Author Archives: Stephen Gray

Advent Day 4: After the Beginning

Earlier in this series, we talked about the start of the world, and how this relates to the Christmas story. Today, we’re looking a bit further on in the story. In Genesis 3, the Bible tells the story of the first human beings. It calls them Adam and Eve, though the fact that the names […]

Advent Day 3: Humility and Greatness

So far in our Advent series, we’ve talked about how God became a human being. Let’s continue on that theme. One of the early Christian leaders, a man called Paul, wrote this about Jesus: In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus who, being in very nature God, did not […]

Advent Day 2: The Word Became Flesh

In yesterday’s advent blog, we looked at the start of John’s gospel. The gospel begins with the a rather strange sentence: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. A few paragraphs later, John adds a bit more meat onto the bones, saying “the Word became […]

Advent Day 1: In the beginning

It always annoys me how the period covered by advent calendars only co-incides with advent itself one year in seven. So to relaunch this blog, I’ll be doing my own advent calendar of sorts. I plan to blog about something related to Christmas for every day of advent. I thought I’d start at the beginning. […]

#euref What would Brexit actually look like?

Probably the most important question of the EU Referendum is what would happen next if Leave wins. There are, broadly speaking, three different ways in which the UK could leave the EU, and each of them would mean a different set of changes. A quick disclaimer here: Whilst I’ll try to be objective here, I […]

#euref What is the EU Anyway?

The EU referendum campaign is underway, and a lot of people don’t think they know enough to decide how to vote. So I thought I’d try explaining it all. This post is a quick guide to what the EU is and what it does. Other posts in this series will explore what “Brexit” looks like, […]

Why I might spoil my ballot paper this year

In my area there are two elections this May. Whilst I will be voting Green in the local council elections, I might be spoiling my ballot for the Police and Crime Commissioner, because there are no candidates I can honestly support. If you’re not familiar with the term, a spoiled ballot is a ballot paper […]


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Faith and the Green Party DO mix

Yesterday, Gillan Scott (formerly of God and Politics UK, now blogging at Archbishop Cranmer) wrote a post with the provocative title “Green Party: Christians welcome, but only if you ignore your faith”. Whilst Gillan is usually even-handed, the post was a hatchet-job, basically claiming that the Green Party’s positions on abortion, euthanasia, and same-sex marriage […]

Thoughts on Green Party Conference

I spent last weekend at Green Party conference in Liverpool. Every conference is different, and this time I was manning a stall for some of the time. This was on behalf of the new group within the party that is provisionally called Christian Greens (all welcome). Basically, a few weeks ago, a few of us […]