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    Does Religious Liberty Have a Friend in soon-to-be Justice Gorsuch?

    When it comes to religious liberty, America has long had the best laws. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution succinctly and powerfully states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Many state constitutions contain even stronger protections for religious liberty and recognize the God of the Bible as the foundation of good governance and the source of our liberty. On top of constitutional protections, Co...  Read More...

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    Case Dismissed Victory: Pastors Free to Counsel Concerning Same-Sex Attraction

    On February 15, federal Judge Ronald Guzman ruled that pastors are not subject to the Illinois’ Youth Mental Health Protection Act (YMHPA) that went into effect January 1, 2016; consequently Illinois pastors can now feel less risk in telling counselees that Jesus can help them with unwanted same-sex attraction. This is truly a victory as it frees pastors to counsel to those who experience unwanted same-sex attraction and see homosexual behavior as sin. It is important we spread the word on...  Read More...

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    A Jury to Decide Damages after City Changed Laws to Keep Church Out

    A jury will decide the extent of damages done to the church Christian Assembly Rios de Agua Viva which was illegally burdened after the City of Burbank changed its laws to prevent the church from moving onto property it was set to purchase at 8100 South Parkside Avenue back in September 2010. Because the property was located in a commercial district, Burbank required the church to obtain a special use permit in order to use the property for religious purposes. But as the church was attempting to...  Read More...

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    Lawsuit Settled: Church’s Resale Ministry Stays Open

    The Village of Antioch and Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church have settled a two year dispute concerning the church’s resale ministry. The ministry, which is operated in a converted storage building on the church’s 5.1-acre property, is run by volunteers and provides donated items to the public at little or no cost. The Village sought to close the ministry arguing that the building it operated in did not contain handicap accessible bathrooms and drinking fountains and because it was not ...  Read More...

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    Justice First: What the Lord Requires of You

    “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To do Justice, love Mercy and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8.This familiar verse is found in a portion of Micah in which God has placed His people on trial for their sin, and is in answer to what is, in effect, the same question posed to Jesus by the rich young man, “What must I do to be saved?” (Luke 18:18, Mark 10:17, Matthew 19:16).   Read More...

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    Year in Review: Law Achievements of 2016

    We are grateful for the fruitful labor God commissioned us with in 2016. Join us as we take a look at our year in review and prayerfully pursue God's glory in the legal work yet to come! Living Spring International Church v. Midlothian, ILIn March 2016, Mauck & Baker filed suit on behalf of Living Spring International Church against the Village of Midlothian to protect the Church’s right to worship at its building located 4645 147th Street.   Read More...

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    Illinois Bible Colleges Head to The Court of Appeals

    Three Illinois Bible colleges will appear before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Dec. 8, 2016 to argue their right to operate and grant religious degrees without government interference into the content of their religious teaching or their religious faculty members. In January 2015, Mauck & Baker, LLC filed a lawsuit on behalf of Dayspring Bible College & Seminary, Providence Baptist College, United Faith Christian Institute and Bible College, as well as two associati...  Read More...

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    Trump and the Future of Religious Liberty

    We are cautiously optimistic that the election of Donald Trump will eventually protect and advance religious liberty.What we know:The Supreme Court is precariously balanced between judges who give little regard to religious liberty when weighed against other competing interests and judges who will give religion liberty a fair hearing.The Clinton/Obama axis was clearly anti-religious freedom in the legal arena. The Chairman of the U.S. Obama Appointed Civil Rights Commissioner recently wrote that...  Read More...

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    Illinois Hispanic Pastors Coalition: The Church's Need for Legal Advisers

    Centro Comunitario Cristiano Church will host a presentation by attorney John Mauck on The Church's Need for Legal Advisers. The presentation begins at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, November 23, and will be followed by a question and answer session followed by a luncheon. Paralegal Mikaela Hills will serve as Spanish translator for the presentation. Mikaela is a multicultural professional with eighteen years of experience in Latin American countries and speaks Spanish fluently. To RVSP email ...  Read More...

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    It is Well With My Soul: Election Edition

    Will it be well with your soul on November 9, 2016? If many of the pre-election, partisan prognosticators are to be believed, Nov. 9, 2016, the day after the election, will be the end of America.   Read More...

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