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  • Consumer Warning: Christian Lawyers of America, Inc.

    By Stephen Bloom | March 2, 2010

    Be careful out there folks!

    Just because a company uses the phrase “Christian Lawyers” in its name doesn’t mean it will reflect genuine Christian ethics and professionalism.

    I’ve been getting research alerts on consumer complaints about a company called Christian Lawyers of America, Inc., a company that claims it “has the experience and the network to protect you legally against creditors, lenders and banks.”

    Well, the Better Business Bureau of the Southland (California, where the company in question is based) gives Christian Lawyers of America, Inc., a resounding “F” grade, warning consumers:  ”We strongly question the company’s reliability for reasons such as that they have failed to respond to complaints, their advertising is grossly misleading, they are not in compliance with the law’s licensing or registration requirements, their complaints contain especially serious allegations, or the company’s industry is known for its fraudulent business practices.”

    Question: Have you been scammed by a lawyer who claims to be a Christian? 

    Topics: Christian lawyer, scam alert | 92 Comments »

    Our Godly Heritage: Not a thing of the past

    By Stephen Bloom | February 17, 2010

    It’s always good to run across current legal documents that boldly reflect our nation’s godly heritage. I’m not talking about ancient history, but valid, active, present-day law. Today I was reading the Pennsylvania Constitution. Here’s what I found:

    Preamble: “WE, the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance, do ordain and establish this Constitution.”

    Section 3: “All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences; no man can of right be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship or to maintain any ministry against his consent; no human authority can, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience, and no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious establishments or modes of worship.”

    Amen.

    Question: Does your state constitution openly and reverently acknowledge God? 

    Topics: religious freedom | No Comments »

    Better than any lawyer’s advice

    By Stephen Bloom | February 5, 2010

    I’ve been practicing law for a long time. I’ve learned a lot, read a lot, seen a lot. And I’ve never found a better, stronger, simpler tool for resolving conflict than “The Slippery Slope” by Peacemaker Ministries. Here it is:

    The Slippery Slope

    Learn it, live it. More info and supporting Scripture are at Staying on Top of Conflict on the Peacemaker Ministries website.

    Question: How do you resolve conflict?

    Topics: common legal issues, conflict resolution | 1 Comment »

    Three Rings and You’re Out: Bishop Busted for Bells

    By Stephen Bloom | January 29, 2010

    Zero tolerance for church bells? Ring free zones?

    Instead of getting tough on dealers, Arizona prosecutors are going after pealers.

    It doesn’t ring true, but it is. Here’s the video report from Alliance Defense Fund:

    ADF is representing the bellringing Bishop in an appeal hearing of his criminal conviction and, in a separate civil case, is challenging the application of local noise ordinances to church bells.

    Question: Has the freedom of your church been threatened by overzealous government regulation?

    Topics: religious freedom | 1 Comment »

    Missed ministry: What are the top legal issues confronting members of your congregation?

    By Stephen Bloom | January 23, 2010

    Your church is full of vibrant ministries reaching out to meet the pressing needs of congregation and community, as you seek to offer real life expressions of Christ’s love. But are you overlooking one of the most relevant and vital areas of need?

    As a Christian lawyer, I can’t avoid hearing about the legal problems confronting my fellow believers. People confide in me not only at the law office, but at almost every gathering I attend, even Sunday morning services in my own church. And too often, it turns out the only counsel they’ve been getting is the destructive advice of some secular-minded lawyer.

    But you don’t have to stand back and let the people you serve wander alone in the rough and tumble legal arena. You have an amazing opportunity to fill the spiritual void with the healing power of God’s counsel (and believe me, the Bible offers plenty of positive, redemptive legal advice, some of which I humbly attempt to capture in my book, The Believer’s Guide to Legal Issues).

    Based on my experience, here are the top legal issues facing the people in your church:

    1) Divorce and family law

    2) Bankruptcy and financial crisis

    3) Injury and accidents

    4) Employment and workplace problems

    5) Criminal incidents

    6) Tax problems

    7) Elder law and estate planning

    Healing, restoration, and forgiveness abound when people struggling with the weight of legal challenges discover the Bible’s rich, constructive (and often very much counter-cultural) advice. Give it to them!

    Question: What legal issues confront the members of your church?

    Topics: Bible, common legal issues | 3 Comments »

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