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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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    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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