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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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

How To Get Started With Into The Word

Sun. Nov. 27, 2016By: Paul Carter

On January 1st 2017 we will launch a new podcast called “Into The Word”. This podcast is designed to assist people in reading through the Bible using the 2 year version of the Robert Murray M’Cheyne (RMM) Scripture reading plan.  In 2012 we started encouraging our people to read through the Bible using the RMM plan. We tried to support that by following the plan in our preaching calendar and by releasing periodic blogs and reflections throughout the week. Each subsequent year we tried to...Read More

Did Jesus Preach The Gospel In Hell?

Sat. Nov. 26, 2016By: Paul Carter

 1 Peter 3:18-22 is one of the most debated passages in all of Holy Scripture. The text reads as follows: "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight...Read More

Better Words

Wed. Nov. 16, 2016By: Paul Carter

Is it just me or do the words and values being offered by the current cultural elites seem vastly inferior to the words we find written in Scripture? The cultural elites say, “you must be tolerant”. The Bible says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39 ESV) The cultural elites say, “you must include minorities and immigrants”. The Bible says, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ...Read More

Hebrews 6 is one of the most complicated and debated texts in all of Scripture. The heart of the difficulty is found in verses 4-8 but the critical background information is contained in verses 1-3 therefore it is helpful to read the text in full:  "Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the...Read More

Phoebe, A Servant (Deacon?) of the Church In Cenchreae

Mon. Oct. 31, 2016By: Paul Carter

In the concluding chapter of his letter to the Romans the Apostle Paul commends a Christian women named Phoebe.  "I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, 2 that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well." (Romans 16:1–2 ESV) Church historians have long believed that Phoebe was the person who delivered Paul’s letter to the...Read More

How To Begin A Bible Reading Habit

Wed. Oct. 19, 2016By: Paul Carter

It’s a little early to be thinking about New Year’s Resolutions but sometimes whether you keep a resolution or not comes down to planning and preparation. If you decide on January 1st to start reading the Bible it is highly unlikely that you will still be doing so much past January 2nd.  It takes a bit of work to begin a lifelong habit. If you are interested in beginning a habit of daily Bible reading then here are a few hints that might be useful to...Read More

Our church is part of a dizzying and often overlapping network of partnerships. As the Pastor of our church I could easily spend 50 hours a week just belonging to things - obviously I need to think through how I prioritize and participate in these various associations; more important still, I need to think through why it is that I belong to anything at all beyond the local church.   I don’t want to participate simply because I’m supposed to. I don’t want to participate simply...Read More

Sample Podcast

Wed. Oct. 05, 2016By: Paul Carter

Thank you to all the folks who sent in feedback on our original podcast pilot.  Whether in person, by email or PM, your feedback has been incredibly helpful in deciding upon a format for this ministry going forward. Here are just a few of the things we have decided upon in terms of format, platform and schedule:  1. A 15-16 minute target length. 2. A soft launch in January 2017 where we release 2 a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a hard launch, God willing, in January of 2018...Read More

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