Online Portfolio

West Michigan Christian News

From November 2010, to Jan 2014, my articles have appeared in the online and print editions of the West Michigan Christian News (WMCN). A local newspaper, the publisher of the WMCN connected with Word Weavers West Michigan in the Fall of 2010.  Links to many of my articles are located here on my Portfolio Page.

The Honor Academy Parents’ Blog

In 2009 and 2010 one of my sons attended a ministry internship with the Teen Mania Ministry Honor Academy. After his graduation, I became aware of a group of former students who had undertaken a campaign to slander the ministry and the work they’re doing. Jesus said to overcome evil with good, so when I pitched the idea of a blog for parents to talk about the good things the ministry is doing in the lives of their kids, the ministry bought in. Honor Academy Parents Blog.

A Parent’s Response to the Recovering Alumni Bloggers, Pt.1

Cults, Culture and Unfounded Allegations

The Duncan’s Shallow Evaluation

So What is a Cult?

Equal Time?

Invited In, Part 1

Invited In, Part 2

Feet and Seats

Cults, Acceptance and Approval

Acceptance, Approval and Eternal Security

Salvation is Free, but . . .

External Structure or Authoritarian Abuse?

Honor Academy Blog

The Honor Academy is an internship for young adults who want to learn to hear God’s voice and find their place in his will in the world. Honor Academy interns are challenged to apply God’s Word to every area of their lives while they learn and practice spiritual disciplines and spiritual leadership. In 2012, I wrote an eight-piece series of blog posts to challenge their students to apply their faith to political and national policies (

Ps. 33.12 Says: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD;
and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

Our founding fathers had a deep faith in God, and they applied their faith to government, leadership, and national policy.  Their goal was to prevent government from interfering in the lives of its citizens and to restrain the power centers of church and state from merging, or trying to control one another. They based their efforts on the belief that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed (or given) by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”  (US Declaration of Independence). They witnessed across England and Europe that when government gains too much power, it unavoidably interferes with God’s gifts, rights which are individually possessed by every man.

In a series of short articles, I stirred the conversation in young people about how Christians, who want to see God’s hand of providence in the course of our nation, must work as responsible, engaged citizens to influence our country by His principles and defend it against those who have alternate agendas.

Local News and Events from a Christ-Centered Worldview

The is a hyper-local, citizen-journalism news outlet for Grand Rapids, MI, and its immediate surrounding neighborhoods and townships. Starting in 2012, I’ve written and posted news articles from an intentionally Christian worldview. My author page and growing list of articles are located here:

Timothy Burns on The

Informative Articles Posted on

eHow is one of the world’s largest information portals. Articles posted there are well researched, informative, and to-the-point. From 2009 to 2011, I wrote nearly 800 articles for this information repository. Differing from Wikipedia, eHow articles are fact checked and edited before going live. These articles focus on “how to” complete specific tasks or give the reader an umbrella view of the article’s central topic. Writers get a chance to improve their craft and earn a bit of money as a freelancer.