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The 413 Report boldly addresses issues that plague our families and our nation, proclaiming truth to a world desperate for what it cannot comprehend.

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Crumbling America

Daily, the chasm widens. The fissure deepens.Each week presents a new crack, a fresh crevice, an added division.The moral revolution sweeps across our nation dividing, but not in the way you may think. Christians stand caught in the crossfire between an obvious and...

The Tragedy of Transgender

Let’s shift perspective a bit.“Hey! Check my nuts!” These were the first coherent words Marine 1st Lt. James Byler could muster after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while patrolling in Afghanistan. His body torn to shreds, his arms ripped open, two...

The Great Desire of a Woman

Shhh.Don’t tell anyone.I have a secret. I’d like to share it with you.It’s a special secret, one written before the foundation of time.It has to do with women, with your woman.Would you like to know?Her great desire...To be unconditionally loved...A woman wrestles...

The Most Masculine Thing Ever

I come from a world of strong men.Bold men. Brave men. Men of courage. Men of valor. Warriors.Fire-breathers.Many nights, I accompanied such men as we descended from the black onto the unsuspecting heads of the enemies of righteousness, those who would tyrannize their...

Jesus is NOT your homeboy…

Who is Jesus?This is the most important question you’ll ever have to answer. Silence speaks volumes.Who is the man, Jesus the Christ?From prison, John the Baptist sent messengers to Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” (Luke 7:19)...

We Need More Shame, not Less

"Sports Illustrate Swimsuit Features Obese Model” trumpeted the headline.As obese model Hunter McGrady explains, “Exposure to diversity is the catalyst that will ignite tolerance, acceptance and understanding.” She goes on to speak of inclusivity while denouncing her...

Die Like This

I’d like to die a good death.You?I’ve thought some about death over the years, how I would go.At some point, the self-centered immortality of youth gives way to the shocking realization of the imminence of death. As we live, friends die, parents die, brothers and...

The Fetus is the new N-word

Say it.You can’t, can you?Maybe you’re a racist and have no problem saying it. I cannot hardly type it. I definitely cannot say it. I stood alone before my desk and made myself try to say it. Is there an uglier word than the N-word?Perhaps the C-word, but even that...

It’s a Shame that Adoption Costs so Much

One among many.I know. Trust me. I’ve heard it. I’ve said it.You’re not at the right place in life right now.You don’t feel called to do this.You’re family won’t adjust.You just can’t.It’s too hard.It’s too much.It’s a scary.Believe me. I’ve said, felt, and thought...

LORD, Break the Teeth of Andrew Cuomo

Okay, after a few days of processing…...this week, New York’s legislature passed the Reproductive Health Act, signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, to rousing applause and cheers. This bill expands access to abortion including into the dreaded third trimester,...

Biblical Masculinity is Toxic Masculinity

Has there been a culture as confused as ours? Clarity It’s a shame, but I’ve got to stipulate. As much as I cling to truth and the language of truth, our culture demands clarification. I simply cannot speak of marriage lest you be confused. I must stipulate...biblical...

I Hate Autism…but I Love It

It’s personal. I just don’t recall an autistic kid growing up. We had this one kid in high school who, in recollection, must’ve been autistic based upon how he acted. He was just strange, peculiar in an autistic sort of way and of course the kids, me included to my...

Do NOT Become a Foster Parent

Don’t do it. Don’t adopt either. You will thank me. This I promise. The System is painful. Okay, that’s a lie. The System is excruciating, frustrating. Light yourself on fire and extinguish it with a ball peen hammer. Punch yourself repetitively in the genitalia until...

Men, Let Us Quit Holding Back

Modern drive-by ministry makes we want to vomit. Okay, there. I said it. The church ought to be challenging people. We ought to be calling ourselves to higher levels of service to accompany a deeper knowledge of the Lord. That’s not what seems to be happening. Many...

Men, Let Us Quit Dabbling in Minutiae

Sorry, not sorry, for the gender-specific, non-inclusive language of this work but… ...the future of our nation depends upon our men, our sons. That is a fact. As such, we (men) ought to quit dabbling in minutiae. Not as they seem... A couple of euro-beatniks...

The Good Dude—the Worst Kind of Dude

God’s ways are not our ways. Nowhere is this revealed more than with the good dude. Awesomeness Everywhere For nearly 27 years, the Army surrounded me with good dudes. The Army foments a stark dichotomy. The poorest performers I encountered often left me shaking my...

In Transition: Round is a Shape

Transition yields transformation. For years, the warrior conformed himself to a certain standard, been pounded into the mold. Now, with fewer constraints, he is free to make himself into that which he desires. Many plan for years prior to retirement,...

In Transition: I wanted a mission…

...and for my sins, they gave me one. (CPT Willard, Saigon, 1969) Clarksville...shoot, I’m still only in Clarksville. Each time, I think I’m gonna wake up back in the desert. I hardly said a word to my wife...until she told me to take out the trash and...

Metallica, Rage, and the Holy Spirit

I love hymns. I love singing Scripture. I love gangster (gangsta?) rap. Garage Days, revisited I likewise love to lift. I hate to run. That about sums it up. After my second knee surgery, I ceded anything outside a 10 meter radius. Inside 10 meters, I desire the...

Cowardice and the Hijacking of Church Language

Perpetual surrender characterizes the moral cowardice of much of the modern, western church. Concession. Would we even surrender our language? The opened a new worship center right up the road from our church. In the other direction is a ministry. There’s an outreach...

In Transition: Time and the Transitioning Warrior

As I approach six months of civilian puke life, I thought some self-reflection might be in order. I’d heard of men having trouble transitioning out of the military and I couldn’t quite fathom the issue. I would now have plenty of time to square everyone else away, get...

Trust Not in Man…Even Urban Meyer

If Urban Meyer lied, Ohio State ought fire him immediately. Make a bold statement. The Institution, the game, it’s bigger than any one man, even one of the winningest active coaches. (73-8 record at Ohio State with a national championship, two Big Ten titles, two...

The Frustration of My Foster Sons

“I’m breaking your plate and bending your spoon…” ...one of many commonly regurgitated platitudes express by my father, this one in regards to his imminent actions on my 18th birthday. Does everyone’s father repeat the same pithy sayings ad nausem? Curiously, I’ve...

My Wife Has the Gift of Healing…Change my Mind

Advocate: one who pleads the cause of another; specifically: one who pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court God is described by the Psalmist:      Father of the fatherless and protector of widows         is God in his holy habitation. (Psalm...

An Open Letter to Non-Adoptive Parents

You are in the majority. The vast majority. Though Christian families are more than twice as likely to adopt as the average American family, only 5% of them actually adopt. Studies reveal that 38% of them seriously consider it while 26% of non-believers give it any...

The Dignity of Men—You or the Other Guy

There exists a general coarsening of our culture, a prevailing vulgarity, a distinct lack of civility. This is symptomatic of a widespread denigration, a denial of the universal dignity of all men. Degradation eases the burden of my declaration of superiority, gives...

Millennial Fathers…Please Forgive Us

Anyone else sick of snowflakes? I’m tired of these panty-waisted girly-men, having to worry about their feelings, protect their safe spaces. I’m tired of having to worry about how they feel or if they’re offended? It’s getting a little old. I wish they’d get up off...

Godless Army—Thoughtless Army

America will lose its next war. This was the conviction of a former boss of mine. The force, though well-equipped and well-funded, lacks heart. Commanders have no time to prepare their soldiers for battle as they tarry with administration and deal with the affliction...

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Scheduled for 2017 – The 413 Project will launch a podcast to discuss the issues that are plaguing our families and youth, and provide practical advice for how you can become involved. It is up to us to change the system to make a difference and to answer the call.

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