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: Why should I read the Bible?
Rev. Dr. Rock Schuler: The Bible is a living document that conveys to us the ongoing presence of God in the world. It helps us learn how to see the presence of God in the world and it literally brings to us God's presence in our life. Yes, it's an interesting historical document. It can be an interesting, intellectual exercise to understand its history in the like. But we should read it because it's a living document, because it is full of life and because most importantly, it imparts life. When we approach it prayerfully with an open heart, it has the ability to strengthen us in times of need, to enhance our joy in times of celebration, to show us the meaning and purpose in the context of our life that we are destined for our life greater than just earthly existence and that what happens to us in this life is not the end of our life and that our memories cannot constrain our life, but rather we are free to be everything God calls us to be. Most importantly, we should read the Bible because it shows us God's unrelenting love for us, his unrelenting pursuit of us, the dignity with which he created us and the love in which he holds us.