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.


Animal kingdom

By Justine Toh | 18/09/2020

Justine Toh on the wealth of metaphors the animal world offers for our meritocratic culture.

Do no harm?

By Natasha Moore | 15/09/2020

In light of a gender reveal party that started a huge wildfire in California, Natasha Moore reflects on unintended consequences.

Nostalgia for Sydney 2000

By Simon Smart | 11/09/2020

Simon Smart reminisces about the Sydney Olympics, and how nostalgia for that time of community and celebration has greater weight in 2020.

Light shining in a dark place

By Anna Grummitt | 09/09/2020

Anna Grummitt reflects on the symbolism of the surprising survival of a colony of glow worms after the summer’s bushfires.

Morality is back

By Richard Shumack | 04/09/2020

Richard Shumack on why he’s glad that after a long break, objective morality is back.

Lessons from “Boys State”

By Mark Stephens | 01/09/2020

Mark Stephens on the award-winning documentary “Boys State”, and the importance of being willing to lose with and for your principles.

Addicted to the news

By Barney Zwartz | 28/08/2020

Barney Zwartz reflects on how the current pandemic has magnified his obsession with the news, and how this addiction comes at a cost.

On rhythms and rituals

By Justine Toh | 25/08/2020

Justine Toh on her longing for liturgy in a year when all rhythms have been disrupted by COVID-19.

The “audacity” of hope

By Mark Stephens | 21/08/2020

Mark Stephens ponders whether our large hopes for big solutions to global problems might be pointers towards transcendence.


By Tim Costello | 18/08/2020

Tim Costello shares about the importance of focusing our attention on the pandemic’s impact on the world’s most vulnerable.

The Worst Year Ever?

By Natasha Moore | 14/08/2020

Natasha Moore reflects on the pessimism and apocalypticism of our times, and the value of stubbornly clinging to hope.

The first stone

By Simon Smart | 11/08/2020

Simon Smart ponders “unconscious bias” towards Indigenous Australians, and how lives can be profoundly impacted by seminal moments.