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THINKING OUT LOUD

Twice a week, a member of the CPX team "thinks out loud" in public - offering not conclusions, but launching-off points for conversation about what's going on in the news right now, or in our cultural "moment".

As with everything CPX does, the goal is to reframe things - to edge our way together towards a more expansive public imagination when it comes to Christian faith and the contribution it has to make to our shared life.

Here's a collection of these columns. They are usually posted each Tuesday and Friday on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Latest

Jesus and the “real world”

By Natasha Moore | 29/09/2021

Natasha Moore reflects on how Sally Rooney’s newest novel features Jesus, and the search for meaning in the “real world”.

Reader, I ate him

By Justine Toh | 24/09/2021

Justine Toh spends $3.50 on a single lockdown mango, and celebrates what it heralds: summer days to come, and renewed hope.

Feeling grateful

By Simon Smart | 14/09/2021

A personal experience of a friend’s bushwalking injury leads Simon Smart to reflect on what it’s like to live in this particular time and place.

The Block confessions

By Mark Stephens | 10/09/2021

In the wake of the cheating scandals on The Block, Mark Stephens considers how hard it is to confess wrongdoing.

Educated

By Natasha Moore | 07/09/2021

This International Literacy Day, Natasha Moore celebrates the fact that the goal of universal literacy is so widely held, and ferociously pursued.

Deep calls to deep

By Justine Toh | 31/08/2021

Justine Toh asks herself why she’s craving the ocean – salt water, sea wind, coastal walks, the immensity of it all – especially in lockdown.

Gentle Giant

By Mark Stephens | 24/08/2021

Mark Stephens reflects on how our characters are formed in light of the story of former Chicago Bulls legend Luc Longley.

These four walls

By Natasha Moore | 17/08/2021

Natasha Moore ponders what 14th-century anchoress Julian of Norwich might teach us about holding onto hope in difficult times.

On the lockdown blues

By Tim Costello | 13/08/2021

Tim Costello reflects on the lockdown blues, pandemic pressures, and the one thing that’s renewing his hope in this difficult time.

Not Good Enough

By Simon Smart | 10/08/2021

Simon Smart on why we should stop saying “you can achieve anything you want if you just try hard”. 

Dan stans & Gladys fans

By Natasha Moore | 03/08/2021

Natasha Moore reflects on what it means – in Tokyo, at home, and in lockdown – to be Australians, at the same time both one and many.

When “Imagine” feels jarring

By Mark Stephens | 27/07/2021

Mark Stephens ponders the irony of John Lennon’s song “Imagine” featuring in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.