Lunchtime Links: December 30, 2009

North Korea said on Tuesday it had detained a U.S. citizen who entered its territory, apparently confirming a report that an American activist crossed into the state to raise awareness about Pyongyang’s human rights abuses. The Korean-American told Reuters ahead of the crossing that it was his duty as a Christian to make the journey and that he was carrying a letter calling on North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to step down.

An Alabama pastor shares tips and thoughts about to make every day like Christmas in terms of significance to the development of faith.

The father of terrorism suspect Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab talked about his son’s extremist views with someone from the CIA and a report was prepared, but the report was not circulated outside the agency, CNN reported. If that report had made it out of the CIA, AbdulMutallab would have more likely been stopped before boarding the Northwest Airlines flight he is charged with attempting to destroy.

A successful year for Hollywood is wrapping up as box office receipts set an annual record of more than $10 billion. It was done, too, without a great deal of high-profile stars. The top grossing film was “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will leave his familiar spot over center for the Gators following the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. Ministry is a certainty in Tebow’s future regardless of how long his NFL career lasts. Former Florida QB and 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel has set an example with his own mission work.

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