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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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

5 Things We Do Now That We Won’t Do In Heaven

Fri. Jun. 17, 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 5 thoughts about things we do now that we will not do in heaven. 1. Sin One of my favourite passages in the Bible is 1 John...Read More

Introducing The TGC Canada Council

Fri. Jun. 10, 2016By: Paul Carter

TGC Canada Council Member Stephen Bray Steve Bray attended both Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and Kingston Baptist Bible College for his undergraduate studies and Calvary Baptist Seminary for his (MDiv). Steve has been in pastoral ministry for over 20 years serving in both Fellowship and Canadian Baptist churches in Kingston Nova Scotia, Charlottetown Prince Edward Island, and currently St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada. He presently serves as the Lead Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in...Read More

CLRA 2.0

Thu. Jun. 09, 2016By: Paul Carter and CLRA Conference

Evangelicals within left leaning denominations have frequently debated whether it is better to stay and seek renewal or to leave in protest and in pursuit of more effective association.  In favour of the latter position we might cite the counsel of Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones and the examples of the Anglican Church and the Church of Scotland, both of whom have affirmed same sex marriage and both of whom have effectively marginalized the remaining Evangelical voices within their...Read More

A Special Announcement From TGC Canada

Sat. Jun. 04, 2016By: Paul Carter

Every generation has to refight the battle for the centre.  It isn’t that enemies are holding it; rather it is that so many friends are leaving it.  The call to reformation, therefore, is always a call to return. “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) When TGC was founded in 2005 by D.A. Carson and Tim Keller they listed among their motivations...Read More

CLRA Statement Of Faith - Revised Conference Draft

Tue. May. 31, 2016By: CLRA Editorial Team

Preamble:  One of CLRA’s core convictions is that we have to believe together in order to worship and work together.  Our aim has never been to weaken the CBOQ, rather we aim to strengthen our shared ministries by establishing a more robust platform of theological agreement.  We are not the first to recognize this need.  At the 1985 CBOQ Assembly in Windsor a motion was passed affirming the need for a definitive Statement of Faith for our denomination.  While it was...Read More

Two Staggering Thoughts On Health And Healing

Tue. May. 17, 2016By: Paul Carter

The past is always a foreign land.   When I was in seminary I remember being impressed by the requirement, in one of my classes, that every essay submitted must draw upon at least one source that was more than 500 years old.  That was so wise! We are too often captive to modern assumptions. We are too often subject to what C.S. Lewis called “chronological snobbery”.  Reading history – and particularly biography – can rescue us from our prejudices and open our eyes to new...Read More

Was It Wrong For T4G To Welcome C.J. Mahaney?

Tue. Apr. 19, 2016By: Paul Carter

There has been a great deal of criticism directed toward T4G in general and Albert Mohler in particular for the welcome that was extended to pastor C.J. Mahaney.  In one such article, Christian Headlines editor Veronica Neffinger writes: “Although the lawsuit brought against Mahaney by the alleged victims of the abuse was dismissed on a technicality, many individual Christians, as well as organizations, maintain that Mahaney is guilty and should not be welcomed back into the public...Read More

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