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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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    Three Church Practices Every Ministry's HR Should Implement

    Attorney Amy Parrish shares her advice to ministry leaders on the first steps in preparing a successful employee culture. 1. First, review any available ministry or denominational procedures that are already in place concerning employees as a guide. Some examples include: bylaws, job descriptions, benefits and retirement and a dispute resolution policy.   Read More...

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    Free Speech Ignored for DePaul Professor

    On Monday, November 29, 2010, the Illinois Supreme Court decided not to hear Professor Thomas Klocek’s appeal, bringing an end to his five-year suit against DePaul University for destroying his reputation. The case had been litigated in the circuit court for years in front of a number of different judges: two of which ruled Klocek properly stated valid claims against DePaul; the last of which, however, unexpectedly threw the entire case out on the eve of the trial in 2009. The appellate co...  Read More...

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    Leaps of faith landed John Mauck in niche of church zoning lawsuits

    Originally published by the Illinois State Bar Association "How did you get into that?" I am often asked. I suppose when a lawyer has committed his life and practice to serving Jesus, and then spent a dozen years doing real estate transactions, it should not be a huge leap to end up handling zoning disputes for people of faith. But still I was startled when Joe Zavagnin called me.   Read More...

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