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.


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.

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.