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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The Continual Burnt Offering: Can State Government Close Churches?

The Continual Burnt Offering: Can State Government Close Churches?

| May 14, 2020

Across the nation, State Governors have issued Executive Orders restricting the operation of businesses and the daily activities of individuals.  They are doing so in response to the COVID-19 pandemic which has swept America and the world.  These Orders often include prohibitions on the gathering of 10 or more people in any enclosed space. Churches […]

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Abortion and the Politicization of the Supreme Court

Abortion and the Politicization of the Supreme Court

| April 9, 2020

Hyper partisanship in America has greatly injured and weakened our nation.  It would have us see issues as a zero sum game where there are winners and losers.  It has caused us to view opportunities with suspicion, and to confront problems with denial.  We are today far more concerned with who was wrong, than with […]

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The Second Reinvention Of Capitalism

The Second Reinvention Of Capitalism

| November 19, 2019

In 1916, the Ford Motor Company was one of the most profitable corporations in the world.  Its Model T dominated the market for automobiles – more than 500,000 produced that year.  Henry Ford kept dropping the price, from $825 in 1909 down to $345 in 1916, the equivalent of $7,943 today. The Company had accumulated […]

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Music, Mozart, and the First Amendment – The Seventh Circuit Issues a Ruling Favoring Religious Freedom

Music, Mozart, and the First Amendment – The Seventh Circuit Issues a Ruling Favoring Religious Freedom

| September 12, 2019

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit had before it an employment discrimination case raising First Amendment Freedom of Religion questions.  It issued an opinion that may reshape how courts view employment disputes at religious organizations. The case is Sterlinski v. Catholic Bishop of Chicago.  Stanislaw Sterlinski was the organist at St. […]

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The Supreme Court’s Bladensburg Peace Cross Decision Announces A New Definition For The Establishment Of Religion

The Supreme Court’s Bladensburg Peace Cross Decision Announces A New Definition For The Establishment Of Religion

| July 16, 2019

On June 20, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in American Legion v. American Humanist Assn., concerning a large cross on public lands, erected as a war memorial. The nine justices produced eight different opinions (a majority decision, a plurality decision, five concurring opinions, and a dissent). In so doing, the Court […]

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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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