Once 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 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Russia’s Mandela

By Natasha Moore | 22/02/2024

The hope was that he was Russia’s Mandela.

Tay-Tay the lament artist

By Max Jeganathan | 20/02/2024

We’ve been through a lot, but we made it. 7 interest rate rises. A summer of floods. An uptick in national unemployment. Even a Prime Ministerial Valentine’s Day proposal. But it’s finally here. It’s Tay-Tay week in Australia!

A world unhinged

By Tim Costello | 26/09/2023

In light of the UN Secretary-General’s recent comments, Tim Costello asks: has the institution of religion also become “unhinged”?

A lesson from a dictators’ playdate

By Max Jeganathan | 19/09/2023

Max Jeganathan on how the recent meeting between Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un highlights what real friendship is (and isn’t).

Fleeting days of glory

By Simon Smart | 15/09/2023

Simon Smart attends the Manly Sea Eagles Old Boys’ Day, and reflects on mortality and how fleeting our lives are.

Learning the secret of contentment

By Anna Grummitt | 08/09/2023

In the midst of the cost of living crisis, Anna Grummitt ponders some challenging words from the Apostle Paul.

Cost of living

By Emma Wilkins | 29/08/2023

CPX Fellow Emma Wilkins shares some of her reflections on the phrase we’re hearing all the time at the moment: “cost of living”.

Swing voters

By Natasha Moore | 22/08/2023

Natasha Moore reflects on the tribalism she’s seeing in the current debate in Australia around the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

Green ants and ham

By Barney Zwartz | 15/08/2023

Barney Zwartz shares his personal experience of the many and varied forms of hospitality practiced by different cultures around the world.

Glorious inefficiency

By Emma Wilkins | 11/08/2023

In a week full of space news, Emma Wilkins responds to the argument that the vastness of the universe is proof that there is no God.

AI Jesus

By Justine Toh | 08/08/2023

Justine Toh reflects on her experience of conversing online with the newest Twitch chatbot: “AI Jesus”.

Come on Barbie, let’s go party

By Justine Toh | 02/08/2023

Justine Toh watches the Barbie film, and reflects on its exploration of our society’s collective angst over gender.