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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Tony Campolo: Further Down The Red Letter Road

Thu. Sep. 22, 2016By: Paul Carter

On a recent broadcast of Premier Radio Tony Campolo announced that he no longer wishes to be known as an Evangelical Christian. The announcement was greeted with more sadness than surprise. Tony has been travelling on this particular trajectory for years. Back in the 1990’s Tony was a frequent speaker at youth and young adult retreats across North America.  I’ve heard Tony live numerous times and even as a young man with limited Biblical discernment, it seemed to me that Tony was...Read More

Why I Have 5 Kids (Answers Beyond The Obvious)

Fri. Sep. 16, 2016By: Paul Carter
A photo of a small child with paint on their hands

There has been a veritable flurry of articles released recently explaining and even celebrating the decision to remain “child-free”. As a father of 5 kids I can identify with some of the reasons that have been given:  1.  It’s expensive! In a recent article posted on “the rooster” a man named Seth explained: "When a kid leaves your body, it costs a pretty $20-30K. I've got $52K in student loans to look forward to. That's negative money I have to feed and clothe and educate a...Read More

Do Evangelicals Worship The Bible?

Mon. Sep. 05, 2016By: Paul Carter

We’ve all heard the joke: “Evangelicals worship God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Bible”.  The joke is meant to caution us against a ‘too high’ view of Scripture; I think in its best iterations the joke is meant to remind us that we read the Bible not as an end unto itself but rather as a way of seeing and savouring Christ.  After all, it is possible to read the Bible reverently and yet to miss the point entirely.  Jesus rebuked the Pharisees in his day...Read More

I recently had the opportunity to participate in the TGC Atlantic Canada Regional Conference in Charlottetown PEI.  The conference as a whole was remarkably helpful and encouraging.  While it would be impossible to recount each and every one of the blessings and benefits I received, the following 5 deserve particular notice:  1. The opportunity to be encouraged by gifted Bible teachers The caliber of teaching at this particular conference was unusually high. Alistair Begg,...Read More

4 Things We Do Now That We Won’t Do in Heaven

Sat. Aug. 20, 2016By: Paul Carter

The more I learn about life here on earth the more I long to know about heaven. I suppose it is possible to think too much about the world to come, but I suspect that the greater danger is thinking too little. In the Bible it appears that right thinking about the future is connected to right living in the present. With that in mind, I offer these four thoughts about things we do now that we won't do in heaven. 1. Sin One of my favourite passages in the Bible is 1 John 3:1: Beloved, we...Read More

Deborah And The Defeater Verses

Fri. Aug. 12, 2016By: Paul Carter

Every so often when discussing Scripture with a friend you find yourself dealing with a defeater verse. A defeater verse is a verse that is granted almost mythical authority by the person wielding it.  “If this verse means what I think it means then nothing you say can move me from my position”.  The most famous defeater verse of this sort would be some version of Deuteronomy 22:11:  "You shall not wear cloth of wool and linen mixed together." (Deuteronomy 22:11...Read More

Plenary Session Five:  “How The Trinity Transforms The Christian Life” – Michael Reeves  How does what we believe about God shape and change how we live before God? Christianity is first of all about God’s offer – not of blessings – but of himself!  The ultimate covenant promise is that God will be our God.  The ultimate end of the Christian life is not simply health, wealth and longevity – it is rather the presence of God forever.  Salvation – and how we offer it...Read More

Plenary Session Four:  “Recognizing  The Wolves Among Us” – Mez McConnell  Mez began his talk with a survey of all that the New Testament has to say about the urgent need of protecting the church of God from the ravages of false teaching.  The cost of not protecting the theological integrity of the church is past finding out. Having encouraged us to this duty Mez immediately offered a remarkably important distinction – the distinction between a heretic that needs to be...Read More

Religious Liberty In Canada - A Brief Primer

Wed. Aug. 03, 2016By: Paul Carter

I recently had a conversation with a pastor in Canada about the freedom of Evangelical churches to advocate for specific legislation from within their pulpits and official programs.  He was concerned that in doing so he might forfeit the tax status presently enjoyed by his congregation.  As I probed a little deeper into his concerns it occurred to me that he was referring to an American law known as the Johnson Amendment.  This law has no jurisdiction in Canada and obviously no...Read More

Plenary Session Three:  “How The Trinity Shapes The Gospel” – Michael Reeves  How are the precious truths of the Gospel rooted in the essential character of God?  Everything that is beautiful about the Gospel is only so because God is Triune. At the beginning of the Reformation Luther called the Trinity the highest article on which all others hang. Why is that? If God is not Father, Son and Spirit, what does that do to the Gospel? First of all, if God were not Triune, if God...Read More

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