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 If The Church Doesn't Meet My Needs?

Thu. Aug. 10, 2017By: Adam Hall

There is a troubling trend that I have encountered in Canada with many professing Christians. This trend is a "church-shopping" attitude. They church shop with the list of needs that they feel church should meet. If a particular church does not meet their particular needs, then they are onto the next church that they hope will meet their needs! Often these needs boil down to four things 1) great music 2) entertaining and relevant preaching 3) friendly people that roll out the red...Read More

Editor's Note: In May of 2016 CLRA released their Revised Statement Of Faith, having worked in team over the course of a shared weekend at Muskoka Baptist Conference. At that meeting it was determined that the various contributors would each endeavour to write an extended commentary on one or more of the sections in the statement. The commentaries would elaborate on the issue and provide some background insight into why the committee came down as they did and why they used the words they...Read More

Confessions Of A Complementarian

Tue. Jun. 20, 2017By: Marc Bertrand

On the issue of complimentarianism and egalitarianism, our churches are consistently inconsistent.  Undeniably we have churches that are fully egalitarian with roles of leadership (pastor, elder, deacon) open to both men and women; we also have a number, though admittedly in the minority, that are fully complimentarian with the leadership roles of pastor and elder filled only by men (some of these churches have women deacons but not in a ‘ruling’ role); then there are a number of churches...Read More

Was Jesus Unloving By CBOQ Standards?

Tue. Jun. 20, 2017By: Adam Hall

Our Canadian culture is becoming increasingly more hostile and skeptical of organized religion, especially to evangelical Christianity. This increasing hostility has led many professing Christians to accommodate on some of the harder issues so they can be less abrasive to the people they are trying to reach, namely in the area of human sexuality. Because of this accommodation they have unfortunately become unfaithful to Jesus Christ, yet they claim that they still are faithful because they...Read More

Any time Canadian Baptists gather for 3 days of meetings in a relatively enclosed space there is bound to be some mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly. Throw in a dash of fellowship and a pinch of politics and you have the essential recipe for every CBOQ Assembly that I have ever attended. This year’s Assembly however, will likely be remembered for two things in particular: the public triumph of the progressives and the sudden awakening of the muddy middle. The CBOQ is often described as...Read More

An Interesting Day At CBOQ Assembly

Thu. Jun. 08, 2017By: Paul Carter

Today was a most interesting day. Today we learned that our denomination has 21 million dollars in hedged assets but has seen its purchasing power reduced by nearly $500,000 a year due to reduced givings from churches. So many are dying. So many are closing. This year a substantial portion of our budget was covered by the sale of church properties - which had closed due to long term contraction and decline. It appears that our denomination intends to exist on monies given to them decades...Read More

CLRA Confession Article VIII Few subjects produce such heated debate amongst Baptist churches in the 21st Century as the matter of church autonomy.  It is broadly acknowledged that autonomy is a distinctive of Baptist churches that sets it apart from other families of churches, yet the meaning and extent of autonomy is not always agreed upon.  Some churches and associations seem to hold autonomy as the ‘cardinal’ distinctive of the church, while others seek to find some means to...Read More

Proposed Motion For CBOQ Assembly 2017

Thu. May. 25, 2017By: Paul Carter

Backstory On February 19th, 2014 CLRA co-founder Marc Bertrand and I released a blog article titled “Canaries In A Coalmine” on the adfontes website. The article described two active stories within the wider family of Canadian Baptist churches that seemed to reveal a deep sub-surface division within our association. One of those stories had to do with a pastor who preached a series of sermons essentially denying that homosexual conduct was forbidden in Scripture. Marc met with the pastor in...Read More

As a pastor I don’t often get to “go to church” so I was eager to do so this past week while on vacation. In no particular order here are a few of the things that I learned:  1.         I need to be served, fed and built up in my faith Usually when I am at church I am in service mode. I am thinking about what I am going to say or do and I am hopeful and prayerful that it will be a blessing to others. This past Sunday I wasn’t thinking about any of...Read More

A Baptist Pastor Reflects Upon The New City Catechism

Tue. Apr. 11, 2017By: Paul Carter

This past week at the TGC National Conference in Indianapolis the conference organizers went to great lengths to promote and distribute a new resource produced by Tim Keller, the recently retired pastor Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Catechism is making a comeback, in large part due to the staggering ignorance of today’s Millennial Christians raised under the entertainment model of youth ministry in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. A recent Pew Research study indicates that North American...Read More

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