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.


The value of stories

By Mark Stephens | 03/07/2020

Mark Stephens on the human craving for narrative, the importance of storytellers, and the Bible’s focus on story.

Experiencing shame

By Tim Costello | 30/06/2020

Tim Costello reflects on the experience of shame – regarding COVID19, Australian history, and the banking royal commission.

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.