Inflation. Stagnant wages. Spiraling costs of living. Even in the world’s wealthiest nation, it is too hard to earn enough money to thrive without tremendous privilege or luck. When so many people are struggling, what can we do? The Wages of Peace offers an empathetic, informed perspective on today’s economy and the difficulty of getting by. Reporting back from his work in community development, Brian Humphreys unpacks the core needs of low-income households and communities, starting with living-wage jobs. He offers practical steps for how the church can address complex socioeconomic challenges and equips aspiring peacemakers to talk about money, work, and well-being. This includes confronting where our theologies of wealth and work have come up short—when we put profits over people, we pay the price in despair and violence. Jesus calls us to seek shalom in the marketplace and neighborhood. It’s time to dismantle inequality and work for an equitable peace.
1. Blessed Are the Peacemakers 2. DevouredHouses 3. The Golden Calf Bull 4. The Planks in Our Eyes 5. The Resilient Peacemaker 6. Local Peacemaking 7. National Peacemaking 8. Tentmaking: How to Fund Peacemaking 9. Greater Things Than These
Brian Humphreys is a community economic development professional who is passionate about enhancing local churches’ capacity to love their neighbors. He first trained to be a missionary pilot, but soon became aware of the growing struggle for households to attain living-wage jobs. He is both an academic and a practitioner, executing projects in the community while training the next generation of Christian leaders and servants. Brian cares deeply about the intersection of Christian peacemaking and the global challenge of economic inequality. He is the director and chair of the School of Global Studies at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington.