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“Scholarship with a Shepherd’s Heart”

This is the motto of Phoenix Seminary.  For those of you who know Clark Bates or have sat under his teaching, you would probably agree that this motto could equally apply to his life.  Around the end of June, this year, Clark was notified that he had been accepted, not only to a fine Seminary, but into a very special program. 

The Text & Canon Institute, established by professors Peter Gurry and John Meade at Phoenix Seminary exists to encourage research and publication of scholarly work on the history of the canon and the text of the Bible.  To accomplish this mission, the Institute seeks to foster and support scholarly research, academic colloquia, conferences, and professional presentations on biblical and related ancient texts, traditions, languages, methods of textual criticism, and the history of the canon.  All this while serving the church through the provision of publications and public events that illuminate the integrity of the Bible’s textual history and canonization (More can be read about this Institute here). 

The Institute was officially created earlier this year, and recently opened up requests for applications to be part of the first ever Text & Canon Institute Fellowship.  The Fellowship is  a one-year scholarship and mentoring program for a student in the Phoenix Seminary ThM program who intends to pursue doctoral studies in Old or New Testament textual criticism, canon studies, or ancillary disciplines.  TCI Fellows work directly with the directors to implement the vision of the Text & Canon Institute and may participate with them in research, teaching, and other related duties. Fellows must have a previous Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree and must show a strong proficiency in the biblical languages.

Clark, was asked to apply and he did.  At the close of the month of June, the Bates family was notified that Clark had been accepted to this prestigious honor!  Trusting that this is God’s will, and after several days of prayer and conversation with his wife Jessie, Clark accepted the offer.  What this means for the Bates family is an opportunity to take the next step in God’s orchestration of their lives, and for Clark specifically, it is the opportunity to teach, study and work alongside some of the brightest minds in his field.  As exciting as this opportunity is for all the Bates family, it also means that they have to move the entire family to Arizona in a matter of weeks! 

As God continues to open doors for them on this journey, this fundraiser has been established to allow members of their community to help as well.  Many of you know that the cost of relocation is not easy, and while the education will be paid for, the other daily expenses will still exist.  While Clark is diligently looking for work in the Phoenix area to supplement the family’s needs, any gift toward this journey will be gratefully received and go directly toward their moving expenses and the expenses of settling in the area. 

As they look toward the coming weeks, Clark and Jessie have called to mind the words of Gen. 12:1-2:
"...
Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing."
 

 

 

 

 

BRITTNEY BROWN

2019-08-09 01:30:07

Wish I could give more... you and Jessie have been such a blessing to me. Praying for you all!

Jonathan M Davis

2019-08-02 14:38:56

You are loved and our prayers are with your family.

Maria Smith

2019-08-02 04:34:59

Safe travels! We’re looking forward to more family in AZ!

laura b burton

2019-07-22 15:54:34

You all will do Amazing things! Prayers, love and light to you all!!

Anonymous

2019-07-20 13:41:40

We're excited to have you join us at Phoenix Seminary! Soli Deo Gloria! JDM

Lois Mandrell

2019-07-20 00:59:55

Best wishes - Godspeed. The doors will open,

dorie m anderssohn

2019-07-19 13:12:26

blessings

Keith Steinacher

2019-07-18 19:30:16

We are excited for you all and this opportunity. We are happy to be able to help you as start this new chapter!

Devon Radke

2019-07-18 18:45:07

I'm pleased to have the opportunity to assist the guy who has provided sound guidance and assistance to me, to his wife who has become my friend, and their kids whom I have grown to adore. You guys rock!

Update #3 Nothing is too big for God
August 8, 2019, 7:38 pm

Well, the time has come.  We are leaving for Phoenix on Friday morning!!!  For everyone who has been praying for us along the way, we have another update.

Most of you know that through all of this, we have never had a place to live in Phoenix.  In spite of this, we believed firmly that God had called us to go.  We've had many highs and many lows in the last two months, but we have always given these concerns to the Lord.

On Wednesday, the day before we picked up our moving van, we received the name and number of a woman in Phoenix that wanted to help.  She has very graciously offered to provide us a home on a monthly lease until January, while we look for a more permanent house.  This home is perfect for us and close to the Seminary.

We hope that this journey has been as much a faith-building experience for all of you as it has been for us, and we appreciate all of your prayers. Our God is great and His timing is perfect.  We will be certain to update at least one last time as we finish this move.

We leave you with a statement often made by our pastor.  "God is rarely early, but He is never late."

 

Update #2
August 4, 2019, 1:21 pm

Just to keep everyone updated, we will be pulling out, Friday, August 9.  We have been blessed with an offer of a temporary place to stay, but are still trying to finalize the details of that.

Additionally, Clark has a company that would like to interview him when we arrive.  In both situations we are grateful but continue to seek God's will on what to do.

We thank you for your prayers and donations and ask that you continue to be praying that we will finalize these last minute details before we leave.

Thank you again!

Update #1:. Other areas where you could be in prayer
July 20, 2019, 7:52 pm

For those that would like to pray more specifically for us as we make this journey, I thought I'd make this update.

Currently, we are still looking for a home in Phoenix.  It has been difficult to find a rental agency that will accept our application without a local source of income.

​​​​​​So areas of prayer for our family would be:

Finding a rental home before we move.

Finding a local job for Clark to help pay the bills.

That this year would be one of blessing for our family, not just in Clark's studies, but as we get to enjoy the bond that grows with being away from home.

Thank you so much, to all who are praying for us and those donating!  We are truly blessed to be among you.

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BRITTNEY BROWN

13 day(s) ago

Wish I could give more... you and Jessie have been such a blessing to me. Praying for you all!

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Jonathan M Davis

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You are loved and our prayers are with your family.

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Maria Smith

20 day(s) ago

Safe travels! We’re looking forward to more family in AZ!

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laura b burton

31 day(s) ago

You all will do Amazing things! Prayers, love and light to you all!!

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Anonymous Donor

33 day(s) ago

We're excited to have you join us at Phoenix Seminary! Soli Deo Gloria! JDM

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Lois Mandrell

33 day(s) ago

Best wishes - Godspeed. The doors will open,

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dorie m anderssohn

34 day(s) ago

blessings

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Keith Steinacher

34 day(s) ago

We are excited for you all and this opportunity. We are happy to be able to help you as start this new chapter!

$50

Devon Radke

35 day(s) ago

I'm pleased to have the opportunity to assist the guy who has provided sound guidance and assistance to me, to his wife who has become my friend, and their kids whom I have grown to adore. You guys rock!

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