Law Meets Gospel
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 48
  • Last: 29 Nov 2017
Law Meets Gospel informs faith communities about legal and law-related issues. Each episode addresses a legal or legal-related issue that leaders in churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and other religious communities face as part of day-to-day business. Host Josh Tatum is an Indianapolis lawyer who works with faith communities, nonprofits, businesses, and individuals across the country on a variety of legal issues. He earned joint degrees in law and theology from Vanderbilt University. Josh practices at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP.

Episodes (48)

  • 1747 Law in Luther's Day
    1747 Law in Luther's Day
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    Published: 29 Nov 2017 Duration: 17:50
    Before Martin Luther became a monk, he was a rather successful student whose father encouraged his path into the study of law. Informed in part by his brief stint in law school and other encounters with lawyers in his day, he developed a di... Read more →
    Before Martin Luther became a monk, he was a rather successful student whose father encouraged his path into the study of law. Informed in part by his brief stint in law school and other encounters with lawyers in his day, he developed a di... Read more →

  • 1746 Building a Culture of Accountability
    1746 Building a Culture of Accountability
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    Published: 21 Nov 2017 Duration: 15:36
    When organizations lack accountability mechanisms, they can become stagnant. When someone suggests implementing some accountability or asks specific questions about current practices, the person responsible for that aspect of the faith comm... Read more →
    When organizations lack accountability mechanisms, they can become stagnant. When someone suggests implementing some accountability or asks specific questions about current practices, the person responsible for that aspect of the faith comm... Read more →

  • 1745 Authority to marry
    1745 Authority to marry
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    Published: 7 Nov 2017 Duration: 14:22
    All states authorize clergy to perform marriage ceremonies. But each state has its own definitions and procedures. For example, some states have narrow definitions of who qualifies as clergy, sometimes even requiring registration. And the c... Read more →
    All states authorize clergy to perform marriage ceremonies. But each state has its own definitions and procedures. For example, some states have narrow definitions of who qualifies as clergy, sometimes even requiring registration. And the c... Read more →

  • 1744 Reformation 500!
    1744 Reformation 500!
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    Published: 31 Oct 2017 Duration: 11:39
    October 31, 2017, marks the five hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther's ninety-five theses, which sparked the Reformation. The ripples of the Reformation still can be seen in the Church and society. Law Meets Gospel marks the occasion wit... Read more →
    October 31, 2017, marks the five hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther's ninety-five theses, which sparked the Reformation. The ripples of the Reformation still can be seen in the Church and society. Law Meets Gospel marks the occasion wit... Read more →

  • 1743 Gifts received after dissolution
    1743 Gifts received after dissolution
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    Published: 24 Oct 2017 Duration: 16:28
    What happens when someone gives a gift to a religious organization that no longer exists? Leaders should consider several things before dissolving an organization to make the answer more certain. First, ensure the organization uses clear la... Read more →
    What happens when someone gives a gift to a religious organization that no longer exists? Leaders should consider several things before dissolving an organization to make the answer more certain. First, ensure the organization uses clear la... Read more →

  • 1742 Housing allowance decision
    1742 Housing allowance decision
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    Published: 18 Oct 2017 Duration: 14:39
    The federal district court for the Western District of Wisconsin recently held that the Tax Code's housing allowance violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. The decision in Gaylor v. Mnuchin, (W.D. Wis., Oct. 6, 2017), deals wi... Read more →
    The federal district court for the Western District of Wisconsin recently held that the Tax Code's housing allowance violates the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. The decision in Gaylor v. Mnuchin, (W.D. Wis., Oct. 6, 2017), deals wi... Read more →

  • 1741 What to do with assets when a worshiping community closes
    1741 What to do with assets when a worshiping community closes
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    Published: 10 Oct 2017 Duration: 14:47
    If history is any indication, every worshiping community's life ends sometime. If that happens under the U.S. Tax Code, there are limits on how assets must be distributed. Musical instruments, books, and furnishings can't just be given to t... Read more →
    If history is any indication, every worshiping community's life ends sometime. If that happens under the U.S. Tax Code, there are limits on how assets must be distributed. Musical instruments, books, and furnishings can't just be given to t... Read more →

  • 1740 Responding to allegations of sex abuse
    1740 Responding to allegations of sex abuse
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    Published: 3 Oct 2017 Duration: 13:06
    What should you do if a leader of your religious organization is accused of sexual abuse? Assess the facts. Contact and coordinate with law enforcement. Contact denominational leaders. Disclose the facts to the congregation and invite other... Read more →
    What should you do if a leader of your religious organization is accused of sexual abuse? Assess the facts. Contact and coordinate with law enforcement. Contact denominational leaders. Disclose the facts to the congregation and invite other... Read more →

  • 1739 Website privacy policies
    1739 Website privacy policies
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    Published: 26 Sep 2017 Duration: 09:07
    If your religious organization has a website, it should have at least a basic privacy statement informing users what information you collect on the site, who has access to it, what you do with it, and how you protect it. Resources Does ... Read more →
    If your religious organization has a website, it should have at least a basic privacy statement informing users what information you collect on the site, who has access to it, what you do with it, and how you protect it. Resources Does ... Read more →

  • 1738 Privacy and photos
    1738 Privacy and photos
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    Published: 19 Sep 2017 Duration: 10:48
    Religious organizations should be respectful when posting photos, videos, and audio from public events they host. Although nonprofits are exempt from the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), they should adhere to its requirements fo... Read more →
    Religious organizations should be respectful when posting photos, videos, and audio from public events they host. Although nonprofits are exempt from the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), they should adhere to its requirements fo... Read more →

  • 1737 Child Online Privacy Protection Act
    1737 Child Online Privacy Protection Act
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    Published: 12 Sep 2017 Duration: 12:54
    Religious organizations and other nonprofits are not subject to the rules under the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), but COPPA's rules provide a good example of how to deal with information collected from children under 13. It r... Read more →
    Religious organizations and other nonprofits are not subject to the rules under the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), but COPPA's rules provide a good example of how to deal with information collected from children under 13. It r... Read more →

  • 1736 Obama overtime rules overturned
    1736 Obama overtime rules overturned
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    Published: 5 Sep 2017 Duration: 15:45
    A federal court declared Obama-era overtime rules invalid just in time for Labor Day. On August 31 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued an order explaining that rules implemented under the Fair Labor Standards Ac... Read more →
    A federal court declared Obama-era overtime rules invalid just in time for Labor Day. On August 31 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued an order explaining that rules implemented under the Fair Labor Standards Ac... Read more →

  • 1735 Authority to enter contracts
    1735 Authority to enter contracts
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    Published: 29 Aug 2017 Duration: 15:40
    How do you know whether a representative has the authority to enter into an agreement on behalf of an organization? In short, the governing documents and resolutions of the board of directors can authorize a representative. But many organiz... Read more →
    How do you know whether a representative has the authority to enter into an agreement on behalf of an organization? In short, the governing documents and resolutions of the board of directors can authorize a representative. But many organiz... Read more →

  • 1734 Stop using comp time with nonexempt employees
    1734 Stop using comp time with nonexempt employees
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    Published: 22 Aug 2017 Duration: 11:38
    Does your organization use compensatory time instead of paying employees overtime? Stop! Many mistakenly believe that nonprofits are allowed to give employees time off to make up for earned overtime. But this isn't true. If an employee is s... Read more →
    Does your organization use compensatory time instead of paying employees overtime? Stop! Many mistakenly believe that nonprofits are allowed to give employees time off to make up for earned overtime. But this isn't true. If an employee is s... Read more →

  • 1733 Practical effect of Trinity Lutheran
    1733 Practical effect of Trinity Lutheran
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    Published: 15 Aug 2017 Duration: 19:36
    The conclusion of Josh's discussion with Dave Roland, the Director of Litigation and cofounder of the Freedom Center of Missouri about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer. Dave and Josh talk about the pos... Read more →
    The conclusion of Josh's discussion with Dave Roland, the Director of Litigation and cofounder of the Freedom Center of Missouri about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer. Dave and Josh talk about the pos... Read more →

  • 1732 Cases remanded after Trinity Lutheran
    1732 Cases remanded after Trinity Lutheran
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    Published: 8 Aug 2017 Duration: 18:41
    The third part of Josh's discussion with Dave Roland, the Director of Litigation and cofounder of the Freedom Center of Missouri about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer. Dave and Josh talk about two cas... Read more →
    The third part of Josh's discussion with Dave Roland, the Director of Litigation and cofounder of the Freedom Center of Missouri about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer. Dave and Josh talk about two cas... Read more →

  • 1731 Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer dissent
    1731 Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer dissent
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    Published: 1 Aug 2017 Duration: 28:26
    The second part of Josh's discussion with Dave Roland, the Director of Litigation and cofounder of the Freedom Center of Missouri about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer. Dave and Josh talk about the se... Read more →
    The second part of Josh's discussion with Dave Roland, the Director of Litigation and cofounder of the Freedom Center of Missouri about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer. Dave and Josh talk about the se... Read more →

  • 1730 Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer decision
    1730 Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer decision
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    Published: 25 Jul 2017 Duration: 29:27
    Josh talks with Dave Roland, the Director of Litigation and cofounder of the Freedom Center of Missouri about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="150"] Dave Roland... Read more →
    Josh talks with Dave Roland, the Director of Litigation and cofounder of the Freedom Center of Missouri about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="150"] Dave Roland... Read more →

  • 1729 Conflicts of Interest overview
    1729 Conflicts of Interest overview
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    Published: 18 Jul 2017 Duration: 15:31
    Conflicts of interest are an inevitable part of doing any business, including for religious organizations. Josh talks about what a conflict of interest is, potential downfalls resulting from mishandling conflicts of interest, and key practi... Read more →
    Conflicts of interest are an inevitable part of doing any business, including for religious organizations. Josh talks about what a conflict of interest is, potential downfalls resulting from mishandling conflicts of interest, and key practi... Read more →

  • 1728 Whether and How to Act without Meeting
    1728 Whether and How to Act without Meeting
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    Published: 11 Jul 2017 Duration: 11:48
    In most jurisdictions, to do business in an organization requires either a meeting or a unanimous written consent. In this episode, Josh discusses some of the reasons religious groups might not allow decision-making without a meeting, the m... Read more →
    In most jurisdictions, to do business in an organization requires either a meeting or a unanimous written consent. In this episode, Josh discusses some of the reasons religious groups might not allow decision-making without a meeting, the m... Read more →

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