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    Mauck & Baker Gains a Partner

    Soo Yeon Lee, of counsel attorney with Mauck & Baker, has made the welcome transition to becoming a partner at the firm.The attorneys at Mauck & Baker take their mission to do work for the Kingdom and make disciples very seriously. Rich Baker said it this way: “Practicing law in this firm is ultimately a spiritual calling and challenge. With our firm it can often be spiritual warfare...  Read More...

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    What Goes on Behind the Scenes of Religious Liberty?

    There is war being waged in our country. Every day, battles for religious liberty are being fought over zoning laws, unjustified criminal prosecution, employee discrimination, municipalities violating First Amendment rights to evangelize in public areas, and state laws that ban counseling for people wanting to be free from unwanted same-sex attraction. People may protest and petition to show their discontent with these laws, but who actually steps onto the frontlines to make sure they get changed?  Read More...

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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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