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.


Entering the room of mirrors

By Simon Smart | 06/05/2022

Simon Smart on the importance of self-awareness, and asking ourselves: “What’s it like to be on the other side of me?”

Everywhere Everything All At Once

By Justine Toh | 22/04/2022

Justine Toh ponders the “God-haunted” existential musings of 2022’s best film: Everywhere Everything All At Once.

One paradox to rule them all

By Matthew Fitzgerald | 16/04/2022

Matthew Fitzgerald reflects on the paradoxes of life – and, in particular, the paradox at the heart of the Easter story.

Alexa, play disco

By Natasha Moore | 08/04/2022

Natasha Moore asks: if we stand in somewhat godlike relation to our “creation” – our tech – what kind of deity do we find ourselves becoming?

Denzel plays God

By Justine Toh | 29/03/2022

In light of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, Justine Toh reflects on what we can learn from Denzel Washington’s reaction.

Heart of Darkness

By Simon Smart | 25/03/2022

Simon Smart on reading stories from the war in Ukraine, and both the darkness and the goodness of human nature.

Putin, too, will pass

By Barney Zwartz | 11/03/2022

In light of the war in Ukraine, Barney Zwartz reflects on Vladimir Putin, and what the Bible has to say about tyrants and their end.

Shane Warne and our death-haunted culture

By Simon Smart | 08/03/2022

Simon Smart on the collective shock after Shane Warne’s death, and how the human reaction to loss inclines towards hopefulness.

Deep Waters

By Natasha Moore | 04/03/2022

Natasha Moore on the use of biblical language to describe the current floods – and the abundance of flood language in the Bible.

Living with 28 men through lockdown

By Jayden Battey | 18/02/2022

Jayden Battey on why he and his wife chose to move into community housing with 28 men at the start of the pandemic.

What gives you pleasure?

By Justine Toh | 08/02/2022

Justine Toh ponders: What is pleasure? Is it just about desire? Or are there deeper pleasures to be found in the normal gifts of life?

The freedom of forgiveness

By Simon Smart | 03/02/2022

In the face of profound loss, how did two parents find it possible to forgive? Simon Smart reflects on his interview with the Abdallahs.