As I mentioned a few days ago, Stephen J. Patterson of Willamette University will be lecturing tonight at Trinity University on the subject "The Lost Way: How Two Forgotten Gospels are Rewriting the Story of Christian Origins". The event will begin at 7pm in Chapman Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
This week I had a chance to read the book upon which the lecture is based. While personally I remain somewhat agnostic regarding the existence of Q and the dating of the Gospel of Thomas, I will say that I found the book to be very insightful, well-argued, accessibly written, and provocative to my thinking, especially the last two chapters wherein he writes about John the Baptist's relationship to the early Jesus-Movement and pneumatic elements of early Christianity as it relates to John. He has some very interesting proposals to offer regarding Apollos, who we find mentioned by Paul in 1 Corinthians and by Luke in Acts 18. But that's all I will say. To hear more show up to the lecture!