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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Oxen, Yokes, Pastors And Donkeys

Mon. Feb. 22, 2016By: Paul Carter

This past Sunday we observed the Apostle Paul making use of a well known agricultural image:  Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. (2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV) That seems to be a loose rendering of Deuteronomy 22:10: You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together. (Deuteronomy 22:10 ESV) An ox and a donkey are two very different animals and any farmer would know that if he were to try and hook them both up to a single yoke he would have nothing but chaos and confusion. ...Read More

Help! I'm About To Share Christ With A Loved One

Thu. Feb. 11, 2016By: Paul Carter

This past Sunday a number of our folks stood and committed themselves to the 28 Day Challenge.  Within the next 28 days they will have a detailed Gospel conversation with a loved one.  A few weeks ago we encouraged our people to put the name of an unsaved loved one on a card and to drop it into a vase at the front of the church.  That gesture represented their commitment – and ours – to pray for these people on a regular basis and to ask God to soften their hearts to the...Read More

What is this story doing in my Bible?!  That’s probably the reaction you first had when you came across the story of Judah and Tamar.  It won’t be the last story that makes you ask that question.  As we read the Bible we need to remember that Old Testament narrative is not ‘prescriptive’, but ‘descriptive’.  We aren’t hearing a story that is telling us how we should act, rather we are hearing a story telling us about what really happened, and revealing how God acted towards...Read More

Random FAQ

Thu. Feb. 04, 2016By: Paul Carter

Today is “catch up on email day” and I have been trying to answer a variety of questions from our people as they minister to others within their sphere of influence.  As a pastor my job is to coach and resource the players and our church is full of people who are deeply engaged in the ministry of reconciliation.  I am proud of the questions you are asking and I marvel at the work you are doing; way to go team!  It occurs to me that some of what I’ve written this morning to...Read More

CLRA Statement Of Faith - Public Draft

Mon. Jan. 25, 2016By: Paul Carter/Marc Bertrand

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

How Free Am I?

Thu. Jan. 21, 2016By: Paul Carter

If I were to make a short list of the most frequently and comically abused verses in the Bible 2 Corinthians 3:17 would definitely make the cut:  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV) Just this past week presidential candidate Donald Trump attempted to quote this verse – from the King James Version no less – during his speech at Liberty University.  He said: ‘“where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2...Read More

On Preaching The Old Testament

Wed. Jan. 20, 2016By: Marc Bertrand

In the final chapter of Luke’s gospel two disciples encounter Jesus on the road to Emmaus.  They are sunk low in grief and do not recognize him.  Luke tells us that Jesus taught them as they trudged along the road: And he said to them, ‘O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Was it  not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to...Read More

It is an odd thing to ask people to think through a question that we know cannot be answered: Will Jesus return in our lifetime?  Nevertheless it seems that the New Testament expects us to do that very thing.  There are many New Testament passages that advocate for an attitude of vigilance and expectancy:  Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. (Matthew 25:13 ESV) 11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For...Read More

Help! I've Fallen Behind On My Readings!

Thu. Jan. 07, 2016By: Paul Carter

“Keeping resolutions is a great deal easier than making them”, said nobody ever.  Most of us know what we should do; we know what’s good for us; we know what is most important; but we struggle to follow through.  As with losing weight so with reading the Bible -  it is very hard to turn a good intention into a life long habit.  But, by the grace of God, in fits and starts, by one degree of glory to the next these things can be done.  Don’t believe the lie that you...Read More

Top Ten Articles In 2015

Tue. Dec. 29, 2015By: Paul Carter

Over the past 12 months there have been several important events of a theological and worldview nature that have inspired conversation throughout the Evangelical world.  Given the pace of change in our culture and the almost epileptic gyrations of mood and emotion within the realm of social media it is easy to lose track of what has happened and where we’ve been.   As a pastor and a very part time writer and blogger, I find it interesting to reflect upon which articles take off...Read More

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