Thomas Schetelich

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Thomas Schetelich is a founding principal in the law firm of Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew in Baltimore, Maryland, and a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar. He heads both the firm’s corporate/ business law practice and its personal legal services department. He is an AV rated attorney awarded for highest standards of professional skill and ethical practice. Mr. Schetelich devotes much of his practice to assisting charitable and religious organizations, and is the President of The Christian Professional Network. He is a frequent speaker on Biblical and legal matters throughout the United States.

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Abortion, the Supreme Court, and the Limits of Personal Freedom

Abortion, the Supreme Court, and the Limits of Personal Freedom

| June 17, 2019

The last substantive decision from the Supreme Court concerning abortion was Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, decided in June, 2016. There the Court found unconstitutional a Texas law requiring that (i) abortion facilities had to meet the safety standards of outpatient surgical centers, and (ii) that doctors at an abortion center had to have admitting […]

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The Supreme Court and the “Exercise” of  Religion

The Supreme Court and the “Exercise” of Religion

| May 8, 2019

On March 6, 2019, the New Yorker posted an article by Jeffry Toobin: The Supreme Court is Quietly Changing the Status of Religion in America Life.  Mr. Toobin, who has followed the Supreme Court for many years, has taken notice of an important development in the law. That the most active area of constitutional jurisprudence […]

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Pastor’s Housing Allowance Found Constitutional

Pastor’s Housing Allowance Found Constitutional

| April 9, 2019

Since 1954, pastors have been able to receive an annual Housing Allowance from their churches that is not subject to income tax. It is the most important tax benefit available to ministers and clergy, which the U.S. Treasury Department estimates saves $1 billion in taxes each year. The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) actively challenges […]

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The Great Entrepreneurs of the Bible – Boaz: Business as the Extension of Faith

The Great Entrepreneurs of the Bible – Boaz: Business as the Extension of Faith

| February 14, 2019

Boaz is an outstanding example of a Christian in business. His story is told in Chapters 2 through 4 of the Book of Ruth, and outside of that account, he is mentioned elsewhere in the Bible only in the genealogies.  But those few chapters paint a character portrait every Christian in business would do well […]

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The Great Entrepreneurs of the Bible: Matthew – The Publican and the Zealot

The Great Entrepreneurs of the Bible: Matthew – The Publican and the Zealot

| January 13, 2019

The Christian Professional Network presents this series of articles on the great entrepreneurs of the Bible.  Our series continues with Matthew. Matthew was (so far as we can tell) the first man of substantial means to leave his business to follow Jesus. He was a tax collector, which meant that he owned a territory in […]

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The Great Entrepreneurs of the Bible: Job – The First Rainmaker

The Great Entrepreneurs of the Bible: Job – The First Rainmaker

| November 19, 2018

The Christian Professional Network presents this series of articles on the great entrepreneurs in the Bible.  Our series continues with Job. The Book of Job is a famous account of a good man whose life went into crisis.  Our attention is immediately drawn to all the problems, and how he struggled to find understanding. Easily […]

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The Great Entrepreneurs of the Bible: Solomon and Ten Rules for Entrepreneurs

The Great Entrepreneurs of the Bible: Solomon and Ten Rules for Entrepreneurs

| September 9, 2018

The Christian Professional Network presents this series of articles on the great entrepreneurs in the Bible.  Our series starts with King Solomon. Dictionary.com defines an entrepreneur as “a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.”  Solomon undertook to organize and manage an entire kingdom, and not […]

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Faith and the Hard Work of Democracy

Faith and the Hard Work of Democracy

| August 13, 2018

George Washington’s Farewell Address is one of the classic documents of American history.  Conceived by President Washington near the end of his first term, the text originally drafted by James Madison, set aside as Washington served a second term, refined by Alexander Hamilton, and released by Washington ten weeks before the electors cast ballots in […]

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The Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision: The Supreme Court and Religious Freedom in the Marketplace

The Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision: The Supreme Court and Religious Freedom in the Marketplace

| June 14, 2018

Few decisions from the United States Supreme Court this term were as anxiously anticipated as that in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.  Everyone anticipated a close decision where the Court would balance religious liberty against discrimination based on sexual orientation.  The decision announced on June 4, 2018 was not close and it […]

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In Memory of Billy Graham

In Memory of Billy Graham

| March 12, 2018

I met Billy Graham on July 9, 2006.  He was in Baltimore for the Metro-Maryland Festival, featuring his son Franklin as the primary speaker.  I was the Chair of the Festival’s Executive Committee, and had been leading the team working on this event for the past three years.  The general assumption was that Billy Graham […]

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