There are many things that Christians are to be-loving, gracious, forgiving, meek, bold, self-controlled, etc..., but nice is not amongst them. Yet, the Christian church has often chosen to be permissive instead of loving, self-centered instead of gracious, self-interested instead of gracious and hospitable, and worldly instead of holy. The work of the church is to revolve around the Gospel, not program after program, and the Gospel is about making men right with God, not about increasing the membership of a church to support building projects and large staffs. Part of the role of the pastor and teacher is to speak truth into the culture and into the church. Such is the purpose behind the essays contained in this book. My hope in sharing them is that they may serve as a reality check for those outside of my own fellowship. The word nice is derived from the Latin word meaning, "without knowledge," it is my hope that no serious Christian is ever guilty of such a label.