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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A (World) Class Example

Thu. Mar. 27, 2014By: Paul Carter

After receiving a storm of feedback and criticism regarding their decision to change their hiring practices to permit legally married gay and lesbian staff, World Vision reversed its course after only two days.  Many Evangelical leaders had called upon the organization to repent and return to their historic commitment to Biblical authority and it seems that call was heard.  In a letter jointly penned by President Richard Stearns and Chairman Jim Bere they gave the reason behind their...Read More

A (World) Vision Of Our Future As Canadian Baptists?

Tue. Mar. 25, 2014By: Paul Carter

Yesterday the Evangelical community learned that World Vision is now open to hiring gays and lesbians, as long as they are legally married.  In an exclusive interview with Christianity Today, World Vision President Richard Stearns says:  "Changing the employee conduct policy to allow someone in a same-sex marriage who is a professed believer in Jesus Christ to work for us makes our policy more consistent with our practice on other divisive issues.  It also allows us to...Read More

Picture Of A Preacher

Thu. Mar. 20, 2014By: Paul Carter

Until very recently, the fellow who pastored this church before me still lived here in town.  He’d come over to the church from time to time and I would often bump into him at Tim Hortons.  As I was entering the coffee shop I always knew if he was there ahead of me because of his personalized license plate. Emblazoned on the back of his car, for all to see and few to understand was one word:  DOULOS.  Most people probably thought it was his last name but the pastors in town...Read More

After Fight Or Flight

Wed. Mar. 19, 2014By: Paul Carter

After that he must be released for a little while…  (Revelation 20:3. ESV) However you understand Revelation 20 (pre-mill, amill, postmill, panmill – it will all pan out in the end!) Christians generally agree that the devil is a dog on a chain; he can only do what he is permitted to do that serves the purpose of Almighty God.  I love the scene in the illustrated Pilgrim’s Progress for kids that depicts Christian passing through the lions on his way to the Palace Beautiful.  He...Read More

Confession and Conviction

Sun. Mar. 16, 2014By: Marc Bertrand

I write this as a pastor, writing to pastors.  I have pastored in two churches (and served for an extended time as ‘pulpit supply’ in a third).  I have drawn my living as a shepherd of God’s flock for 17 years.  But for about 10 of those years I stand ashamed.  I started well.  I started simply.  But in the midst of my time I began to imbibe deeply of radical new ideas and thoughts.  I actually resigned a position as an associate pastor because the lead...Read More

Religious Liberty, Unity in Christ and The Baptist Experience

Fri. Mar. 14, 2014By: Guest Contributor Chris Crocker

It is an ugly truth what people have done to one another in the name of Christ. During the Protestant Reformations Roman Catholics and many Reformed groups thought it great sport to persecute the Ana-Baptists by drowning them. “You want to be rebaptized,” they said, “here we’ll help you!”. Baptists share convictions regarding the ordinance of baptism with the Ana-Baptists though our historical origins were quite different. We also hold the experience of persecution in common. Until the Act of...Read More

Book Review: Salvation To The Ends Of The Earth

Wed. Mar. 12, 2014By: Paul Carter

Andreas J. Kostenberger and Peter O’Brien. Salvation To The Ends Of The Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2001. 351pp.  It goes without saying that if Canadian Baptists are to function as a missiological association, we will at the very least need to agree on the nature of Christian mission.  In fact, I would argue, that the two most important terms to define in this conversation would be, in this order, ‘Gospel’ and ‘Mission’.  Having made...Read More

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

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