When I started my blog, I was a wide-eyed, uber Pentecostal freshman in college, ready to change the world.
When searching for a blog title, I became inspired by the vision of God portrayed in Isaiah 6 — an infinitely present and powerful image of the divine. It’s still one of my favorite pictures of God, and Isaiah 6 still very much inspires me to see God’s presence in every aspect of my life.
Throughout the last three years of writing “The Train of His Robe,” I saw over and over again how God fills the whole temple of our lives. Nothing is off-limits.
I tried to demonstrate that in my writing. I talked about diverse topics including gender roles, doubt, mindfulness, cancer, virginity, Calvinism, systematic oppression, masculinity, church, and individuality.
My mission has changed so much over the years as I went from sharing evangelical devotions to travel anecdotes to thoughts on trending topics.
But now the time has come to transition once again. There are some difficulties I’ve experienced maintaining a faith-themed blog: one of which being the conservative pushback I was met with when I covered topics that readers deemed “unchristian,” like feminism or marriage equality.
I used not to feel confined to write about only “spiritual” topics because I saw the whole world as spiritual. But now I have begun to feel boxed in, and I want the freedom to speak about whatever inspires or irritates me.
I don’t want a solely Christian blog: I want a blog that represents all parts of me; although, the lens with which I view topics is generally faith-based.
Plus, post-grad Marsh knows something that freshman Marsh didn’t: I don’t ever want to claim to speak on behalf of God.
So after growing in my writing style and finding my voice over the past three years, it’s time to say goodbye to The Train of His Robe chapter of my story. Now I’m in the process of creating an all-new site to combine the professional and creative sides of me, including blog posts, portfolio projects, featured articles, and more.
I’m excited to announce that marshallpickard.com will launch this Thursday — July 23.
I will also be releasing a free e-book this fall to email subscribers of my new blog. “The God I Met Abroad” will be like a culmination of the messages I wanted to get across with The Train of His Robe project and will include memories from my three months in Europe.
I’m thrilled to make changes, to more accurately and authentically present myself to the world.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me over the last three years. Your kindness carries me forward.
I hope that I will see you over at my new site on Thursday as we begin this new adventure together.
Grace and peace, friends.
**Just a note of clarification in response to some questions I got: I’m not becoming a “secular” blogger (whatever that means”). I have no desire to produce clickbait or “10 reasons you should” lists.
I’m still producing similar, heartfelt content, just from outside a specific “faith blog” label. That niche was becoming a bit too constraining.
The whole message of The Train of His Robe was that the line between the sacred and secular is man-made. I’m just freeing myself up to talk unapologetically about all the areas I’m passionate about — whether that’s spiritual, political, emotional, cultural, etc.
I see God in and among all of that stuff. I think God cares about it all. I am still inviting God to walk alongside me every step of the way as I ask hard questions about the world around me.