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.


Longing for home

By Simon Smart | 09/11/2022

Simon Smart delights in the beauty and tenderness of the 2022 film, A Quiet Girl.

Under one roof

By Anna Grummitt | 01/11/2022

Anna Grummitt reflects on the surprising joys of living with her in-laws for months – and the enduring value of in-person relationships.

All Hallows’ Eve

By Natasha Moore | 28/10/2022

Natasha Moore on how behind the festivities of Halloween, the night reminds us that there is both much to fear, and more to hope.

Good dominion

By Justine Toh | 18/10/2022

Justine Toh shares why she’s optimistic about the Albanese government’s proposed new parental leave scheme.

God knows my name

By Barney Zwartz | 14/10/2022

Barney Zwartz reflects on the miracle of being both fully known, and completely and unconditionally loved by God.

Public safety, human flourishing

By Simon Smart | 06/10/2022

Simon Smart weighs in on the Andrew Thorburn saga, and the questions it raises about the kind of society we want to become.


By Eliot Kern | 27/09/2022

Eliot Kern reflects on biting his fingernails, a honeymoon in Fiji, and where we can find true rest for our souls.

Caring for the Queen

By Simon Smart | 16/09/2022

Simon Smart recounts his conversation with the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Chaplain in Scotland, John Swinton.

The kings (and queens) of the earth

By Natasha Moore | 09/09/2022

Natasha reads a psalm about monarchs and nations, and reflects on the life and death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Burden of Care

By Emma Wilkins | 06/09/2022

Emma Wilkins reflects on the term “burden of care” – and encourages a more expansive view that sees care as an honour and a way of life.

How long do you spend on your phone each day?

By Justine Toh | 28/08/2022

Justine Toh gapes at screen-time estimates across different generations – and reflects on insights from Andy Crouch on technology.

The Word

By Barney Zwartz | 24/08/2022

Barney Zwartz on how much he loves libraries, books, and words – and how they point him to an even greater Word.