Interview with Thomas McCall, Author of “FORSAKEN: The Trinity and the Cross, and Why it Matters”

I was contacted by IVP yesterday to post the following interview with Thomas McCall, professor at TEDS. It’s an interview on his new book, Forsaken: The Trinity and the Cross, and Why It Matters. I thought it would be a great way to reflect this Holy Saturday on the forsakenness of our Savior.

Here is a description of the book from IVP:

“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”

How should a Christian interpret this passage? What implications does the cross have for the trinitarian theology? Did the Father kill the Son?

Theologian Thomas McCall presents a trinitarian reading of Christ’s darkest moment–the moment of his prayer to his heavenly Father from the cross. McCall revisits the biblical texts and surveys the various interpretations of Jesus’ cry, ranging from early church theologians to the Reformation to contemporary theologians. Along the way, he explains the terms of the scholarly debate and clearly marks out what he believes to be the historically orthodox point of view. By approaching the Son’s cry to the Father as an event in the life of the Triune God, Forsaken seeks to recover the true poignancy of the orthodox perspective on the cross.

I’m looking forward to reading this book and hope to do a review of it soon. Do yourself a favor this Holy Saturday and listen to this interview, and then buy McCall’s new book that paints the event of the cross in big, bold, bright colors in an effort to deepen the Church’s understand what happened at the cross and the forsakenness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.



  • Jon Trainer

    thanks for this…a good listen before trinity sunday.

    • http://www.jeremybouma.com/ jeremy bouma

      Wasn’t it? Glad you found it helpful and inspiring! Have a blessed Sunday soaking in the blessed mystery of Father, Son, Spirit.