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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Praying For Revival In Norfolk

Wed. Mar. 12, 2014By: Marc Bertrand

Many of you who have come to ‘’ have come with the suspicion that CLRA (‘Clara’) is made up of a bunch of malcontents intent on causing trouble and secretly planning the overthrow of the denomination.  I hope you find that we are not what you expected.  We will openly confess our opposition to certain directions that have been taken in the denomination, and our desire for renewal and reform – both of which involve change, either change in the heart or change in leadership...Read More

Agreeing On The Gospel (?)

Tue. Mar. 11, 2014By: Paul Carter

Among the highest aspirations we cherish in our hearts for CLRA would be the strengthening and deepening of our Gospel agreement within the CBOQ and CBM family of churches such that we are able to do more and reach further together in pursuit of the Great Commission.  We want to facilitate discussion about what the Gospel IS so that we can partner more significantly in its propagation.  While it would seem odd to our grandparents that we would need to build a website and form an...Read More

Canaries In The Coalmine

Fri. Feb. 28, 2014By: Paul Carter and Marc Bertrand

Dead canaries are not really a problem in and of themselves.  However, they may reveal trouble below the surface and they are therefore worth paying attention to.  These stories were used by God to inspire conversations and to incite dialogue about the nature of our association.  We share these stories not to draw attention to these particular issues, but rather to illustrate the pressing need for deeper conversation about the Gospel truth we partner to proclaim.  Paul...Read More

Frequently Asked Questions

Wed. Feb. 19, 2014By: Paul Carter

Anytime you start something new there are bound to be a lot of questions.  As we’ve travelled around meeting with churches and key leaders a few of those questions have emerged as common concerns.  Here they are, with my best attempts at reasonable response, moving roughly from the mundane to the material: Question: What does “adfontes” mean?  Answer: “Ad fontes” is a Latin term that was commonly used in the Reformation era to express a concern for primary sources.  The...Read More

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