Saturday, April 16, 2011

magical thinking at the pump

Video - "pastor" Marshall Mabry clowning on CNN

AJC | Members of a central Georgia church plan to gather at gas pumps to pray for lower prices.

WMAZ-TV reports the Beacon of Light Christian Center is planning the Saturday prayer gathering at gas pumps outside a Kroger grocery store in Dublin.

Pastor Marshall Mabry said he believes that if church members come together and pray as a community, they can make something happen.

Mabry said that with prices reaching almost $4, he says he plans to ask God for help.

He said it's the third time members of his congregation have met at gas pumps to pray.

Mabry said he wants to start a movement which spreads from the small town of Dublin to the rest of the nation.

Dublin is about 130 miles southeast of Atlanta.


brotherbrown said...

I hope it works...If it does, I might have to reconsider my agnosticism.

CNu said...


it worked as far as it's ever worked.

the collective security club is a proven evolutionarily stable strategy - FOR REPRODUCTION!!!!

The buxom, shiny, first lady of the choich is the complete arc of brah'man's "faith".

Everything else is merely conversation....,

ken said...

Its surprising so much thought is put into this since we already know the deepest root of atheism has always been, and will always continue to be, the strong and understandable desire to place as much distance as possible between ones rational self and the ludicrous and dangerously flaming nuttery that passes for modern western xtianity, I mean it really doesn't get any deeper than that.

It seems like this guy hasn't got the memo that ignoring those nuts puts more distance between him and them.

CNu said...

that tagline "liminal perspectives on consensus reality" is sincere.

are there levels of cornucopian ridiculousness that even you find silly or embarrassing?

ken said...

How would one answer "no" to a question phrased that way. If were talking about prayer at the pump, I am not much for going on site and praying. I would probably take this scripture for instruction:

Matthew 6
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him."

My guess is, and I am not sure, if the church is going to go on site they, are going to make sure they stay there awhile and ask for the same thing over and over in many different ways, which I would have trouble agreeing with.

As for the thought itself the pastor said: “We are praying that God…will first, stabilize the economy, two, bring peace to the Middle East, and three bring down gas prices,” he said.

I think that's a better priority list than this article lets on and it would be ok to pray for this in church or even at home or to ask God to give you provision to make it through this time.

CNu said...


"oil on jesus, burn it on up"

ken said...

I enjoyed that article and shared it when you first posted it a couple of years ago. I should read more of the comments there when I have the time. It a couple were taking the guy seriously.

CNu said...

The site was dedicated in large measure to a quite serious interrogation of this very subject.

It's not as if any of "the base" actually implement any of their professed beliefs, like the good Mennonites or Old Order Amish do. So when you look at the typical American xtian, you're looking at the fusion of irreconcilable ethics, beliefs, and ideology. At bottom, however, it's the indisputable materialism and militarism of the "the base" that render their professions hypocritical and anti-Christian beyond any possible shadow of a doubt.

Gee Chee Vision said...

What's he suppose to do? Creflo Dollar dun took the top hat, howitzer, battleship, sack of loot, train and left Georgia pastors sitting twiddling their thimbles. I'm sure he was shooting for a local news spot, not anticipating CNN coverage of his Kingfish scheme.

CNu said...


GCV say "kingfish scheme"....,

thanks for that highlight of my day thus far brah!

Gee Chee Vision said...

"Surely, any cancer that attacks the very intellect of a society would put the society itself at a competitive disadvantage. Surely, tribes founded on secular empiricism would develop better technology, better medicines, better hands-on understanding of The Way Things Work, than tribes gripped by primeval cloud-worshipping superstition."

CNu, as you already know, without moving beyond our local Chaco Canyons this is historically inaccurate. I think thats pretty arrogant. One fails a test and concludes others will fail because it was the fault of the test not themselves. You know, "surely the Dogon people had alien intervention."

I do acknowledge that he specified "the religious right." Still at times his language unearths some presumptions.

Speaking on primeval, it would be an interesting study to explore the possibility of cultural components inserted into the Theory of Evolution. Although found in other cultures, is the idea of the "wild man" or the man-beast or the Australopithecus nothing more than an extension of European mythologies? For example the satyr, centaur, minotaur, vampire (man-bat), werewolf (the lycanthrope), the mermaid etc. Do they get an exclusive pass to update their own mythologies using Evolution?

CNu said...

Why and by what factors/factions was Plato compelled to deeply occult the Pythagorean essence of his knowledge, belief, and praxis?

Why have all western societies of knowledge been compelled to hide their common truths and quest for ever ascending and evolving truth from the dull, envious, and violent gaze of their allegedly "religious" contemporaries?

What was true for Plato, was true for the Ismaili Al-Hazen, and for da Vinci and so on....,

brotherbrown said...

 A person who believes in the power of prayer,  and I can find you many of those, will say that all of those things you mentioned happened because of God's divine providence.    They would tell you they aren't smart enough to figure out all the right things to do, but God is able, so they put it in God's hands, and God answered their prayers.

Aanyway, I also wanted to share the six-year price chart for a longer perspective

CNu said...

A person who believes in the power of prayer

would have their whole and entire world rocked by a comparatively miniscule quantity of dried entheogenic mushrooms..., 

here is my body, given for you, take, eat, in rememberance of me.....,

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