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.


Homo uneconomicus

By Natasha Moore | 11/05/2021

Natasha Moore on Matt Damon, the 2021 Federal Budget, and how (and why) our view of the human person is profoundly uneconomical.

The global face of Christianity

By Mark Stephens | 07/05/2021

Mark Stephens on the election of a Sydney Anglican Archbishop from a non-European background, and the diversity of global Christianity.

Love your neighbour near and far

By Anna Grummitt | 05/05/2021

Anna Grummitt on the decision to ban Australians in India from returning home, and the importance of compassion during this pandemic.

Just one bad apple?

By Tim Costello | 28/04/2021

Tim Costello reflects on individual and systemic evils, and how in the Christian story Jesus comes to deal with them both.

What money can’t buy

By Mark Stephens | 23/04/2021

Mark Stephens on the pushback against the European Super League, and how sport is so much more than just a commodity.

The Power of Ritual

By Simon Smart | 20/04/2021

In light of Prince Philip’s funeral, Simon Smart ponders the enduring importance of ritual.

Attention is Power

By Justine Toh | 15/04/2021

Justine Toh on Aboriginal deaths in custody, the “attention economy”, and what we might learn from Old Testament prophets.


By Natasha Moore | 13/04/2021

Natasha Moore reflects on a storm in her teacup – Sky News’ misinterpretation of her Easter Sunday article for ABC News.

Khloé, Instagram, and losing control

By Anna Grummitt | 09/04/2021

Anna Grummitt on what Khloé Kardashian’s reaction to an unapproved photo reveals about our desire for control and fear of rejection.

Rethinking Australia’s social contract

By Barney Zwartz | 06/04/2021

Barney Zwartz on Anglicare’s The Cost of Privilege report, and how the pandemic provides a chance to rethink Australia’s social contract.

A fresh start

By Mark Stephens | 02/04/2021

Mark Stephens on Paul Kelly’s ballad “If I Could Start Today Again”, and how the Easter story speaks to our longing for a fresh start.

Trustworthy masculinity

By Tim Costello | 31/03/2021

Tim Costello reflects on a famous story from Jesus’ life, and what lessons it teaches men about moving from toxic to trustworthy masculinity.