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.


Who cares?

By Justine Toh | 29/05/2020

Justine Toh on how women have borne the brunt of COVID-19, having to balance paid work with housework, parenting, and home-schooling.

The Last Dance

By Simon Smart | 27/05/2020

Reflecting on the new series The Last Dance, Simon Smart writes on what Michael Jordan might have lost in his pursuit of success.

Help for our failures

By Barney Zwartz | 22/05/2020

Barney Zwartz on how Christianity helps deal with the guilt we feel over our disappointments and failures.

Life in the slow lane

By Alexander Boland | 19/05/2020

CPX Intern Alexander Boland ponders the positive impacts isolation in 2020 has had on the pace of his life.

FOMO in #iso

By Anna Grummitt | 15/05/2020

Anna Grummitt on experiencing FOMO during isolation, and what hope the Christian story can offer to a society obsessed with productivity.

Appreciating the “abundance of the ordinary”

By Mark Stephens | 12/05/2020

Mark Stephens reflects on what we can do about the experience of boredom during isolation.


By Richard Shumack | 08/05/2020

Richard Shumack on taking online guitar lessons during isolation, and what the beauty and power of music might tell us about a Creator.

Living in the gap

By Natasha Moore | 05/05/2020

Natasha Moore ponders the importance of lament in the time of coronavirus.

Losing ourselves, saving our souls

By Simon Smart | 01/05/2020

Simon Smart reflects on The Lord of the Rings, Saint Augustine, and the Christian notion of the need to lose your life in order to find it.

Zooming, slacking, and being human in the time of COVID

By Barney Zwartz | 28/04/2020

Barney Zwartz on all the inventive opportunities to stay connected during this pandemic, and what this says about the spirit of humanity.

Iso-exercise with Millennial Barbie

By Justine Toh | 24/04/2020

Justine Toh on what obsessively watching travel yoga classes on YouTube has in common with religion and worship.

Entering the pain of others

By Anna Grummitt | 21/04/2020

Anna Grummitt ponders the legacy of Father Damien of Molokai, and what motivated him – and other modern ‘Damiens’ – to suffer with others.