Author Archives: Bryan Hodge

About Bryan Hodge

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

Serving Only When it is Convenient

What would happen if the man-in-need scenario from the parable of the Good Samaritan were recreated?  How many would stop to help? John Darley and Daniel Batson, two Princeton University psychologists, conducted a study, in the early 1970’s.  Princeton Theological … Continue reading

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Eastern Religions: Shintoism and the Unification Church

These two religions are from the far east.  Shintoism is from Japan.  The Unification church (Moonies) is from Korea. Shintoism There are about 150 million followers of this religion in the world.  Most are in Japan (Shintoism, Number of Followers, … Continue reading

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Eastern Religions: Jainism and Sikhism

These two religions are from the subcontinent.  They are closely related to Hinduism, as is Buddhism. Jainism There are between 6 -7 million Jains in the world.  Most live in India.  There are about 80,000 in the U.S.A. (Countries with … Continue reading

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Eastern Religions: Zoroastrianism and Bahaism

These two religions are from Persia (Iran).  One is ancient.  One is of more recent origin. Zoroastrianism There are fewer than 200,000 followers of this religion in the world.  Most are in India, Pakistan, and Iran (Top Countries of the … Continue reading

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Halloween, Nike, Mazda, and Paganism

Many go “all out” for Halloween.  Houses are decorated.  Costumes are selected.  Candy is purchased.  Did you know that ¼ of all candy sold in the U.S is sold for Halloween?  (Halloween 2018- History, history.com).  Personally, I have never understood … Continue reading

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In The News: Brandt Jean (I Want to be More Like Him)

Botham Jean was fatally shot by Amber Guyger on the night of September 06, 2018.  It appears to have happened due to a tragic mistake.  Fatigued, and perhaps distracted, Guyger claims to have confused Jean’s fourth floor apartment for her … Continue reading

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Eastern Religions: Confucianism and Taoism

These two religions are from China.  They have their roots in the 6th century B.C. Confucianism There are between 5- 6 million followers of this religion in the world (World Religions by Number of Followers, Conservapedia.com).  Most are in China, … Continue reading

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