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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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

There were 10 plenary sessions at this year’s T4G conference and the last 5 of those sessions appeared to have as their focus the need to get the Gospel right and the need to get the Gospel out.  Getting The Gospel Right: John Piper opened the second half of the conference by focusing on what he understood as the foundational doctrine of the Reformation.  Piper has the gift of going to the heart of the heart of the matter.  He is relentless as a preacher in his pursuit of the...Read More

As a pastor and a husband I have learned that anniversaries are best remembered and expensively commemorated. In October of 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg and that action, rightly or wrongly, is generally understood as the catalyst for what became known as the Protestant Reformation. Every conference and gathering of Protestant pastors over the next 2-3 years will need in some way to reckon with the history, legacy and the enduring...Read More

Leviticus For Everyone

Wed. Mar. 30, 2016By: Marc Bertrand

There are a number of reasons why Leviticus is not an easy book to read.   It is written to a people who are living in tents, gathering manna every morning, and worshipping in a portable sanctuary.  It is written to a people who are worshipping God with altars and lambs and priests and blood. Finally, the book often seems repetitive.  The first seven chapters present five different sacrifices with so much detail that we find ourselves instructed on what to do with the...Read More

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