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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What Is The Gospel?

Mon. Feb. 29, 2016By: Paul Carter

The word that is translated in our Bibles as “Gospel” literally means “a good message”.  The Apostle Paul introduces himself to the Romans by saying:  Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God (Romans 1:1 ESV) The Greek word that he uses is a compound word, eu-aggelion.   In Greek the prefix “eu” means “good”.  Our English word Eucharist means literally “good grace” or “a good response to grace”.  The second half of...Read More

Do Roman Catholics Believe The Gospel?

Mon. Feb. 29, 2016By: Paul Carter

A number of people in my community have a nominal or familial association with Roman Catholicism.  I have frequently had the experience of sharing the Gospel with a friend or neighbour only to discover that parts of this message lie hidden, mostly dormant and partially remembered, inside the mind and heart of the person to whom I am speaking.  At a certain stage in my sharing a light will go on: “O yes”, they will say, “I know about that – I agree with that completely.”  At other...Read More

This morning in our RMM readings we encountered one of the many hard sayings of Jesus.  In Luke 14:33 he says:  So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:33 ESV)  Jesus was only interested in the singular allegiance of his disciples.  He was not interested in being A pole of interest or A point of reference or AMONG their top priorities.  He would be the centre or he would be nothing.  Jesus sounds...Read More

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

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