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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.


“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.

“A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices”

By Natasha Moore | 04/12/2020

Natasha Moore ponders those moments in life when everything changes – we just don’t know it yet.

“Light and life to all he brings”

By Mark Stephens | 01/12/2020

Mark Stephens is a Christmas cynic, married to the world’s most Christmas-positive person. What would it take to choose joy over cynicism?

Chess can be beautiful

By Richard Shumack | 27/11/2020

Richard Shumack reflects on The Queen’s Gambit, and the moral beauty of chess.

A big toothy grin

By Barney Zwartz | 24/11/2020

Barney Zwartz on the joy of seeing smiles again as masks become optional in Melbourne.

Reputation Rehab

By Anna Grummitt | 20/11/2020

Anna Grummitt on Nick Kyrgios, public shaming, and seeing people as more than their worst moments.