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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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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...

The Gaiety of Men Loving Men

I love a particular man...we’ll call him John. It was love at first sight. When I saw him, my soul was immediately knit to his and I love him as my own soul. I delight in him. I choose him over others...to the shame of my mother’s nakedness. And he loves me in an...

Food and the Foster Child

It was corn. A single kernel of corn. “I won’t eat it! And you can’t make me!” the little boy screamed. “Just a bite, buddy...whaddaya say?” “I’M NEVER GONNA EAT IT! NEVER!” Yikes! I had never really dealt with an outburst like this before. Food is an issue for many...

The Message…not the Messenger

Preach the Gospel. Die forgotten. I don’t think Zinzendorf could’ve said it any better.  It’s the Message…not the messenger. The Biblical Messenger A non-believing friend of mine was reading through the Bible, go figure. He came to me astounded at the nature of...

The Suicide of Reason in a Transgender Teen

Eric Verbeeck, 17, took his own life this week. Tragic. Unfortunately explainable, understandable even, able to be accounted for. And just as tragic, soon to be forgotten by all but those who knew and loved him most. The news report is telling, Orwellian in its...

Affliction in a Godless Army: An Army of Junkies

Our godless Army is an addicted army. The ever-present demon of chemical addiction exacerbates the plight of soldiers. Alcohol and drug abuse scars the souls of these young men and women. With ease, I envision one of my young soldiers in his barracks room all weekend,...

Affliction in a Godless Army: The Sins of Generals

One only needs to serve for a short period of time before becoming intensely aware that our Army is an afflicted army. You may disagree with me concerning the source and that’s okay, but one may not deny the affliction minus some extreme intellectual dishonesty....

Death to the White Empowerment Gospel

God slew His people, Israel, for a similar bastardization. Israel worshipped Yahweh, God, but they likewise adopted the worship of the false gods Baal, Asherah, and others, blending them into a grotesque abomination. They employed temple prostitutes and instituted...

Maybe It’s Time to Abolish the 2nd Amendment

Another week, another shooting. Did you even notice? How long will the thoughts and prayers last? How long till the cries for gun control legislation and the equally strident reaction against gun control legislation subside? What sickens me the most is the dullness,...

Podcast – Devotional with Dad – Episode 2

Podcast Devotional with Dad - Episode 2 Welcome to our first podcast.  This is a project me and my son Jaymes are doing.  We will be a recording 30 days of Devotionals from THE ACTION BIBLE.  If you haven't seen it before, this kid's Bible is really cool. It is...

I am a Veteran, I am Complicit in our National Debt

I’m going to out myself. I am 44 years old. I take no prescription drugs. My blood pressure and labs are all normal though my bp inches toward the upper end of the normal spectrum every year. I train four to five days a week—I’m an avid weightlifter and hater of all...

Brave Rifles: The Danger of a Godless Army

The Army’s in trouble, as is our nation. As godlessness pervades, it consumes our Armed Forces with catastrophic consequences. A Surface Morality I’m not so naïve to think that there was ever a time whereby most soldiers confessed Christianity. Soldiers have always...

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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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