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Faith Formation: Doctrines & Theologies

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Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources about Doctrine and Theology. Please scroll down to find:

  • "In Our Library" Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles
  • Related Studies

We have expanded resources specific to addressing Atonement Theory and Exploring God - to invite all ages to encounter diverse images of God and emerging theologies.

If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Rev. Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.

Books - Adults

Amending the Christian Story     Beyond Justification     The Bible in the Ashes of Social Chaos     Charging Interest: Medieval Wisdom for a Modern Financial Crisis     The Cross in the Midst of Creation: Following Jesus, Engaging the Powers, Transforming the World     The Crucifixion of the Warrior God: The Cross of Christ and the Revelation of God     Matthew Fox-Essential Writings On Creation Spirituality-.jpg     The Exvangelicals               Picture of The Half Known Life     Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross - eBook  -     By: Derek Flood     Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and  Fractured a Nation: Kobes Du Mez, Kristin: 9781631495731: Books     BL_JesusAndTheAbolitionists_Cover_9798889830818c          The Living Dead          Nothing Gained Is Eternal: A Theology of Tradition     Post-Traumatic Jesus     Refugia Faith: Seeking Hidden Shelters, Ordinary Wonders, and the Healing of the Earth     Cover Image     Scapegoats: The Gospel through the Eyes of Victims     Security after Christendom               SinsoftheSpirit-new.jpg     Solus Jesus by Emily Swan & Ken Wilson book cover     Theology in the Capitalocene: Ecology, Identity, Class, and Solidarity     Cover image of the Universal Christ by Richard Rohr, cover image     The Way of Abundance: Economic Justice in Scripture and Society     When Did Jesus Become God?     When We Belong     


Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles

On the left we see a black and white image of a hawk perched on a cactus. On the right we see a black and white image of twisting tree branches. In the center is a color photo of a person walking into a lake a sunset, ripples emanating through the water from their steps.Faith, Beliefs, and Revolutionary Love

In his book Faith After Doubt, Brian McLaren describes four stages of the faith journey—Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony—through which we move repeatedly over the course of our lives. As we grow in faith, our specific beliefs become less important than the revolutionary love to which we are called.

Sunday Musings: King Jesus. Really?

Diana Butler Bass; Nov. 20, 2022


Mary the Tower

What would Christianity be like if Mary Magdalene hadn't been hidden from view?

In the left image we see open hands. In the middle image we see an old stone building with an open doorway, through the doorway we see a pathway leading off into distant beauty. In the right image we see another set of open hands receiving clear water as it drips from above.

Week Forty-Five: Interfaith Friendships: Daily Meditations exploring the fruitfulness of interfaith friendships.

 Only Love Is Absolute

Voices of Our Female Ancestors, featuring Kat Armas

 Mary the Tower

by Diana Butler Bass

What would Christianity be like if Mary Magdalene hadn't been hidden from view?


Learning How to See Podcast with Brian McLaren, Jacqui Lewis and Richard Rohr

 Rev. Dr. Michael Piazza reflects on Our Non-Binary God.

Love. Period. — Podcast Series with Rev. Jacqui Lewis PhD

Do you yearn for a new vision of Christianity—one with love and justice at the core of its practice? Rev. Jacqui Lewis PhD animates a renewed faith for our times in her podcast Love. Period.

A painting of God as a Black woman in a cosmic setting by Annelie Solis

God in Feminine Form

By Daneen Akers of Watchfire Media

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Standing on the Edge of the Inside

An Alternative Orthodoxy empowers us to stand courageously and loving critique ourselves, our beliefs, and our world.

Diana Butler Bass wonders about the difference between "believe" and "believe"...

AdobeStock_327540357.jpegCrystal Cheatam's Our Bible App is focused on Ditching Toxic Theology, and includes devotions and podcasts from emerging thinkers and leaders.

HeartGroups by Renewed Heart Ministries - Home | Facebook

Renewed Heart Ministries offers Nonviolence and the Cross: Jesus' execution from four liberation perspectives (2017)

Related Studies

Cross Vision Study Guide     Proverbs of Ashes


DoubtersParishThe sole purpose of Doubter’s Parish is to help thinking people navigate faith in the twenty-first century. In short, it serves as a “digital parish” for people grappling with traditional beliefs and institutional religion in the modern era.

In Our Library

Made in Her Image: Exploring New Perspectives in the Bible and Christian History Facilitator Guide and Participant Resource Book

African American Theology     All the Best Questions!: And Some Answers, Too     The Art of Theological Reflection     Awake to the Moment          Beyond Belief by Elaine Pagels     Cover for A Brief Introduction to the New Testament          35482569. sy475      Coming Full Circle: Constructing Native Christian Theology     Front Cover Preview Image - 1 of 11 - Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most     Cross Vision: How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence     Days of Awe and Wonder          The Divine Dance - The Trinity and Your Transformation - Richard Rohr     15818238     9780829816167: Doing Girlfriend Theology: God-Talk with Young Women     Executing God               Glorify | Reclaiming the Heart of Progressive Christianity (Heath)     The God We Never Knew               E-Book          The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Church History: Flaming Heretics and Heavy Drinkers     The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the End Times: Theology after You’ve Been Left Behind     The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to God: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know about the Almighty     The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the Holy Spirit: Hand-Raisers, Han, and the Holy Ghost     The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Jesus: Lord, Liar, Lunatic . . . Or Awesome?     How (Not) to Speak of God     How to Think Theologically: Third Edition     Incarnation: The Surprising Overlap of Heaven & Earth  -     By: William H. Willimon     Intersectional Theology: An Introductory Guide               Making Paper Cranes: Toward an Asian American Feminist Theology     Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time          On the Mystery: Discerning Divinity in Process     Original Blessing by Matthew Fox     Original Blessing: Putting Sin in Its Rightful Place     Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith     multi-faith tree - green - 862x691               Proverbs of Ashes     Pub Theology     34201517. sy475                Saving Paradise               Taking Theology to Youth Ministry  -     By: Andrew Root     The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry     The Thirst of God     This I Believe     This I Believe II          Way of Love          9781596270848: What Does a Progressive Christian Believe?: A Guide for the Searching, the Open, and the Curious     What Matters for Children and Families | Engaging Six Vital Themes of Our Faith (Proctor)          What We Talk About When We Talk About God     What's the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?     Book - Paperback     

Denominational Doctrines & Theologies - In Our Library

Balaam's Unofficial Handbook of the United Church of Christ     Book - Paperback                                        Faith and Creeds: A Guide for Study and Devotion  -     By: Alister E. McGrath     9780819232977: Faith Rules: An Episcopal Manual     Image 1     5778652          Front Cover Preview Image - 1 of 9 - The Living God: A Guide for Study and Devotion     9780664503086: More Presbyterian Questions, More Presbyterian Answers: Exploring Christian Faith          Presbyterian Faith That Lives Today     1622627     9780664502881: The Presbyterian Handbook          The Spirit of Grace: A Guide for Study and Devotion   -     By: Alister E. McGrath          The Unofficial Handbook of the United Church of Christ (Caldwell & Preston)     18702080