THINKING OUT LOUD

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.

Latest

“Whatever it takes”

By Tim Costello | 27/07/2023

Tim Costello muses on the Ashes, Essendon Football Club, and whether there’s something truer about sport than the desire to win at all costs.

Insomnia

By Natasha Moore | 18/07/2023

In a bout of insomnia, Natasha Moore reflects on what the biblical Psalms reveal about the mystery of sleep.

Is working from home “morally wrong”?

By Anna Grummitt | 11/07/2023

Anna Grummitt shares a personal story to counter recent claims that working from home is selfish and even immoral.

Stumped

By Simon Smart | 04/07/2023

Simon Smart weighs in (with some imagined possibilities) on Jonny Bairstow’s controversial stumping in the second Ashes test match.

The 357 secrets to happiness

By Barney Zwartz | 28/06/2023

Barney Zwartz on what having 357 tabs open on the computer might reveal about the basic human desire for security.

A sense of belonging

By Max Jeganathan | 20/06/2023

On World Refugee Day, Max Jeganathan watches the Ashes, and reflects on the universal desire to feel a sense of belonging.

Baptists and Missionaries

By Tim Costello | 06/06/2023

Tim Costello returns to his old school, discovers the reason it was founded, and reflects on the legacy of its namesake: William Carey.

Sleeping Beauty

By Natasha Moore | 02/06/2023

Natasha Moore reflects on the incredible work that is taking place around Australia to reawaken ‘sleeping’ Indigenous languages.

Vale Tim Keller

By Anna Grummitt | 23/05/2023

Anna Grummitt reflects on Tim Keller’s impact on her own life – and also how he is remembered by those who weren’t in his camp. 

Time to panic?

By Simon Smart | 17/05/2023

Simon Smart on why he sees parallels between rapid advances in modern technologies (especially AI) and the ancient Tower of Babel story.

Budget, smudge-it

By Barney Zwartz | 10/05/2023

Writing the day after Budget night, Barney Zwartz argues that we need a broader perspective than Budget “winners” and “losers”. 

The King and I

By Max Jeganathan | 02/05/2023

In the lead-up to Charles’ coronation this weekend, Max Jeganathan reflects on what he and the King have in common.