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.


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.

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.