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: How do I live out God's purpose for me?
Rev. Dr. Rock Schuler: Throughout life, there will be many forces pulling at us. Some are pulling us toward God's purpose for us and some are pulling us away from God's purpose for us. Materialism for instance, is one force in our culture that is particularly strong that tends to pull us away from God's purpose for us. When we achieve great material wealth, we find that this promise is often being bankrupt and empty. We don't have that sense of fulfillment, satisfaction, happiness and joy that we thought material wealth would bring to us. So we looked for other things that might be pulling us toward God's purpose for us. The great paradox though is that when we seek to gain a life for ourselves, it slips away through our fingers. But when we seek to give our life away, we find how much we have gained life. Many of us have had experiences were we have loved another person or we have given a part of ourselves to help another person. We feel such a sense of satisfaction and reward. In the big picture, this is how God wants us to feel all the time. This is why Jesus said, Those who lose their life will gain it. This is why their crucification results in resurrection. So the way to find God's purpose for us, look for the unselfish giving path before you and that's where God's purpose is going to lie.