To the sources with pastor and writer Paul Carter

Welcome to Adfontes!

Welcome to Adfontes!  As the name suggests (Latin for 'to the sources') the goal of Adfontes is to facilitate conversations about the Scriptures in an effort to stir up renewal and reformation in the church.  The theme verse for the site comes from Isaiah 51:1.

 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.”  
(Isaiah 51:1 ESV)

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Canadian Baptists are really good at avoiding hard conversations. Ever since the T.T. Shields debacle in the 1920’s we have been terrified of theological controversy. Theology divides, mission unites – so we have told ourselves for nearly 100 years. But it turns out that theology matters. We have now reached the point where we cannot do missions together because we do not believe in the same Gospel. Our theological drift has led to missiological paralysis. Our options are simple:  1....Read More

Has A Rubicon Been Crossed In The CBOQ?

Fri. Feb. 03, 2017By: Paul Carter

For better or worse the LGBTQ issue has begun to function as a sort of “Rubicon” within Christendom in general and Evangelicalism in particular. In July of 2016, I wrote an article called “Why Is Gay Marriage The Evangelical Rubicon?” The article was in response to the decisions by the Anglican Church of Canada and by the Church of Scotland to redefine the Christian understanding of marriage. Many observers were making the point in print that these decisions represented a “crossing of the...Read More

5 Things Not To Do When Leading Corporate Prayer

Mon. Jan. 16, 2017By: Paul Carter

In our church there are several pastors who share the responsibility for leading corporate prayer in the main worship services so I wanted to wait for a week when I had done it so that no one would think I was commenting on the inadequacies of another person. I also wanted to wait for a week when I had done a particularly bad job so that no one would think I was sharing from a position of exceptional strength. Having met those two criteria this past Sunday, I figured that now would be a good...Read More

In Defense Of Sunday School And Other Fixable Things

Fri. Dec. 16, 2016By: Paul Carter

Evangelicalism seems to be splitting into two camps eager to outdo one another in their departure from the norms of the 1980’s. The progressives are running away from the theology and the reformers are running away from the methodology. While I identify more with the reformers, I am increasingly concerned that in some cases, we may be throwing out the baby with the bathwater.  Many of my reform minded friends have recently been questioning the value of Sunday School. After all, Sunday...Read More

Physician Assisted Dying In Canada – A Brief Primer

Thu. Dec. 15, 2016By: Paul Carter

Physician assisted dying, or assisted suicide, has been a much debated topic in North America for the last several years. In a recent article, Collin Hansen referred to it as one of the ten most important theological stories in 2016. With legislation working its way through the courts on both sides of the border, this issue is likely to continue to dominate the headlines for several years to come.  Canada's Bill C-14 On June 17th 2016 the Canadian Parliament passed Bill C-14 into law...Read More

Epilogue: Closing The Loop On Child Dedication

Thu. Dec. 08, 2016By: Paul Martin and Paul Carter

Paul and I thought it would be a good idea if we both posted a shared "Epilogue" to close the loop on this particular discussion. This post will also appear on Paul Martin's site which you can find here. We hope that this conversation has helped you clarify your own thoughts on this matter while also modelling an example of charitable exchange. May God alone be glorified!   Closing Thoughts By Paul Martin: I really enjoyed reading Paul Carter’s engagement with my article on why...Read More

When Paul Martin approached me about my willingness to engage in a public disagreement on the appropriateness of child dedication I immediately embraced the idea. Iron sharpens iron and faithful are the wounds of a friend. I didn’t intend my original article to spark a debate, but I am very happy that it has done so. No tradition should go unchallenged among God’s people. We must be constantly reforming our practices in light of the Word of God. As I said in my first offering, I applaud and...Read More

RMM RoundUp December 7

Wed. Dec. 07, 2016By: Paul Carter

2 Chronicles 7 According to a recent Christianity Today article the most searched for Bible verse during the 2016 American Presidential election cycle was 2 Chronicles 7:14.  The verse reads as follows in the ESV: if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV) It isn’t very often that a verse from 2 Chronicles tops any...Read More

Is Child Dedication Even A Real Thing?

Sat. Dec. 03, 2016By: Paul Carter

In the last 2 years I’ve had more questions about child dedication than in the previous 20 years combined. Lots of my “young, restless and reformed” friends are wondering about this old Evangelical tradition. I think that is a good thing – the church gets into trouble when no one is asking why we do the things we do. Habit can be deadly and traditions – even seemingly harmless ones – should never go unchallenged. But Evangelicals are famous for over reaction. We have a tendency to outlaw...Read More

There Are No Red Letters

Thu. Dec. 01, 2016By: Paul Carter

Reality check:  There are no Red Letters in the Bible.   On November 29th 2016 Red Letter champions Tony Campolo and Shayne Claiborne called for Christians to “to repent and be born again again as Red Letter Christians.”[1] Campolo has long held that for Christianity to be viable in the post modern culture it must adopt a trimmed down canon that focuses more on the “pure words of Jesus” and less on the more troublesome teachings found elsewhere in the Bible. Campolo takes...Read More

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