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.


Vale Tim Keller

By Anna Grummitt | 23/05/2023

Anna Grummitt reflects on Tim Keller’s impact on her own life – and also how he is remembered by those who weren’t in his camp. 

Time to panic?

By Simon Smart | 17/05/2023

Simon Smart on why he sees parallels between rapid advances in modern technologies (especially AI) and the ancient Tower of Babel story.

Budget, smudge-it

By Barney Zwartz | 10/05/2023

Writing the day after Budget night, Barney Zwartz argues that we need a broader perspective than Budget “winners” and “losers”. 

The King and I

By Max Jeganathan | 02/05/2023

In the lead-up to Charles’ coronation this weekend, Max Jeganathan reflects on what he and the King have in common.

What I wouldn’t die for

By Justine Toh | 25/04/2023

Justine Toh reflects on how Anzac Day – when we honour soldiers’ ultimate sacrifice – is an annual reminder of what she wouldn’t die for.

Dog mum by marriage

By Natasha Moore | 18/04/2023

Natasha Moore wrestles with the tough question: Is the amount of money we spend on our pets a moral issue?

What if you’re wrong?

By Anna Grummitt | 12/04/2023

Anna Grummitt reflects on The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling, and the importance of humility when it comes to our deeply-held beliefs.

The end of grief

By Emma Wilkins | 07/04/2023

CPX Associate Emma Wilkins reflects on how the Easter story speaks into our grief and says that death is not the end.

The week that ties it all together

By Tim Costello | 04/04/2023

Tim Costello explains why he sees the remarkable events of that first Easter week as the refrain of Christianity.

Losing well

By Simon Smart | 28/03/2023

Simon Smart reflects on Dominic Perrottet’s concession speech after the NSW election – and why we value losing with dignity and grace.

War of words

By Natasha Moore | 24/03/2023

Natasha Moore on the challenge of defining terms like “culture wars”, and the importance of generosity towards those we attempt to describe.

Down but not out

By Barney Zwartz | 21/03/2023

Barney Zwartz reflects on the life of his late son Sam – and the joy he brought to all who met him – for World Down Syndrome Day.