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.


A completed life

By Natasha Moore | 31/07/2020

In light of the Dutch “completed life” bill, Natasha Moore ponders the distinction made between a person’s biological and biographical life.

Liberty, love, and wearing a mask

By Tim Costello | 28/07/2020

Tim Costello opens up about the very personal reason why he chooses to forego his personal liberties and wear a mask.

Good trouble

By Justine Toh | 24/07/2020

Justine Toh reflects on the life of U.S. civil rights icon John Lewis, and how he stood up for truth even in the face of state violence.

Vale Jim Packer

By Simon Smart | 21/07/2020

Simon Smart gives a tribute to Biblical scholar and theologian J.I. Packer, whom he studied under at Regent College in Vancouver.

Prayer in a pandemic

By Anna Grummitt | 17/07/2020

Anna Grummitt reflects on the resurgence of prayer during COVID19, and how prayer remains a natural response for many in hard times.

“Sensei, you’re frozen”

By Jassamyn Reyes | 14/07/2020

CPX Intern Jassamyn Reyes on the experience of teaching martial arts classes over Zoom, and the importance of physical touch in relationships.

We are family (are we?)

By Richard Shumack | 10/07/2020

Richard Shumack ponders how viewing society as a family that thrives on love can help combat the rise of division and toxic disagreements.

What’s in a name?

By Natasha Moore | 07/07/2020

Natasha Moore reflects on how it matters what we name things, and that it especially matters that we name things.

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.