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    • Reformed theology,
    • church community,
    • Manitoba,
    • Unconditional Election,
    • Limited Atonement,
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Grace in a Town Divided
by Brenda J. Barringer

“You need to leave, no one wants you here, go back to where you came from." It seemed someone, or maybe many someone’s, wanted them gone. Feeling called by God to pastor a tiny church in the town of Chesterville, Manitoba, Pastor Jackson and his family looked forward to moving, meeting new people, and making new friends. However, it didn’t take long for them to discover that underneath the visible charm of the little prairie town, nothing was quite as it seemed. In just a matter of weeks, the Jackson family knew, somehow, their coming to Chesterville had unearthed a buried conflict. People turned their backs to walk in the other direction or crossed the street to avoid them. With sly comments and polite smiles, they shuffled their feet and wouldn’t make eye contact, but no one was talking. Did they make a mistake coming here? Had they misinterpreted what they believed was God’s call to pastor in this town? Clearly, they were unwanted and wondered if they should pack up and leave. But, with prayer and a devotion to God, and joining his courageous congregation, they determined to stay and learn what was tearing the town apart. More than anything, Pastor Matthew wanted to see the town restored. Question was, could it be done?

Brenda Barringer grew up in rural Ontario. As a child, if you found her anywhere, it was either high up in a tree or under the Weeping Willow in the front yard, reading or writing in a notebook which went with her everywhere. She was first published in Elementary School when her poem was selected for the Mother’s Day booklet. Being a strong Christian, Brenda draws inspiration for everything she does from her relationship with God. Always believing she would one day write a novel, she continued to write short stories and poetry while waiting for that inspiration to come. Wanting to increase her skills as a writer, she took courses in Print Journalism, Critical and Creative Thinking and Creative Writing at the local College. Writing articles for newsletters, a denominational magazine and being published in the College Newspaper, Brenda gained experience in writing which led to this, her first novel. As a retired Personal Support Worker, Brenda lives in the country with her two Chihuahuas, Sophie, and Sam. While reading and writing at every opportunity, she spends her days refinishing antiques, gardening, bird watching and knitting.


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