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.


Morality is back

By Richard Shumack | 04/09/2020

Richard Shumack on why he’s glad that after a long break, objective morality is back.

Lessons from “Boys State”

By Mark Stephens | 01/09/2020

Mark Stephens on the award-winning documentary “Boys State”, and the importance of being willing to lose with and for your principles.

Addicted to the news

By Barney Zwartz | 28/08/2020

Barney Zwartz reflects on how the current pandemic has magnified his obsession with the news, and how this addiction comes at a cost.

On rhythms and rituals

By Justine Toh | 25/08/2020

Justine Toh on her longing for liturgy in a year when all rhythms have been disrupted by COVID-19.

The “audacity” of hope

By Mark Stephens | 21/08/2020

Mark Stephens ponders whether our large hopes for big solutions to global problems might be pointers towards transcendence.


By Tim Costello | 18/08/2020

Tim Costello shares about the importance of focusing our attention on the pandemic’s impact on the world’s most vulnerable.

The Worst Year Ever?

By Natasha Moore | 14/08/2020

Natasha Moore reflects on the pessimism and apocalypticism of our times, and the value of stubbornly clinging to hope.

The first stone

By Simon Smart | 11/08/2020

Simon Smart ponders “unconscious bias” towards Indigenous Australians, and how lives can be profoundly impacted by seminal moments.

The babies of Beirut

By Anna Grummitt | 07/08/2020

Anna Grummitt reflects on a photo of a nurse holding three newborn babies after the Beirut blast, and finding hope amidst tragedy.

Just tears

By Richard Shumack | 04/08/2020

Richard Shumack on the film ‘Just Mercy’, the human longing for justice, and the importance of “looking at the world through tears.”

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.