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.


Stories we live by

By Justine Toh | 30/11/2021

Justine Toh muses on the benefits of the big and little stories we live by to shape us and define our realities.

A new scandal, an all-too familiar failure

By Simon Smart | 23/11/2021

Simon Smart responds to the sexting scandal in Australia’s Test cricket team – and what it says about team culture.

Bleeding nurses

By Justine Toh | 19/11/2021

Justine Toh considers the infinite challenge of nursing, and why so many are leaving the profession.

A lifelong obsession

By Barney Zwartz | 16/11/2021

Cricket tragic Barney Zwartz exults in both the result and the spirit of the 2021 T20 World Cup Final.

Flowers grow in the soil of ashes

By Natasha Moore | 12/11/2021

Natasha Moore offers some reflections on the appeal of assisted dying – and why Christians are often so wary of it.

My name is Cleo

By Simon Smart | 05/11/2021

Simon Smart celebrates the unexpected and miraculous good news of the safe return of Cleo Smith to her parents.

Who will save the world?

By Natasha Moore | 02/11/2021

Natasha Moore considers superpowers, COP26, one man who’s making a huge difference … and the Creator he puts his trust in.

The pleasures of slovenliness

By Barney Zwartz | 29/10/2021

As Melbourne emerges at last into freedom from lockdown, Barney Zwartz finds himself in need of an adjustment period.

Return to “normal”

By Mark Stephens | 26/10/2021

With kids returning to school in NSW this week, Mark Stephens reflects on what it is that makes that such a big deal.

A three-way bromance

By Justine Toh | 22/10/2021

Justine Toh talks male friendship, her experience of lifelong besties, and how deep connections may just have something divine about them.

The games we play

By Jayden Battey | 15/10/2021

Jayden Battey says the wildly popular Netflix series Squid Game reflects our own choices back to us.

Walking among the dead

By Emily Anderson | 12/10/2021

CPX intern Emily Anderson has been taking her lockdown walks in Sydney’s most densely populated suburb: Rookwood. Yep, the cemetery.