Worldviews at odds

Perspectives on the April 14 “Elaine photography case” U.S. Supreme Court ruling to let the lower court ruling stand

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501(c)(3) legislation alert — comment deadline is tomorrow!

Here’s your chance to help protect your church’s rights to educate the flock by holding non-partisan debates! Tell the IRS that you do NOT want proposed new 501(c)(4) regulations to be applied to 501(c)(3) churches! In a recent interview with Phoenix-based Certified Public Accountant Monica J. Stern, I learned that the IRS has released proposed […]

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2 quick tips for planning a disastrous mission trip

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A group of 12 teenagers from your church just convinced the senior pastor they can raise the money for an evangelistic outreach.

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Dangers in defining church membership

How does corporate church membership affect risk management?

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The “Duck Dynasty” dispute: a matter of Constitutional concern for church leaders?

On December 22, 2013, images and footage of America’s infamous, bearded duck hunter flooded primetime news headlines. What’s the buzz about? In an interview with GQ magazine, Phil Robertson — a Southern, fundamentalist Christian hunter from the popular A&E series “Duck Dynasty” — called homosexuality a sin. The network decided to suspend the reality star […]

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“The hardest job I’ve done: being an elder’s wife”

“Why don’t they consider the elder’s spouse in the selection and training process?”, Tisha asked as we chatted. I was interviewing her as part of my due diligence evaluation of her company, “After the Fact — Final Affairs,” which assists in the administration and closing of probate matters. As we chatted, her comments as the […]

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Federal District Court rules clergy housing exclusion unconstitutional

On Nov. 21, 2013, a Federal trial court in Wisconsin declared that the clergy housing exclusion — often referred to as the minister’s parsonage allowance — is unconstitutional for clergy providing their own homes. This startling decision from a Federal District Court is sending shockwaves through the faith community.  The name of the case is […]

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May I legally share my faith in the workplace?

In these days when we hear the phrase “separation of church and state” thrown around like it’s the Gospel, it can be confusing to sort out just what’s acceptable behavior in the workplace and in our businesses!

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No, really! The times ARE a-changin’!

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mitchell, TX, for example was hit for more than $35 million in a sex abuse claim.

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Risk Management Realities: Times are a-changin’!

The public perception of churches has hit a downward spiral as America becomes more and more “litigation-go-lucky.”

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