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Seth Haines
Attended Harding University
Lived in Fort Smith, Arkansas
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"I considered my mother, how she must have felt when the scales of boyish naivety fell from my eyes, when the days of my ignorance to embarrassment faded. One day she woke, and that was the day childhood wonder was defeated by the empire."

Today I'm writing about the fleeting nature of childhood. Children grow; you know?

http://sethhaines.com/family-2/when-children-grow/
When Children Grow. 16 Apr 2015 / 0 Comments in Family. I tucked myself in the floorboard of the Subaru, my back against the floor curve and my legs reaching into the seat. A plastic blaster in either hand, I scanned the galaxy for any sign of Imperial scum. I was the gunner of the Millennium ...
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Today, Amber and I are writing ‪#‎MarriageLetters‬. Come join us.

"As the wise book says, it’s a wife of noble character who 'sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.' (Prov. 31:17) By all indications, I’ve married a noble woman."

http://sethhaines.com/marriage/marriage-letters-on-new-seasons/
Marriage Letters: On New Seasons. 06 Apr 2015 / 0 Comments in Marriage, Marriage Letters. On the first Monday of each month, Amber and I are writing marriage letters to each other. Sure, there are qualified experts who've written well about marriage, but we're writing into our marriage.
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Yesterday was Palm Sunday. We began the service outside, crying “Hosanna!” and waiving palm branches in an empty parking lot. We continued the liturgy inside, engaged in a responsive reading that culminated with the people–with me–yelling “crucify him!”

That service gave birth to this poem.
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I've been thinkingabout the innocence of childlike faith. I'm reaching back, trying to remember it, trying to grow young in the process.

http://sethhaines.com/poetry-2/for-troy-childlike-a-poem/
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Absence makes the heart grow fonder, they say, but when Amber's away, my heart grows three-quarters crazy. And though Rich Mullins said "the other side of the world is not so far away," when she's there, I feel every mile of it.

She's on a plane to Israel, and I'm holding down the fort. Today, I wrote a "Dear Amber," #MarriageLetter  about the whole shebang. Read along?

http://sethhaines.com/marriage/absence-makes-the-heart-grow-a-marriage-letter/
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Eugene Peterson had a fictional drinking problem. Pastor and professor A.J. Swoboda had a real one. Today, Swoboda steps into the Recovery Room and shares vulnerably about how spiritual shepherds can develop very real addiction. 

http://sethhaines.com/church/recovery-room-the-second-page-by-a-j-swoboda/
Recovery Room: The Second Page (by A.J. Swoboda). 26 Feb 2015 / 1 Comment in church, Recovery Room. Throughout 2015, I'll be hosting various writers, pastors, and counselors as they step into the Recovery Room. Here, we'll discuss the things that supplant inner sobriety, and connectedness to an ...
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Today's poem, "America #2."

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Dear America,

I am learning this new condition:
waiting in the flickering light
of television’s images of the dead;
the crying mother, daughter, or spouse
of another black man law-lynched.

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There are all sorts of churches for all sorts of people. Some enjoy the raucous, loud sort. Others prefer the house church gathering around the communal potluck. Some enjoy the organ-and-hymn Baptist service, while others prefer the metaphors of the liturgical service.

No matter your preference, though, I’d like to spend some time today discussing the church–specifically, your church. Would you join me?
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Today, I'm sharing a poem about the doulas of life and death. Stop on in?
 
"I’ve known doulas
 of new mothers,
 who’ve labored with;
 through whispered doubts
 and the burning spring
 of new life weeping
 into this world,
 they’ve served."

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WHAT'S A GENTLEMAN'S CLUB?

Yesterday, Isaac saw a road sign and asked, "Daddy, what's a gentleman's club?" I told him there wasn't anything gentlemanly about it, and tried to switch topics. The world will try to steal the innocence of every young boy. I wrote about it today.

http://sethhaines.com/family-2/whats-gentlemans-club-daddy/
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I'm Doxology grateful this weekend. Drop on in to see why, and check out a few good links while you're at it.

http://sethhaines.com/the-saturdaily/the-doxology-and-a-few-good-links/
The Doxology and a Few Good Links. 28 Feb 2015 / 0 Comments in Links, The Saturdaily. You know the Doxology, right? It's a hymn of praise sung by Christians, and it's been at the top of the church charts (both contemporary and traditional) for who-knows-how-long. The lyrics are simple.
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When I finally saved that document for the last time, I literally said out loud, “I can die now.” 
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  • Harding University
    Econommics, 1996 - 1999
  • University of Arkansas
    Law, 2001 - 2004
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Living in NW Arkansas with my wife and four boys.
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