[February 10, 2018: Please pardon the website — after a technological upgrade, many of the headings, margins, fonts and links are awry or broken. A new website template is also being constructed, and hopefully all will be in order in the not to distant future.]
Welcome to teii.org, home of the TEI International, founded by John C. Rankin in 1986. Contact the TEI and/or sign-up for the TEI Update emails. Also, see johnrankinbooks.com, John’s speaking schedule, Twitter: @revjohnrankin, his blog at johnrankin.org, and teicohort.org (to your right) for the full vision. The twelve icons below each focus on a given subject or subjects.
The mission of the TEI is rooted in the reality of creation, sin and redemption defined in Genesis 1-3, being interpretive for the whole Bible and all of life. In particular, the mission is to advance religious, political and economic freedom for all people equally, in the Name of Jesus.
1. In the biblical order of creation, Yahweh Elohim defines the freedom of the original level playing field for man and woman. They are free to choose between good and evil, freedom and slavery, and life and death. In so doing, the evil one is given the radical opportunity to make his case, indeed, to be deceptive in the process.
2. Freedom originates in the nature of Yahweh Elohim, the one true, sovereign and entirely good Creator, and where freedom is the power to do the good. Men and women are made in his image, and thus, in doing the good, we are always free to continue doing the good; but, if we do evil, we only become slaves to further evil. Freedom and goodness by definition cannot be imposed, for to do so is an oxymoron. In other words, unless we are truly free to say no to the one true Creator, we are not fully free to say yes — the radical nature of the original level playing field. And thus, in the end, as good conquers evil, so too, freedom conquer slavery.
3. In a political world full of distrust, the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah proactively seeks to recreate the level playing field, and this involves an aggressive hospitality to all questions and dissenting opinions. Indeed, in seeking to delineate between good and evil, freedom and slavery, life and death, the power to love hard questions is central to a lived freedom. Accordingly, with such a level playing field in place, goodness, truth and beauty will always rise to the top. See prepartisan.org.