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Posted 7/28/12 at 9:19 AM | Alex Murashko

London Olympics Opening Ceremony: Kevin Durant Mugs with Claressa Shields (PHOTO)

(Photo: Claressa Shields)

U.S. Olympic boxer Claressa Shields, 17, appeared to be having the time of her life during the Opening Ceremonies in London Friday.

Shields tweeted photos of herself and teammates and shortly afterwards tweeted: "Bout to cut down on tweeting for a while." Her resolve to win a gold medal is amazing.

Upon hearing on Friday that she recieved a first-round bye, she posted, "Cool. A step closer to my dream."

For the photo with Kevin Durant she tweeted: "Me an Kevin Durant at open ceremony. We were matching I had to get the pic!"

US Olympic Boxer Claressa Shields: 'God Has a Plan for Me'

Posted 7/27/12 at 1:42 PM | Alex Murashko

Chick-fil-A: Class Act

Faced with a protest by a local gay youth group in the morning, Chick-fil-A didn't have to change the day and the time of its scheduled food giveaway during the grand opening fesitivities of a new location in Orange County, California... but they did.

From the public dialogue with the media and the protesters, to the handling of the two-day opening event, Chick-fil-A proved itself again and again to be a class act.

Here's the story...

Chick-fil-A Grand Opening Avoids Confrontation With OC Gay Youth Group

Chick-fil-A officials at the grand opening of a restaurant in Laguna Hills, Calif., decided to shift gears for the national chain's traditional "First 100" food-for-a-year contest and hold the event the night before it was scheduled in order to avoid any confrontations during a protest by a gay youth group Thursday morning.

The festivities for the two days of opening activities went as planned minus the overnight camping, Chick-fil-A corporate spokesperson Cindy Chapman told The Christian Post after the restaurant opened. The 100 awards of one free Chick-fil-A meal every week for a year were given during a 10:30 p.m. ice cream party at the new location in Orange County Wednesday. FULL POST

Posted 7/26/12 at 11:18 AM | Alex Murashko

Festivities at Chick-fil-A Grand Opening in Orange County Altered?

Alex Murashko
Chick-fil-A drive-thru in Santa Ana, Calif., July 25, 2012.

Did Chick-fil-A have to alter its normal grand opening festivities for its new Laguna Hills, Calif. restaurant today because of a gay youth protest and media surge?

I'll be asking that question today as I report on the chain of events taking place at the restaurant in the Orange County city that's mostly known for its senior citizen community and is far removed from the more liberal town of Laguna Beach that's three miles away.

The Orange County Register is reporting that 100 campers in line to receive free meals were sent home sometime during last night. They were given vouchers to return, but it is unclear if that is standard operating proceedure for the franchise chain's other grand openings.

UPDATE: Chick-fil-A Grand Opening Avoids Confrontation With OC Gay Youth Group

-- Alex Murashko

Posted 7/26/12 at 1:45 AM | Alex Murashko

Gay Youth Plan Chick-fil-A Protest in OC

Christian Post politics reporter Paul Stanley reports that the latest Chick-fil-A controversy is beginning to take on the nature of a frat house food fight, according to some commentators.

I'm keeping watch on a planned protest in Orange County, Calif., by a local youth gay group at the grand opening of a new Chick-fil-A in Laguna Hills (not to be confused with Laguna Beach) on Thursday. More than 300 Chick-fil-A fans began camping out in the parking lot of the restaurant on Wednesday ... not sure where the yellow police tape will go Thursday morning to separate the two crowds. Protesters posted on Facebook that their event begins at 5 am at the location.

Here's what's gone on in just the past few days:

• In a July 2 story published by Biblical Recorder and later reposted by Baptist Press, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy asserts his support for traditional marriage by saying the company was "guilty as charged" when asked about the opposition his company was facing for supporting traditional marriage.

• Actor Ed Helms and leading gay rights activists express outrage over Cathy's comment and suggest yet another boycott of the company's products.

• Last Friday Jim Henson and his company, saying their company embraces "diversity and Inclusiveness," announced they would no longer partner with Chick-fil-A.

• The National Organization for Marriage, along with former Gov. Mike Huckabee, try to rally pro-family supporters by encouraging them to eat at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

• And finally, elected officials in Boston and Chicago have vowed to block Chick-fil-A from building additional restaurants in their cities. FULL POST

Posted 7/23/12 at 11:00 PM | Alex Murashko

Colorado Evangelist: 'Make a Cross, Go to Place of Need'

(Photo: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)
People hold a cross during a vigil for victims behind the theater where a gunman opened fire on moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado July 22, 2012.

People see the cross and rush up to say “Thank you, oh thank you for bringing the cross. Please pray for the people in Aurora, Denver and all of Colorado because there was much suffering and death from the fires a few weeks ago.

I pray that no more such events happen in the world, but should a tragedy happen in your area, one thing you can do is make a cross and go to the place of need and the people will come to the cross. We must identify Jesus and the cross with people where they are. I have given my life out where the people are around the world sharing face to face the message of Jesus and the cross. FULL POST

Posted 7/22/12 at 11:42 AM | Alex Murashko

Sunday Sermon: Where is the Light in the Dark Night?

I imagine there will be more than a few pastors in our nation who will include a direct reference to the Colorado mass murder shooting in Aurora at a first showing of the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises during their sermons on Sunday.

And perhaps if a church leader giving a sermon this weekend isn't including more than a "let's pray for the victims," they should maybe reconsider at the last moment before their regularly scheduled message.

"The community has been terribly shaken by the tragic shooting in Aurora. Christians have been responding with prayer vigils and reaching out to hurting families with support and counseling," apologist, author, and pastor Lee Strobel told me Friday evening. "Our church swung open our chapel for prayer and scrapped plans for our Sunday services. I was supposed to speak on the topic of marriage, but we've postponed that so I can address the question on many minds: Why does God allow tragedy and suffering?" FULL POST

Posted 7/20/12 at 1:13 PM | Alex Murashko

Colorado Shooting: Who's to Blame?

(Image: Third Option Men/David Jesse via Alex Wire

I'll be writing a story today on the opinions expressed by Christian author and speaker David Jesse in light of the shooting in Colorado at a screening of the new Batman movie. His article published this morning appeared on the website of Third Option Men, a ministry for men.

The DARK Knight Rises: Where's the LIGHT?

I'd like your thoughts on David's column.

– Alex Murashko 

Posted 7/19/12 at 2:44 PM | Alex Murashko

Claressa 'T-Rex' Shields: The Movie (TRAILER)

Seventeen-year-old U.S. Olympic team boxer Claressa Shields prays in her corner of the ring before every fight.

Dubbed by boxing experts as a superstar in the making, Shields was 26-0 before suffering her first loss on her way to qualifying for the Olympics in London.

"When she lost for the first time in her life she prayed very hard," says photographer Sue Jaye Johnson, who is on a film production team along with two others documenting her journey to and at the Olympics.

"She emerged from that experience feeling like God was trying to send her a message. That she needed to experience a loss and not take anything for granted," Johnson told The Christian Post.

Upon learning on May 18 that she qualified for the Olympics, Shields told USA Boxing, "The first thing I thought was thank you God, I'm so, so happy. You are there, you are hearing me."

It is the first time in Olympics history that women's boxing will be a medal sport and Shields is the youngest U.S. boxer in 40 years... FULL POST

Posted 7/19/12 at 11:04 AM | Alex Murashko

Harvest America Requests Prayer for Media Today

(Image: HarvestAmerica.com via Alex Wire

Just had to share that today's prayer request from Harvest America, a first-of-its-kind event led by evangelist Greg Laurie, is to pray for the media. Thanks Harvest America, we need it! [smile]

Just a thought... what if your next tweet or like or share was about this prayer request instead of a photo of your mocha at Starbucks?

...just a thought!

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Posted 7/18/12 at 10:45 AM | Alex Murashko

Fighting for the Homeless; Claressa Shields Going for Gold

(Photo: Sue Jaye Johnson)

There are times when reporting is an absolute joy... and blessing.

The last couple of weeks have been just such a time. Not only did I have the pleasure of interviewing the founding twin sisters of New Image Emergency Shelter in Los Angeles over the phone, I was able to witness On a Wing and a Prayer Ministry provide a worship service to the center – and meet the twins in person. The ministry's motto, "bringing church to where there is no church," certainly held true during my visit last Saturday.

The issue of homelessness again came into play when I reported on the story of Dawn Martinez and her Bible study at a Camden, N.J., McDonald's. After two years of holding a small group Bible study for the homeless and drug addicted of the area she was told she could no longer meet at the fast-food restaurant. Find her story here and here. FULL POST

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