.Mauck & Baker’s Bible study is a varied assembly of followers of Jesus who work in downtown Chicago and love to study the Bible. The Bible study has existed for nearly 36 years teaching through the Bible, mostly trying to share the truth of the Messiah with people working in downtown Chicago.The first time I shared the Gospel with anyone was around 1978 when...  Read More...

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    A Tale of Christmas Past

    With Christmas approaching, the thoughts of many are consumed with last minute shopping, holiday events, family gatherings, and perhaps even the birth of Messiah. Yet, for many Eastern Europeans, this time of the year is significant for still another reason. December 16, 2014, marks the 25th anniversary of the Romanian Revolution.   Read More...

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    10 Recent Reasons Pastors Have Called a Lawyer*

    Written by Noel W. Sterett1. The Mayor called and wants my sermons and emails. This October, attorneys with the Alliance Defending Freedom, an alliance of which Mauck & Baker is proudly a part, stepped in to defend pastors in Houston from subpoenas which were served on them by the mayor’s offense in an effort to intimidate them from opposing her legislation for “gender-neutral” bathrooms.2.   Read More...

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    Second Screwtape Letter Uncovered

    My Dear Wormwood, I heard the unfortunate news that twenty or so of the Enemy’s followers are trying to meet in your patient’s district and even retained experienced land use attorneys after he had them cited for operating “a church” without zoning approval. Good work by the way. Thankfully, zoning codes are almost always one-size fits all when it comes to our Enemy’s assemblies—be it twelve meeting for “prayer” or five thousand gathering at o...  Read More...

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    Why Should Atheists and Agnostics Care About Religious Liberty?

    Written by Whitman H. BriskyReligious liberty means the ability to believe and to worship, or not believe and not worship, as one chooses free from government intrusion or coercion. It means being able to change your faith without fear of punishment.   Read More...

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    Recalling RLUIPA

    “Religious freedom is a bedrock principle in our nation,” said former Senator Edward Kennedy to Congress on July 13, 2000.  These words were spoken less than a month before the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act was passed before both the United States Senate and House of Representatives in a unanimous vote. Six weeks later President Clinton signed the bill creating a new federal law.The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act states that having a ...  Read More...

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    Protecting Your Church: Hiring & Firing

    Written by Noel Sterett and Amy Parrish Proverbs 26:10 teaches us that hiring just “any passerby” or “passing fool” is akin to an archer wounding people at random.  Indeed, in many instances a bad hire may be a fatal blow to an otherwise healthy church —stunting the growth of the church, discouraging the congregation, and draining precious time and resources.  And even when a “bad hire” is recognized, the damage is too often compounded by a “bad fire.” Here are ten ways your churc...  Read More...

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    This Legal "Weed" Could Choke Out Your Church Plant

    Written by Noel W. SterettA dynamic church planting movement has swept across the country over the last decade as many congregations and denominations have responded to a call to be fruitful and multiply. Like the Parable of the Sewer, we have seen some church plants bear tremendous fruit, some spring up quickly only to wither away with little fruit, and some spring up only to be choked out by weeds-particularly legal weeds.   Read More...

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    What is RLUIPA?

    By Attorney Amy J. ParrishThe Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Act of 2000, 2 U.S.C. 2000cc.   Read More...

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