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Twice 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 and Friday on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Musings from Melbourne

By Barney Zwartz | 17/02/2021

Barney Zwartz describes his experience of Melbourne’s recent five-day lockdown.

Preachers behaving badly

By Justine Toh | 12/02/2021

Justine Toh reflects on the abuse scandal concerning Ravi Zacharias, and allegations of abusive behaviour against Joss Whedon.

Remembering and being remembered

By Mark Stephens | 09/02/2021

Mark Stephens on memory, being remembered, and our sense of self.

A grace too powerful to name

By Anna Grummitt | 05/02/2021

On the anniversary of the tragic death of the Abdallah children, Anna Grummitt ponders what could lead a family to such profound forgiveness.

A Test of Character

By Simon Smart | 02/02/2021

Forty years on from Trevor Chappell’s infamous underarm bowl, Simon Smart reflects on the importance of integrity and fairness.

“God wills it”

By Natasha Moore | 29/01/2021

Natasha Moore on the Crusades, the burning cross in the Grampians, the Capitol insurrection – and the danger of claiming God’s will as your own.

A Day of Mourning

By Tim Costello | 26/01/2021

Tim Costello ponders the complexities of January 26, and whether there’s something to be gained by changing the date of Australia Day.

“In thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light”

By Tim Costello | 22/12/2020

Tim Costello reflects on the town of Bethlehem, the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the light that gives him hope in times of waiting.

“Pa rum pum pum pum”

By Richard Shumack | 18/12/2020

Richard Shumack explains why he loves the carol The Little Drummer Boy, despite the fact that most of its lyrics are ‘rum pum pum pum’.

“The world turned upside down”

By Justine Toh | 15/12/2020

Justine Toh shares why she thinks a line from Yorktown (in the musical Hamilton) might as well be from a Christmas carol.

“The hopes and fears of all the years”

By Simon Smart | 11/12/2020

Simon Smart gets nostalgic for Christmas in the snow in Canada, and reflects on the enduring hope of the Christmas story.

“The world in solemn stillness lay”

By Anna Grummitt | 08/12/2020

Anna Grummitt reflects on the stillness of a world in lockdown – and the parallels with that first Christmas.