Hi Paul! I’ll certainly take you up on the beers (and three’s my limit but I also weigh 200 lbs and will take me a good two hours to get through 3 anyway ha).

In regards to the profanity, it’s not something I actively use in my articles, but only when necessary (and I’ll explain why). You’ll discover 80% of my content contains no curse words and honestly, any overuse is crass and uncouth in my opinion. It shows an author cannot come up with better words to say and therefore has nothing to say, so they use filler words to evoke emotion. However, many Christians have no problem watching rated R movies or reading books where there’s plenty of cursing, so I find it ironic that Christian authors who use these words come under attack often.

The scriptures, however, are full of obscene language. In the book of Ezekiel, he talks about huge penises, female genital fluid produced at sexual arousal, and large quantities of semen being “poured out” on Israel — God’s wayward whore (Ezekiel 16:26, 36, 37; 23:20–21). Much of what we see in our translation is a prettying up and many pastors avoid the root words. The Apostle Paul also uses the vulgar word for excrement when he states “I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish.” Translators once again, prettied up the language and word for “rubbish.” Additionally, I have to chuckle at the whole Christian subculture which invents curse words that aren’t curse words (dang, shoot, darn, son of a bee sting) and makes us all sound absurd. Plus, Jesus reminds us that if we meant it in our heart, we said it no matter how much we cleaned it up.

All this to say, sometimes to convey the emotion and reality of the situation and not parse words, it’s appropriate to convey what’s meant with profanity. The biggest charge against Christians is that we’re hypocrites, and I—for one—am trying to live authentically with flaws perfectly on display to point to a great savior. Sure, I can edit out words and make the pieces more clean, but the effect and authenticity is no longer there. That’s why you’ll see them in my pieces from time to time on Medium. Different audiences need different styles of writing to connect with. Hope that clears it up some more.

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