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.


Envy attack

By Justine Toh | 26/06/2020

Justine Toh explores envy – with reference to Elena Ferrante’s novel My Brilliant Friend, the film Amadeus, and the story of Cain and Abel.

Lost in wonder

By Simon Smart | 23/06/2020

After a surfing weekend, Simon Smart ponders those moments where our breath is taken away by the sheer awe of life and existence.

The power of the tongue

By Barney Zwartz | 19/06/2020

Barney Zwartz writes on how Adem Somyurek’s sacking highlights the importance of our words – something explored in the Bible’s book of James.

“I can’t breathe”

By Anna Grummitt | 16/06/2020

Anna Grummitt on how George Floyd’s last words sound like a mantra for 2020 – and what it means for the God with wounds to know human pain.

Racism and the human heart

By Richard Shumack | 12/06/2020

Richard Shumack reflects on his experience of racism – and how racism is fundamentally a heart problem that only a miracle can solve.

Football, fake crowds, and our longing to sing praise

By Mark Stephens | 09/06/2020

Mark Stephens ponders the fake crowd noise in sporting matches, and how, as C.S. Lewis puts it, “we delight to praise what we enjoy”.

My planet

By Natasha Moore | 05/06/2020

Natasha Moore on being overwhelmed with human pain and human evil – as well as human ingenuity, resilience, and curiosity.

Injustice and reconciliation

By Tim Costello | 02/06/2020

This Reconciliation Week, Tim Costello reflects on George Floyd, injustice, and reconciliation in the Bible.

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.