Tina Seelig’s Insight Out helps dreams come alive. Focusing on imagination, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurism she provides a step-by-step guidebook for dreamers who want to transform their ideas into a reality. Seelig uses a practical approach to help the reader advance their idea from imagination to implementation. This post will examine Seelig’s work and explore ways to enhance my dissertation research on resisting Satan and improve my armor of God coin artifact in ways that will help Evangelical congregants both understand and withstand the effects of spiritual warfare.
I used Bayard’s “non-read” techniques and Dr. Clark’s “drill” deep encouragement to find the ideas, data, and themes from Seelig’s book that resonate with me and my calling to be an armor of God bearer. Her experience in working with inmates gives her credibility and I value her principles, methods, and message about the creative impulse. Bigelow commends Seelig for her application of the “creative impulse” with both individuals and organizations and urges the inclusion of creativity as part of everyone’s “personal mindsets and values.”
I suppose the Armor of God challenge coin serves as a type of artifact for my dissertation research and is an example of Seelig’s “Invention Cycle.” In 2003 while serving in a warzone I was inspired to study 10 sermons by Ray Stedman on spiritual warfare. I read Scripture, studied books, listened to audio recordings, talked to theologians, and prayed for wisdom and discernment. Somewhere during my imagination phase I got the idea, probably from my military experiences, to create a challenge coin that would embody, embrace, and connect people to Paul’s “whole armor of God” principles in Ephesians. My idea, while original to the Holy Spirit, connects me to the supernatural creativity and metaphorical images of people wearing Christ, and Christ wearing people.
Putting on Christ metaphorically is a spiritual innovation that advances belief into faith. I believe that God’s Son is incarnate, sinless, miraculous, crucified for my sins, defeated death, ascended into Heaven, and now sits at the right hand of God. Therefore, I can faithfully imagine a supernatural dimension and state of being where I wear the whole armor of God. I put on the six pieces of Roman armor that symbolizes Christ’s belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, and shoes of peace. In addition, taking Paul’s doctrinal ideas, hopes, and prayers to stand firm I intentionally take the shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and sword of the Spirit. Now, I am prepared to understand and withstand any spiritual challenge of the day.
Military heritage and history notes that challenge coins were used for personal identification, unit membership, and an elite artifact that promoted allegiance, community, and patriotism. Seelig calls it entrepreneurship, but I say the imagination, creativity, and innovation of the armor of God coin was all of God and the Holy Spirit. In other words, I was personally compelled, urged, and so driven by the conviction that I took the armor of God idea and trusted God to design something tangible, reproducible, and transferable. The armor of God coin is not magic. It does not have any Jesus powder on it. You cannot rub it and make three wishes. It is not magical in the worldly sense but the message behind the coin has supernatural power in the Heavenly sense. The message behind the armor of God is Jesus Christ. When we wear Christ as our armor, we have power over death, over temptation, over addictions, over schemes, over the challenges that Christian’s face every day during their journey towards eternity.
I “get” Seelig and admire another dreamer whose passion, vision, and stick-to-itiveness inspires others toward action. I have not written a book, but I was determined to create an armor of God challenge coin, that turns out to be a vital and valuable artifact in my ministry and research on the problem of spiritual warfare. My step into entrepreneurship was to take Biblical truth and apply a form of Pink’s ethnography into a tangible, visual, tactile three-dimensional artifact that acts as both a practical tool and a supernatural checklist on how to resist Satan, survive the attacks of spiritual warfare, and win the day because of Christ’s victory over death and sin on the cross.
Parker’s article on Seelig highlights a personal challenge that I agree with, “the biggest obstacle is always our own attitude.” How true that is for me. I believe that having the right attitude coupled with a well-founded faith that God will accomplish what He said He will always wins the day. In summary, Seelig’s playbook and methodology is helpful and adaptable to my dissertation problem of understanding and withstanding the effects of spiritual warfare. For example, I can modify and apply her 5-step “observe-define-ideate-prototype-test” approach with the armor of God ministry. If I can integrate envisioning, experimenting, reframing and inspiration into my research I know my final outputs will glorify God and help Christian leaders train and equip their congregants to face the threat of spiritual warfare.
 Pierre Bayard. How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read. (Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2007) Kindle Edition, Location 247
. Jason Clark. Face to Face, LGP-8, Zoom Video Conference, 9 October.
 Deborah Bigelow. “Self-Help.” Library Journal 137, no. 9 (2012): 92, N/a.
 Tina L. Seelig. Insight out: Get Ideas out of Your Head and into the World. First ed. (New York: HarperOne, 2015) 8.
 Ray C. Stedman. Spiritual Warfare: How to Stand Firm in the Faith. (Discovery House, Grand Rapids, MI, 2011).
 Eph. 6:10-18.
 Sarah Pink. Doing Visual Ethnography. (London: Sage Publications, 2013) 18.
 Clifford Parker. “ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS DEPENDS ON ACTIONS, ATTITUDES AND PRACTICE, STANFORD EXPERT SAYS.” States News Service, 2015, 1.