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Top posts chosen by our lovely threads team

The drain of the ‘dear Church’ open letters

// It's important to remember that you are also a part of the Church you are writing about.

Written by Tom Pettinger

Picked by Thomas McConaghie

At threads, we make an effort to accommodate a variety of opinions and allow space for those to challenge certain aspects of church life. We all really appreciate Tom's article, reminding us not to disassociate ourselves from the Church we criticise.

Hello, your name is not Single

// Seven pieces of advice for single people.

Written by Gemma Brown

Picked by Amaris Cole

We all love a list, especially if it’s one to inspire and encourage us. This post from the lovely Gemma Brown does just that. Smashing the stereotype of the singleton and offering an honest insight into those riding solo – to quote Jason Derulo – this post is worth reading whatever your relationship status.

The serpent in the sands

// Sometimes we are just infants, railing against rules we don’t like.

Written by Jonty Langley

Picked by Christine Gilland

I love the way Jonty writes, and this particular post always speaks to me about the importance of being truthful with myself about why I believe what I do. It’s an older post, but always a challenging read.

Go to church? Why can’t I just listen to a podcast?

// Ok, here's why - and no, I’m not anti-technology. I’m just pro-community.

Written by Andy Tilsley

Picked by Chine McDonald

I’m a little obsessed with podacsts. Conversations with friends inevitably turn to: what have you been listening to recently? Love great storytelling and being able to pick and choose what I’m interested in. Andy Tilsley’s post reminds us of the limits of podcasts. It’s a challenge to commit to church because of what it provides – real, authentic relationships – even when it’s dull and you can’t skip past this week’s sermon and onto the next.