Lunchtime Links: January 21, 2010

Mark Driscoll, the pastor of Seattle’s Mars Hill Church known in part for his frank sermons on sex, pornography and prostitution, has seen the child sex trade alive and well in the ruins of Port-au-Prince. He said he witnessed he young girls being bought and sold outside a tent city by middle-aged American men posing as relief workers.

U.S. government and military officials are pushing back against criticism that relief efforts responding to the earthquake in Haiti have been uneven and to disorganized.

Looking to build on the success of “The Passion of the Christ,” independent filmmaker Bill McKay is planning to being shooting in July for “The Resurrection of Christ” with a planned release date around Easter 2011. Scribe Dan Gordan (“The Hurricane,” “Murder in the First”) is penning the screenplay with a focus on the power, greed and ambition of those involved in the crucifixion — Pontius Pilate, Herod, Caiaphas and Judas.

In the wake of Republican Scott Brown’s win the Massachusetts Senate special election, President Obama is contemplating working with Congress on a trimmed-down version of health care legislation with increased policy pushes regarding the economy and job creation.

Conan O’Brien is officially on his way out the door at NBC. Early today O’Brien signed a deal which will pay him $32 million and his staff $12 million to surrender “The Tonight Show” back to Jay Leno. Part of the deal is that O’Brien will have to stay off the air for several months before possibly re-emerging elsewhere on television. Rumors have been rampant that O’Brien may jumpstart an entry by Fox Television into the late-night talk show wars.

The New York Jets enter Sunday’s AFC Championship game at Indianapolis riding the arm of rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez. Nonetheless, it is clearly their ability to pressure and confuse Colts MVP quarterback Peyton Manning that will give them a chance at pulling off another upset and advancing to the Super Bowl.

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