Lunchtime Links: January 4, 2010

Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren made a New Year’s plea to cover a $900,000 budget shortfall. Congregants of the Southern California megachurch responded with $2.4 million in last-minute contribution.

Brit Hume turned evangelist on Fox News Sunday, in a segment with panelists predicting the future for Tiger Woods. The retired news anchor relayed his own story of faith and its impact on his own life after his son’s suicide.

James Dobson is leaving as head of Focus on the Family but is starting a new non-profit with similar goals and will be hosting a radio show with his son Ryan. He is leaving Focus in February after founding the ministry 33 years ago.

Newark International Airport was a chaotic scene Sunday afternoon as a security breach forced thousands of passengers to be re-screened, including being pulled off planes. The incident happened at about 5:20 p.m. at Terminal C, when a man walked through an exit on the public side to the secure “sterile” side for passengers who had cleared screening, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The NFL playoffs are set. The New York Jets’ Sunday night rout of Cincinnati earned them the last wild-card playoff spot and earned them a rematch with Bengals in Cincy next Saturday, one of four playoff games scheduled for next weekend.

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