The Vision of the TEI Cohort (teicohort.org)
The Mission of the Gospel to the Whole Culture
John C. Rankin
[With the passing of my youngest son into eternal life on January 24, 2020 (see jeremyrankin.com), and as my soul gradually recovers, I will walk through the rest of my years gently and with a gaping hole in my heart, but also with greater firmness in advancing the Gospel into a deeply broken world.]
The Zoom Meeting schedule is changing to three times per week:
- Monday evenings, 8-9:15 (EDT): TEI Classes: The Mission Field of Politics: Genesis 1-19. Go to www.zoom.us and click on Join a Meeting (at upper right); the Meeting I.D. is #950-213-618 and the password is #200955.
- Tuesday evenings beginning June 8: Tangible Politics …
- Saturday mornings, 8-9:15: Open-Ended Conversations: Go to www.zoom.us and click on Join a Meeting (at upper right); the Meeting I.D. is # 469-885-376 and the password is #315311.
The vision of the TEI Cohort is below, transformative and most doable with the proper theological foundation.
- There is no financial threshold required for membership in the TEI Cohort, only an embrace of its vision. For those able, we simply ask for generous support as the grace of God leads you (click here). Thank you!
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 any others else who affirm the biblical definition of marriage, trust and liberty for the well-bring of the social order, are 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 the following initiatives. Some are in place, and some await the right season, resources and people. It is through engagement in the mission field of politics and political culture that all else is energized. TEI members can participate at any chosen level.
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] Theological Education: The TEI Orchestra and Sacred Choir (teiorchestra.org), classical worship with a missionary trajectory.
6] Political: The Emancipation Party (.us).
7] Political: The TEI Pro-Life Coalition (teiprolife.org).
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, undergirds all endeavors in building the kingdom of God in religious, political and economic contexts.