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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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

How, When And Where Should We Have “The Talk”?

Sat. Feb. 11, 2017By: Paul Carter

There are certain lines that I remember from my childhood; certain parenting gems that have lodged in my heart and in my mind and that have formed the bedrock of my worldview and character. My dad used to say: “If you are going to do it, do it right”. My mom used to say: “It isn’t what you say, its how you say it.” Those two maxims have been rattling around in my heart with respect to this particular conversation for the better part of 3 years.  I think we all know that it is time for us...Read More

What Does The Bible Say About Sexual Orientation?

Thu. Feb. 09, 2017By: Marc Bertrand

Editor's Note: As I mentioned yesterday, I would welcome other voices from within the CBOQ to use this forum to discuss the complicated issue of LGBTQ affirmation. What does it mean to affirm? What are we affirming? What if some churches affirm what the Bible condemns? What is sin? What effect do we expect the grace of God to have in the life of a saved person? These are just some of the subtopics we need to discuss as a wider body on our way to agreement or principled separation. This...Read More

Canadian Baptists are really good at avoiding hard conversations. Ever since the T.T. Shields debacle in the 1920’s we have been terrified of theological controversy. Theology divides, mission unites – so we have told ourselves for nearly 100 years. But it turns out that theology matters. We have now reached the point where we cannot do missions together because we do not believe in the same Gospel. Our theological drift has led to missiological paralysis. Our options are simple:  1....Read More

Has A Rubicon Been Crossed In The CBOQ?

Fri. Feb. 03, 2017By: Paul Carter

For better or worse the LGBTQ issue has begun to function as a sort of “Rubicon” within Christendom in general and Evangelicalism in particular. In July of 2016, I wrote an article called “Why Is Gay Marriage The Evangelical Rubicon?” The article was in response to the decisions by the Anglican Church of Canada and by the Church of Scotland to redefine the Christian understanding of marriage. Many observers were making the point in print that these decisions represented a “crossing of the...Read More

5 Things Not To Do When Leading Corporate Prayer

Mon. Jan. 16, 2017By: Paul Carter

In our church there are several pastors who share the responsibility for leading corporate prayer in the main worship services so I wanted to wait for a week when I had done it so that no one would think I was commenting on the inadequacies of another person. I also wanted to wait for a week when I had done a particularly bad job so that no one would think I was sharing from a position of exceptional strength. Having met those two criteria this past Sunday, I figured that now would be a good...Read More

In Defense Of Sunday School And Other Fixable Things

Fri. Dec. 16, 2016By: Paul Carter

Evangelicalism seems to be splitting into two camps eager to outdo one another in their departure from the norms of the 1980’s. The progressives are running away from the theology and the reformers are running away from the methodology. While I identify more with the reformers, I am increasingly concerned that in some cases, we may be throwing out the baby with the bathwater.  Many of my reform minded friends have recently been questioning the value of Sunday School. After all, Sunday...Read More

Physician Assisted Dying In Canada – A Brief Primer

Thu. Dec. 15, 2016By: Paul Carter

Physician assisted dying, or assisted suicide, has been a much debated topic in North America for the last several years. In a recent article, Collin Hansen referred to it as one of the ten most important theological stories in 2016. With legislation working its way through the courts on both sides of the border, this issue is likely to continue to dominate the headlines for several years to come.  Canada's Bill C-14 On June 17th 2016 the Canadian Parliament passed Bill C-14 into law...Read More

Epilogue: Closing The Loop On Child Dedication

Thu. Dec. 08, 2016By: Paul Martin and Paul Carter

Paul and I thought it would be a good idea if we both posted a shared "Epilogue" to close the loop on this particular discussion. This post will also appear on Paul Martin's site which you can find here. We hope that this conversation has helped you clarify your own thoughts on this matter while also modelling an example of charitable exchange. May God alone be glorified!   Closing Thoughts By Paul Martin: I really enjoyed reading Paul Carter’s engagement with my article on why...Read More

When Paul Martin approached me about my willingness to engage in a public disagreement on the appropriateness of child dedication I immediately embraced the idea. Iron sharpens iron and faithful are the wounds of a friend. I didn’t intend my original article to spark a debate, but I am very happy that it has done so. No tradition should go unchallenged among God’s people. We must be constantly reforming our practices in light of the Word of God. As I said in my first offering, I applaud and...Read More

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