The Vision of the TEI Cohort (teicohort.org)
The Mission of the Gospel to the Whole Culture
John C. Rankin (February, 2019)
The vision of the TEI Cohort is below, transformative and most doable with the proper theological foundation.
- Those who want to become members can join at a threshold of a one-time donation of $150.00 or more, and/or through a monthly online pledge (click here). Membership is the gateway to participation at many thresholds, as well as investment in various of the biblical economic initiatives below.
TEI Cohort Members affirm:
1] The Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and the New Testament are fully trustworthy in all they affirm.
2] The biblical order of creation (Genesis 1-2) establishes trust through the covenant of the marriage of one man and one woman for one life-time, and in parenthood. Accordingly, the building of a healthy, trustworthy and free society follows, and as Jesus explicitly ratifies.
3] The Tanakh and the New Testament intrinsically advance religious, political and economic liberty for all people equally.
4] This is a Christian initiative, and our Jewish friends, along with anyone else who affirms the biblical definition of marriage, trust and liberty for the well-bring of the social order, is welcome to join and participate as interested.
Wherever the Light is present, the darkness is dispelled — theologically, physically, ethically and spiritually. The Light of the world is Jesus, and he calls his disciples also to be the light. How well do we live in the Light? There are six major arenas in culture where self-assigned elitist power tramples the religious, political and economic freedoms for the rest of the social order: 1) government, 2) education, 3) media, 4) business, 5) science and 6) the arts (acronym = GEM + BSA). Top-down power is an idol pursued in these arenas. And there are two prior arenas where biblical Christians have their identity and focus: the family and the church. Most of us do our best to keep these two in good order, and yet, the elitist and demonic powers in the six cultural arenas oppose us fiercely. We are called by Jesus to be salt and light in the whole culture, so how do we go about it? This is the vision for the TEI Cohort.
Under the rubric of religious, political and economic liberty, and as they all interface as well, the TEI Cohort seeks to advance these initiatives:
- Religious Liberty:
1] Theological Education: The TEI International Leadership School [The Bible 101 and Political Theology 101] (teiclasses.org).
2] Theological Education: The Mars Hill Forum series (marshillforums.org).
3] Theological Education: Seminar: Spiritual Warfare in the Face of Political Evil (click on teipray.org); other seminars as well.
4] Theological Education: The TEI Publishing House (teipublishinghouse.com).
5] Ministry: The TEI Orchestra and Sacred Choir (teiorchestra.org), classical worship with a missionary trajectory.
6] Ministry: A Church for Questions (.org), a Saturday night vision for the whole church.
- Political Liberty:
7] Political: The Pre-Partisan Caucus (prepartisan.org), and cognate endeavors.
- Economic Liberty:
8] Business: A Biblical Alternative to Social Media: A Vision that Appeals to all People Who Seek to Love God and Neighbor.
9] Business: TEI Care (teicare.org) is a radically biblical alternative to the health insurance industry.
10] Business: The TEI Bank (teibank.com) is rooted in biblical simplicity, transparency and trust, with economic cognates that will prosper all members well.
11] Business: The Network of Covenant Islands (covenantislands.org), an economic epiphany that came in the night in Uganda.
12] Business: TEI Jubilee (teijubilee.org) is a biblically structured strategy to see debt release for all Christians and other interested persons.
13] Business: 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.
14] Business: 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.
15] Business: 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.