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Dan Ko

Dan was born and raised in Chicago, but his heart and soul are buried deep in Boston soil. Unfortunately, his sports allegiances didn’t make the transition with him and he’s still patiently waiting for a world series under the lights at Wrigley Field. He not only loves Chicago sports, but he also enjoys rugged hip-hop, good food, and anything creative. He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He hit the marriage lottery with his wife Caroline, and they love hanging with their son, Ezra, and their daughter, Addis. Following God’s call, the Ko’s are planting a church in one of the most diverse cities in the Bay State, Malden, a city just north of Boston.

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I Don't Wanna Grow Up

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 5, 2015 7:58:00 AM / by Dan Ko posted in Christian-living

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In the church, being youthful doesn’t always seem like a noble aspiration. After all, christian maturity is often expressed in terms like wisdom, discernment, and perseverance. We call the mature disciples in the church, saints. Plus, a healthy marriage and family are often touted as the pinnacle of Christian success. Obviously there’s nothing wrong with any of these things and they’re definitely worth our pursuit, but could all of this talk be at the detriment of promoting a youthful wonder in the church?

Here’s what I mean. Remember when you were in first grade and the thing that captured your mind for weeks was the brilliance of ants and ant colonies? You were dumbfounded how tiny creatures like ants could build vast empires underground with a clear government and distribution of roles. Or maybe you didn’t like dirt, so you spent months voraciously devouring anything related to dinosaurs. Jurassic Park was your favorite movie and you couldn’t get to the library enough to check out all their dinosaur picture books. Maybe I’m alone here, but in my youth, my imagination and wonder was wild. I would make the biggest deal about the littlest things, just because. Just because they were infinitely interesting and I couldn’t wrap my tiny mind around it.

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Top 10 Life-Shaping Books…thus far

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 26, 2015 8:38:00 AM / by Dan Ko

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We read a lot of garbage these days. Judging from the New York Times Best-Seller List, America consumes romance, fictional thrillers, & self-betterment books like it’s going out of style. In my short years of reading and learning from the hard work of the authors that write the books, I’ve come across both garbage and precious stones. I’d like to say that each of these books are life-shaping in one way or another, but I thought I’d compile a short list of books that have changed my perspective on life and most importantly, shaped my thoughts about God. I don’t want to bore you with my thoughts on each and every book, but I hope at least the list can serve you well in exploring a bit further those books that I’ve found to be diamonds in the rough.

these are in no particular order

  1. Desiring God by John Piper
  2. The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
  3. The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
  4. Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis
  5. Kingdom Prologue by Meredith Kline
  6. Simply Christian by N.T. Wright
  7. Revolution in World Mission by K.P. Yohannan
  8. A Hunger for God by John Piper
  9. The Next Evangelicalism by Soong-Chan Rah
  10. The Confessions by Augustine
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Overcoming Disbelief in Your Missional Living

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 12, 2015 11:20:00 AM / by Dan Ko posted in Missional Living

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There’s a funny thing that happens in us that we may or may not realize. If we’re living with any sort of missional intentionality – if we’re desiring God to use us by proclaiming his Gospel with word and deed so that others would come to know Jesus – we’ve all asked ourselves this inane question I’m about to pose. And if you haven’t, you’re a better saint then I (either that, or you’re lying and now the scales are back to even!).

“Can God save them?”

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