The War Room

Posted: 01/12/2011 in Introduction

Welcome to the Manley Cave. You can thank my wife for the title.  I guess if we carry its imagery to the infamous Bat Cave, my administratively-gifted wife would be Alfred (if he were a younger, good-looking woman instead of an old British guy) to my Batman – or, perhaps more accurately for those familiar with Veggie Tales, Alfred to my Larry Boy.  So if anything goes wrong with this blog – it was me.  If it gets fixed, it was her.

When I think of a man cave, two very different images pop to mind.  The first is like the cinematic setting used by Captain Faramir and his soldiers in the LOTR film, The Return of the King.  Their cave is a shelter in which warriors rally together, develop strategy, and gather weapons for battle (since the cave is also a makeshift arsenal). Fires in the cave provide light and warmth.  It’s a place to sit and think as the next day approaches.  In this cave, the captain and soldiers are sheltered in perilous times – both from the elements and the enemy.  Inevitably, soldiers will have to leave the cave and face the battles ahead – in perilous times in a hostile cultures.

You should also know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times.  2For people will love only themselves and their money.  They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful.  They will consider nothing sacred. 3They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control; they will be cruel and have no interest in what is good. 4They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5They will act as if they are religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly…  ~2 Timothy 3:1-5a NLT

The other image that comes to mind when thinking of a man cave is the part of the house a guy goes to retreat, relax, or recharge.  For many great historical figures, this was a room called “the study”.  It was  place where inspiration for great work took place – and where new (sometimes radical) ideas often emerged.

For typical Midwestern hayseeds like myself, the man cave is that den or basement in which cards or darts are thrown around, subjects like sports, politics, and religion are discussed and enjoyed, and arteries are hardened by consuming processed animal fats.

For the more mechanically inclined, the man cave may be a garage or basement that is used to tear apart, build or rebuild, fix, mix, tinker, and create.

For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. ~1 Corinthians 3:9 NIV

When we bought our first house just outside Wichita, Kansas (The Sunflower State), we couldn’t wait to turn the finished basement into a dream den of sorts.  It had all the space, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, etc., needed to turn it into the perfect retreat from the busyness of the day.  I envisioned Bible studies and small group gatherings, a pool table or ping-pong, deli trays and espresso machines, Spades and Euchre marathons, and many other opportunities for fellowship, recreation, and relaxation.  Never happened.  Came west instead.  I may not ever get the Midwestern man cave, but every once in a while I can drift back into the Sunflower State of mind.

Hopefully some practical spiritual benefits that incorporate elements from both these images – the strategic shelter, the recharging room – will emerge from The Manley Cave.


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