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

Losing well

By Simon Smart | 28/03/2023

Simon Smart reflects on Dominic Perrottet’s concession speech after the NSW election – and why we value losing with dignity and grace.

War of words

By Natasha Moore | 24/03/2023

Natasha Moore on the challenge of defining terms like “culture wars”, and the importance of generosity towards those we attempt to describe.

Down but not out

By Barney Zwartz | 21/03/2023

Barney Zwartz reflects on the life of his late son Sam – and the joy he brought to all who met him – for World Down Syndrome Day.

The birds and the cost of living

By Max Jeganathan | 14/03/2023

Max Jeganathan on how Jesus’ invitation to “consider the birds” might help us cope with the rising cost of living.

Christians respond to The Joke

By Justine Toh | 07/03/2023

Justine Toh on Chris Rock’s response to The Slap, Christians’ response to The Joke on The Project, and how to respond when insulted.

Power and responsibility in Tár

By Barney Zwartz | 01/03/2023

Barney Zwartz watches the new film Tár, and reflects on what it teaches about the dangers of power, and about moral responsibility.

Lent: Lifehack, or something more?

By Anna Grummitt | 21/02/2023

Anna Grummitt eats pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, ponders the recent comeback of Lent, and considers what these 40 days are all about.

Not how it’s supposed to be

By Simon Smart | 10/02/2023

Simon Smart on the recent earthquake in Türkiye and Syria, the problem of suffering, and the vision of hope found in the Bible.

Is spirituality back?

By Natasha Moore | 31/01/2023

Natasha Moore ponders the attention given to spiritual experience in Heather Rose’s memoir – and the spiritual themes in many recent books.

A thank you note from an Aussie refugee

By Max Jeganathan | 26/01/2023

Max Jeganathan ponders the complexities of Australia Day from a unique vantage point, having arrived here as a refugee in 1984.

“The Truth”

By Clare Potts | 11/01/2023

In light of the media storm around Prince Harry’s new memoir Spare, Clare Potts asks: What do you do when you’ve been wronged?

A Different Christmas

By Clare Potts | 20/12/2022

Clare Potts writes about how cancer has changed her family this Christmas.