How to Make MOOCs Work
Looks like another educational revolution is biting the dust: MOOC provider Coursera…found that an average of just 4 percent of MOOC users actually completed the courses. The completion rate ranged from 2 percent to 14 percent…Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have relatively few active users, that user engagement falls off dramatically–especially after the first 1-2 weeks of a course–and that few users persist to the course end,” the study said.

Seven Standards of Good Writing
Want to writer better? Or read better? Barnabas Piper has some advice : “These seven standards combine into a whole. None can be removed and a piece of writing remain good. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, but maybe it will be helpful to you in your own reading and in conversation”

20 Most Important Counseling Books of 2013
Bob Kellemen is our reliable guide. (Here’s part two).

How God turns a French Atheist into a Christian Theologian (HT: Zach Neilsen)
This is a wonderful conversion story.

A Calvinist and a Fundamentalist Walk Into a Bar
I presume it was a New Calvinist, but anyway, Tim helps us find our particular area of spiritual weakness.

Defining our Vocation
This would be a good video for a youth group.

Kate Harris, executive director of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture, wants to change how we think about vocation. Since “vocation” is derived from the Latin word vox, which means “voice” or “vocal,” she says, we should think about it as “one’s entire life lived in response to God’s voice or call.” It’s more about who we are (identity) and whose we are (belonging) than about what we do.