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First, let me say happy New Year. I hope that 2014 was successful and 2015 is even more rewarding.

1. Here is my post at the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics on what sorts of goals you should set for the New Year:

The chief end of our entire lives should be to glorify God and enjoy him forever. We do this by acknowledging God in all that we do (cf. Proverbs 3:6) and pursuing his glory in all that we do (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:31).

Being faithful as Christians is our ultimate goal, but to meaningfully pursue that grand vision we need to have discernable goals along the way. New Year’s resolutions can serve that purpose.

2. Tim Challies offers a prayer for the New Year:

Whatever may come in the year ahead, I pray that you would glorify yourself through me. In times of joy or sadness, in times of security or trial, in times of peace or temptation, make yourself known and make yourself great through me.

3. Scott McKnight recommends a new book Stylish Academic Writing:

Helen Sword, in her book Stylish Academic Writing, contends page after page that the two ought to be combined and that academics with a desire to be more stylish and elegant in their writing can do so.

So let’s start 2015 with this commitment: more stylish academic writing.

4. Over at Acton Institute, Joe Carter shows that most people waste their additional free time by watching--cooking shows:

For most of human history, the average person spent much of their day trying to produce enough food to survive. Even in the mid-1800s 90 percent of Americans were farmers.

But that was soon to change, and by the 1870 census farmers dropped to a minority at 47.7 percent of all employed persons.

5. Here is a pretty cool video (in my humble opinion) about a boat making school in Canada: