Adfontes

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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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

TGC Atlantic Live Blog - Mez McConnell

Tue. Aug. 02, 2016By: Paul Carter

Plenary Session Two:  “The Cup Of God’s Wrath” – Mez McConnell  Mez McConnell is the Senior Pastor of Niddrie Community Church. Mez is an Irishman with an English accent who lives in Scotland.  He was raised in foster care in England having been abandoned by his parents at the age of 2.  He presently ministers as a pastor in Edinburgh.  He is the founder and director of 20Schemes Ministries. Mez began by outlining for us the current condition of the Christian church...Read More

TGC Live Blog Session One - Michael Reeves

Tue. Aug. 02, 2016By: Paul Carter

Plenary Session One:  “Why The Trinity Is So Delightful” – Michael Reeves  Michael Reeves is President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology in Oxford, England.  He is the author of numerous books including “Delighting In The Trinity” which makes him uniquely qualified to bring some balance and perspective to the recent intramural discussion regarding the nature of God in Holy Trinity. Dr. Reeves began his session challenging us to consider what it is that we...Read More

The era of “Big Tent Evangelicalism” is over.    Like the super-continent Pangaea, evangelicalism has begun to fracture and to drift apart into smaller groupings that are travelling in very different directions.  David Gushee at RNS identifies two groups, the progressives and the conservatives.  Trevin Wax at The Gospel Coalition identifies three groups, the evangelicals, the moderates and the revisionists. While I am not entirely sold on Wax’s terminology I think he...Read More

7 Rules Of Civility For An Age Of Internet Extremism

Wed. Jul. 13, 2016By: Paul Carter

The internet is the new public square.  It allows people to exchange ideas, interact with important issues and express their own personal convictions.  However, given the largely impersonal nature of the new public square, combined with the urgency of today's social issues, the quality of public discourse seems presently at an all time low.  Christians in particular need to think carefully before entering the fray.  We are called upon to be salt and light.  We...Read More

Why Is Gay Marriage The Evangelical Rubicon?

Tue. Jul. 12, 2016By: Paul Carter

In a stunning development, the CBC has just announced that the Anglican Church of Canada has reversed its decision from yesterday and it will in fact redefine the Christian doctrine of marriage. Citing "voting irregularities" the General Secretary announced that upon review the necessary 2/3 majority has been achieved and the change will become effective across the Anglican communion. What will this mean for the thousands of Evangelical pastors and lay people within the...Read More

Faith: A Word In Urgent Need Of Definition

Thu. Jul. 07, 2016By: Paul Carter

Every real Christian would gladly affirm that we are saved by grace, through faith, because of Christ.  While Protestants would want to add an all caps “ALONE” after each of those three words and Pentecostals might want to add “AMEN – HALLELUJAH” we all agree that each of those words is terribly important.  One of those words however, is awfully hard to define.  What is saving faith?  Part of the problem is that the English language does not have an exact equivalent to...Read More

Redeeming Facebook? Pastoral Ministry and Social Media

Tue. Jul. 05, 2016By: Marc Bertrand

At a recent meeting of the Covenant Life Renewal Association (CLRA), a renewal movement within the Canadian Baptist denomination, one of the pastors urged those who did not have a Facebook account to establish one, as it was one of the simplest ways to communicate and share information between churches separated by hundreds of kilometres.  There were a number in the group that see Facebook as primarily a time waster, and indeed, wrongly applied, it can be that.  However I have found...Read More

Autonomy Reconsidered

Sun. Jul. 03, 2016By: Marc Bertrand

Is autonomy the value to end all values or is there a point at which autonomy must be balanced against other legitimate concerns?  Is there a point at which a church ceases to actually be a Baptist Church, or a Church of Jesus Christ at all?  Is there a point where the other churches in fellowship decide that one in their midst has become ‘subversive to the gospel’ and puts them out of fellowship?  What would that point be?  Would we drop a pastor that participated in a...Read More

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