The world’s gone gaga over news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – the nation’s golden couple – are expecting their first child. So here we’ve provided you with a #royalbaby-free zone, with top quality content we wouldn’t want you to miss in all the brouhaha. Don’t judge us. Everyone else is at it.

1. Shane Claiborne and the red-letter revolution
‘People didn’t walk away from Jesus and say: ‘Man, he sure doesn’t like gay folks’ or he’s so ‘judgemental’ or ‘hypocritical’, right?’ Right, Shane. You’re so right.

2. You can’t handle the truth!
Danny Webster uses that iconic scene from A Few Good Men to talk about the Leveson Inquiry. You may have yawned when you read the word ‘Leveson’, but it’s important, and asks us some interesting questions about morality.

3. Blessed are the innovators
“You don’t need anyone else’s permission to create. Green light yourself and get to work.” Don’t just mumble or blog about the things you’re not happy about in the world. Do something. Change things. God says we have to.

4. Pick of the week
This week it was Angeline Liles’ turn to bring us her top internet finds. Oooh, look at the pretty bookshelves…

5. Is internet dating biblical?
To pray for a partner or peruse the online profiles? That is the question. This one sparked a bit of debate…

6. Is religion the last taboo in comedy?
No, this one’s not about Brian McLaren’s new book Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road. But funnymen Greg Davies and Russell Howard (yep, the real ones!) talk about whether faith can be funny.

7. Christmas jingles and the doctors working in Palestine
The Advent calendars are open, the tree is up, the office Christmas parties are already happening. But spare a thought for those in Israel this yuletide.

8. Thank God for the women bishops veto
Yes, she came right out and said it. Brave Catherine Brooks gives her honest reflection on women in leadership. This one sparked the most comments we’ve had on threads.

9. Live review: The Staves
Three people fainted at The Staves gig. And we woz there to witness this captivating band live in action.

And finally…

10. Bit of a balls-up: 5 things that make testicular cancer easier
Last week, Jonty Langley, an integral part of the threads community, was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He will make you laugh and make you cry in this article. A must-read.

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We are a collective of Christians from all walks of life, who are living, working and trying to carve out our identity in our worlds. We know our lives can be broken and dislocated and we also know Jesus is the ultimate fixer. We are humble, because we are not worthy. So we’re not judges, and we don’t do platitudes. Life can be full of knots, but we’re living it to the full.

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