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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

On knowing little in a pandemic world

By Mark Stephens | 15/04/2020

Mark Stephens on the importance of having a posture of humility when thinking and commenting on the coronavirus crisis.

Loose, baggy monsters

By Natasha Moore | 10/04/2020

Natasha Moore on why the Easter weekend is the perfect time to read one of the big books on your shelf – such as the Bible.

Easter and the lifting of burdens

By Simon Smart | 08/04/2020

In light of a recent episode of ‘You Can’t Ask That’, Simon Smart reflects on how the Easter story offers freedom and rest for the weary.

Acts of wonder

By Bella Beach | 03/04/2020

CPX intern Bella Beach on how while COVID has shown an ugly side of human fear, it has also led to sacrificial acts for the sake of others.

Social distancing and solidarity

By Justine Toh | 27/03/2020

Justine Toh on the decline of community, religion and social capital, and how COVID-19 may help us discover that we’re better together.

Vale Catherine Hamlin

By Mark Stephens | 20/03/2020

Mark Stephens reflects on the life of Catherine Hamlin, and how her faith drove her to serve Ethiopian women suffering obstetric fistula.

Anxiety and comfort amidst COVID-19

By Anna Grummitt | 13/03/2020

Anna Grummitt looks at the (surprising) place some young people are searching for comfort in our fearful and anxious time.

Into the light

By Richard Shumack | 06/03/2020

Reflecting on the death of his father-in-law, Richard Shumack writes about competing visions of “going gently into that good night.”

The Australian Dream

By Mark Stephens | 28/02/2020

Mark Stephens writes on Stan Grant’s documentary about indigenous AFL player Adam Goodes, and our desire to be seen for who we are.

The mad that you feel

By Natasha Moore | 21/02/2020

Natasha Moore reflects on the new film A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, and what Mr Rogers teaches us about dealing with anger.

The high bar of love

By Tim Costello | 14/02/2020

Tim Costello ponders Valentine’s Day, romance, the TV show Married at First Sight, and what love is really all about.

The beautiful mystery of forgiveness

By Simon Smart | 07/02/2020

Simon Smart contemplates the Abdallah family’s response to their children’s death, and Christianity’s resources of grace and forgiveness.