Rock SchulerRock Schuler is the Rector (Pastor) of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Olney, Maryland. He has served as an ordained minister of the Episcopal Church since 1990 after studying for the priesthood at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He was awarded a Doctorate of Ministry in Congregational Development in 2002. In the course of his ministry, Rock has served on an Indian Reservation, in rural Wyoming, and in major suburban areas. In addition to pastoring the people of his congregation, he has been involved in community service projects to serve the homeless, refugees, and the addicted. He’s also been involved in international outreach projects in Latin America and Africa. Rock’s spiritual roots lie in the early Christian Church, in Native American spirituality, in the liturgical worship and traditions of the Episcopal Church, and most especially in his own personal relationship with the living Lord Jesus Christ. He appreciates the mystery and mysticism of the Christian faith while offering thanks for a lifelong and joyous love of Jesus. Rock, born in 1965, is from Wyoming, where he served his first two churches. He is married to Jennifer, whom he met while serving a parish outside of Philadelphia, and has two beautiful daughters, Leia and Rebecca. Rock is into science fiction and fantasy (especially "Battlestar Galactica," "Star Trek," "Lost," and "The Lord of the Rings"), movies, reading, kayaking/canoeing, hiking, and running.
Host: Does God dictate my every decision?
Rev. Dr. Rock Schuler: I believe that God gives us great freedom of will which means that God does not dictate our every decision. I do believe that God desires us on the whole to follow the way of love, the way of giving as opposed to the way of selfishness, the way of hoarding. So I believe that we will often be confronted with different choices throughout life and we will be able to choose the way of love, the way of giving and yet, within the context of that broad choice we may have many options any one of which would be acceptable to God. On the whole, God wants us to act in unselfish, giving, loving ways to follow the pattern that he sets forth in the life of his son. Many options will exist for us in life, many choices available to us and God maybe fine with those as long as we choose the path that is loving and giving.