The Vision of the TEI Cohort (teicohort.org)
Changing the Whole Culture through the Biblical Power of Good Questions
John C. Rankin (May 2018)
Membership in the TEI Cohort is through voluntary donations — whether through a one-time gift or monthly support (teidonate.org). Thank you!
In Genesis 1-2 there are eleven positive assumptions that interpret the Bible and life, all rooted in the trust of God and neighbor. Genesis 3 introduces broken trust, and then the promise to restore trust to a broken world. All pagan religion and secular constructs start with broken trust and never overcome it. This I write about in various books, most thoroughly in the textbook, Genesis and the Power of True Assumptions (Second Edition) available at johnrankinbooks.com.
The TEI Cohort seeks to invest trust in a broken world for the well-being of all people.
- Theological education is the basis for the whole vision, and a biblical pro-life strategy is the leverage point to get it underway.
1] Click here for the TEI Pro-Life Coalition and its agenda to win an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Equal Protection for Women and Their Unborn.
2] The TEI International Leadership School (teiischool.org) is the foundation, where dozens of classes cover: 1) the interpretive leverage of Genesis 1-3, with due focus on issues of religious, political and economic freedom as they arise; 2) its application to the entire Bible while always aiming at the hardest questions that Jewish and Christian history has wrestled with; 3) its application to church history, seeing where the church has been faithful or unfaithful to Genesis 1-3, and what we can learn accordingly; and 4) its application to all world religions and philosophies, as they compare with the realities in Genesis 1-3, and thus, how we honor the image of God in all people equally.
3] The Mars Hill Forum series (marshillforums.org) is a cornerstone reality in the history of the TEI, and along with cognate endeavors, pursues honest communication across the cultural barricades with any and all who question the trustworthiness of the Bible.
4] A Church for Questions (.org) is a vision for a Saturday night church that serves the larger church in giving hospitality to any and all questions of skeptics, unbelievers and lapsed believers, with the goal to point them toward a local church.
5] The Pre-Partisan Caucus (prepartisan.org) is the political foundation to advance religious, political and economic freedom for all people equally, through the creation of a level playing field for all partisans to be equally heard.
6] Men at the Table (menatthetable.org): An Internet television show: Where Men Talk About Being Men in a Culture of Toxic Sexuality.
7] The TEI Orchestra and Sacred Choir (teiorchestra.org) envisions a unique integration between classical Christian hymns (along with modern hymns that have classical potential), with theological content being always profiled.
8] Regular media and social media, in service to the TEI vision, includes a unique and dynamic alternative to Facebook (teifaces.org).
9] The TEI Publishing House (teipublishinghouse.com), begins with John Rankin’s books, other material, and in time, other authors.
10] TEI Care (teicare.org) is a radically biblical alternative to the health insurance industry, able to cover all people with the greatest comprehensive means, inclusion and charity; with the greatest quality, with the most modest costs, and all because of radical presuppositions drawn from Genesis 1-2.
11] The TEI Bank (teibank.com) is rooted in biblical simplicity, transparency and trust, with economic cognates that will prosper all members well.
12] TEI Jubilee (teijubilee.org) is a biblically structured strategy to see debt release for all Christians and other interested persons, even in this pluralistic age.
13] The Network of Covenant Islands (covenantislands.org), radically rooted in Genesis 1-2, can transform third world and second world economies from the grassroots, and also the inner cities and rural zones of entrenched poverty in the first world.
14] TEI Refuge (teirefuge.org) is an economic cognate that serves the greatest possible reduction of the prison population, serving genuine reintegration into a healthy social order.
15] Jesus, in the Face of His Enemies (book by John Rankin) can be made into a Passover Week film (jfemovie.org); and eventually the whole Bible can be put on film pace the theological foundations of the TEI.
16] The TEI Logo – in its theological integrity – becomes trusted in all endeavors, and in time worth billions, able also to create many businesses, all for the sake of building the kingdom of God. Investors welcome.