The Vision of the TEI Cohort (teicohort.org)
John C. Rankin (January 2018)
Membership in the TEI Cohort is through voluntary donations — whether with a one-time gift, periodic gifts, 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 construct starts 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
The TEI Cohort seeks to invest trust in a broken world for the well-being of all people.
1] 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 liberty 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.
These classes, along with certain Mars Hill Forums (marshillforums.org) and other events, will be filmed and made available online to all TEI Cohort members. The classes will be taught live, then uploaded to the member side (yet to be created) of the TEI website.
2] The Mars Hill Forum series is a cornerstone reality in the history of the TEI, and along cognate endeavors, pursues honest communication across the cultural barricades with any and all who question the trustworthiness of the Bible.
3] The Pre-Partisan Caucus (prepartisan.org) is the political foundation to advance religious, political and economic liberty for all people equally, through the creation of a level playing field for all partisans to be equally heard.
4] 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.
5] Regular media and social media, in service to the TEI vision, includes a unique and dynamic alternative to Facebook (teifaces.org).
6] The TEI Publishing House (teipublishinghouse.com), beginning with John Rankin’s books, other material, and in time, other authors.
7] 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.
8] The TEI Bank (teibank.com) is rooted in biblical simplicity, transparency and trust, with economic cognates that will prosper all members well.
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.
9] 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.
TEI Refuge (teirefuge.org) is an economic cognate that serves the greatest possible reduction of the prison population, serving genuine reintegration into a heathy social order.
10] 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.
11] 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.