Author Archives: Bryan Hodge

About Bryan Hodge

I am a minister and missionary to numerous countries around the world.

Denominations: Methodist/Wesleyan Church (Part 1)

Ascertaining accurate total numbers is difficult.  The Methodist church is greatly divided.  There are 23 separate Methodist bodies in the U.S. alone (Frank S. Mead and Samuel S. Hill, Handbook of Denominations, p. 159).  “The World Methodist Council is made … Continue reading

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The Truly Wise

“Who is wise and understanding among you?  Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom” (James 3:13). The truly wise demonstrate their wisdom in two ways.  (1) They demonstrate it by good … Continue reading

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7 Spiritual Tests

The book of 1 John was written for four stated purposes: (1) “that your joy may be full” (1:4); (2) “so that you may not sin” (2:1); (3) “concerning those who try to deceive you” (2:26); (4) “that you may … Continue reading

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Denominations: The Religious Society of Friends

The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) numbered about 380,000 worldwide in 2017 (New Worldwide Quaker Map Released, Friendsjournal.org).  There were about 76,000 friends (Quakers) in the U.S.A. in 2012 (Worldwide Distribution of Quakers 2012, quakerinfo.com).  About 52% were located in … Continue reading

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Denominations: Baptist Church (Part 2)

Name There are different ideas which have been set forth for the origin of the name Baptist.  (1) A few Baptists claim that the name is God-given.  It was given to John because of his mission.  Also, it is the … Continue reading

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Denominations: Baptist Church (Part 1)

Ascertaining accurate total numbers is difficult.  The Baptist church is greatly divided.  The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) indicates that their fellowship of 241 conventions and unions, in 126 countries and territories, comprised 47 million baptized believers in 2020 (members unions, … Continue reading

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The Sound of Sneezing

The sound one makes when sneezing is natural, and involuntary.  Correct? The answer is not exactly.  The sound one makes seems to be in large part a learned behavior.  The sound emitted is different around the world.  Achoo is common … Continue reading

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Denominations: Congregational Church/United Church of Christ

At the beginning of the 21st century, there were about 2.4 million Congregationalists worldwide (congregationalism, britannica.com).  There are about 802 thousand members of the United Church of Christ in the U.S.A. (2020 Statistical Report, ucc.org).  The top states for UCC … Continue reading

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Climate Change, an Existential Threat?

Let’s define the terms.  Climate refers to the long-term weather conditions.  “Weather refers to short-term conditions of the atmosphere while climate is the average daily weather for an extended period of time at a certain location… weather is what you … Continue reading

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Denominations: Reformed/Presbyterian Church (Part 2)

Name The name “Reformed Church” has its origin in the reformation.  “Originally, all of the Reformation churches used this name (or the name Evangelical) to distinguish themselves from the “unreformed” or unchanged, Roman Catholic Church.  After the great controversy among … Continue reading

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