John Knox called Calvin’s Geneva “the most perfect school of Christ that ever was in the earth since the days of the Apostles.” What marked Calvin’s ministry was his commitment to wed deep theological study to an all-of-life experiential godliness. This is seen both in the applications found in his writings as well as in the fact that he fueled a church planting movement in France and missions in Brazil. Calvin longed to see sound doctrine established in the hearts of the people. In this respect, it can be said that he sought to faithfully carry out the Apostle Paul’s charge to his young protégée Timothy: “Take heed to yourself and to your doctrine” (1 Tim. 4:16). In keeping with this exhortation and the example of Calvin’s Geneva, The Christward Collective is an attempt to help introduce the reader to various aspects of theology, together with the experiential benefits that ought to flow from them. Whether systematic, biblical, exegetical, historical or pastoral theology, we are seeking to help further equip believers for growth in their relationship with Christ and other believers. In short, we long for all believers to care deeply about theology and to see the “cash value” of diligently pursuing such study. This site is a place where “doctrine and life meet.”
We chose the word “Christward” to reflect both the object and goal of theological study. Jesus Christ is the center, source and end of all sound doctrine. Conformity to His image is the goal of all Christian living. We chose the word “Collective” because we are a group of pastors and theologians coming together for the common cause of edifying the church. We hope that this project will be a blessing to all who are moving Christward in their knowledge of and in conformity unto His image.
If you have any questions about the project please email our editor, Nick Batzig, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alliance's Editorial Advisory Committee:
Nick Batzig, ChristwardCollective.org
Danny Hyde, MeetthePurtians.com
Jonathan Master, PlaceforTruth.org
Mark McDowell, reformation21.org
Michael Roberts, Alliance devotionals
Carl Trueman, MortificationofSpin.org
Tim Witmer, TheShepherdLeader.org