Item description for The Family Matter by Ralph Curtin...
When the pastor of an American Christian church reaches out to the local homeless community, he comes to find out just exactly who is on his side: Everybody except his wife. Author and pastor, Ralph D. Curtin, really digs into the unpopular social dilemma in this novel, The Family Matter, where he masterfully tells the fictional account of the conflicts that emerge in both the public and private arenas when God begins to move to solve a growing societal problem. This true-to-life story embraces the critical need to recognize the requirements of the growing community of the homeless in our country. The conflict and resolution surrounds the pastor's wife who is adamantly opposed to such an approach since it clashes with her own personal agenda. This novel brings attention to the attitude most people have toward the homeless and how this mind set can be changed so that the Church can minister to this vital part of humanity.
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Doctor Curtin, originally from Long Island, New York, relocated in South Florida in 1987 to direct a large Christian ministry with its focus on Jewish evangelism. Within three years he resumed his ministerial studies, earning a B.S. and M.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. From there he went on to earn a Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Counseling from the South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary in Deerfield Beach, Florida, where he presided as Academic Dean and professor of Biblical Studies. Dr. Curtin is presently an adjunct professor for Trinity College in Davie, FL. He and his helpmate of forty plus years, Kathy, presently share the ministry of serving the Lord in the pastorate.
Ralph Curtin currently resides in Sunrise, in the state of Florida.