Speakers Bureau - Caleb Schewe

To schedule a presentation with Rev. Caleb Schewe contact him at 319.480.7427 or by e-mail at .

Rev. Schewe's presentations are intended for Grades 6, 7, and 8; high school; college; and adults. Preferred settings elementary, junior high, senior high school chapels classrooms; youth group events; college public forums; college group events; college classrooms; youth or teen Bible study class; adult Bible study class; preaching; church organizations; and public forums.

Bio

Rev. Caleb Schewe serves as pastor of St. John's Lutheran, Monticello, Iowa. He met his wife, Sarah, at Concordia Wisconsin, where he graduated in 2008 with a focus in pastoral ministry. He went on to Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, graduating in 2012. He and his wife have a daughter, Rachel, and a son, Luke. Rev. Schewe has a passion for defending life issues from the womb to the tomb as well as providing the comfort of Christ crucified for those broken in sin.

Possible topics include:

Abortion

  • Abortion procedures

  • Abortion facts and stats

  • Effects on women and men (PAS)

  • Fetal abnormalities

  • Post-abortion healing

  • The Church’s response

Biotechnologies

  • Assisted reproductive technologies

  • Embryonic stem cell research

  • Genetic engineering

  • Human cloning

  • In vitro fertilization

End-of-life issues

  • Hospice care

  • Life under the cross
  • Medical treatments (ventilators, feeding tubes, etc.)

  • Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia

Men, Women, and Relationships

  • Biblical manhood

  • Biblical womanhood

  • Chivalry and purity

  • Mentoring For Life

  • Roles of men and women

  • STD facts and stats

Society

  • Impacting today’s culture

  • Supporting women in unplanned pregnancies

Other topics

  • Adoption

  • Biblical bases for the value of human life

  • Creation

  • Persons with disabilities

  • Miscarriage and stillbirth

  • Perinatal hospice

  • Marriage

  • Homosexual temptation and the Church's response 

Read on for further information on the topics that Rev. Schewe would discuss:

Abortion: My goal is to get people to ask the question, “What are the unborn?” It is important to recognize the violence done to the unborn with any procedure. There is no “safe” abortion. The unborn are often aborted after they can feel pain, as evidenced by the testimony of a number of abortionists. What are the unborn? Embryology textbooks admit they are fully human from conception. Their size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency does not make them less human than those already born. Scripture makes it clear that the unborn are human, knitted together in the womb, known by God, and are among those for whom our Lord has shed His blood. Many mothers enter an abortion clinic uninformed. Many are deprived of the compassion they need once guilt begins to hit. Many fathers feel helpless in the situation because they have no say. As a pastor, I can only encourage the church to respond with compassion and the forgiveness won by Christ for those burdened by the guilt of abortions committed or the guilt of having encouraged others toward that act of violence.

Bio-technology: This is a hard issue for the barren and infertile. The inability to have a child is devastating. A Christian couple without children can only read Psalm 127 with tears. Science has given us the ability to introduce a biological third, fourth, or even fifth party into a marriage to create children. Sperm donors and egg donors might donate under extreme economic hardship. Or it is possible they donate simply because they can. It is not good. A third party used to create life always separates the child from one biological parent. The sperm donor is the father. The egg donor is the mother. What of surrogates? We have intentionally created a system to undermine the parent-child unit. In vitro fertilization involves creating multiple embryos outside the womb. The eggs are examined to find the best. The embryos are given a grade. Then those embryos selected are placed within the uterus. The question again is, “What are the unborn?” The embryo is a full human being. That means the IVF procedure intentionally creates human beings who are very likely to die or who will intentionally be allowed to die. Some leftover embryos (full human beings) are used for research. All human rights and all human dignity are stripped from the helpless. Many couples are uninformed as to what the embryo is. Some might realize that they have allowed their children, embryos, to die. They will need to hear that Christ Jesus has removed that sin.

End-of-Life Issues: People live longer, but few admit they live better. I have parishioners who are trapped in their body. They want to die. They cannot. They are not required to have extraordinary care. They are required to confess life as they prepare for death. As a pastor, I find great comfort in the service of Compline. It prepares us to go to sleep as though we go to death, so that when we die, it is as though we go to sleep. Those near death often ask, “Why am I still here?” I don’t think the answer, “God still has a plan for you,” is helpful. Life under the cross means we see Jesus with us in our suffering. Christ suffered on our behalf. He does not abandon the elderly in their old age. When Jesus bids us to follow Him, He bids us to come and die. “Lord, lettest thou thy servant depart in peace” means, “Lord, I’m ready to die.” Those near death, without realizing it, teach others to suffer as a Christian and die as a Christian.

Lutherans For Life: One goal is to help people recognize that the name “Lutheran” means “for life.” Unfortunately, the name “Lutheran” involves a schizophrenia. Gather ten Lutheran pastors at random and it will be a mess. “For Life” brings images of hostility. Pro-lifers are portrayed as violent haters. Unfortunately, there is some truth to that. No favors were done when abortionists were harmed and clinics were burned. Lutherans For Life has a good posture before God and before the world. It is a posture of repentance, humility, gratitude, and joy. It unashamedly confesses we are all damned sinners under the Law of God. It confesses that our life is not meaningful because of who we are. I do not give meaning to my life—Christ does. God gives life to sinners by taking the death of sinners. No sin is too great for the cross of Jesus. We meet the victims of abortion, as well as those struggling with infertility, and the like, at the cross. There is the joy. God has joy over all life in Christ Jesus.

Men, Women, and Relationships: Men and women are different. Some would sound “bigotry”—I say “biology.” Our bodies are built differently, wired differently, and have vastly different hormones flowing through them creating different impulses. A man in the womb has more testosterone. A woman in the womb has a larger corpus callosum. A man is wired and built to provide and protect. A woman is wired and built to nurture and care. Biblical manhood calls the man to headship, to teach the Word of God, and to sacrificially love his wife. He is to be to his wife as Christ is to His church. Biblical womanhood calls the woman to submit, to help, and to nurture children. We are called upon to sacrifice ourselves for our neighbor, including the littlest and the weakest. Christ does not despise one of these little ones, nor one of the old ones. Part of mentoring for life involves showing honor to those with gray hair. STD facts and stats are something presented poorly in sex-ed. The goal of sex-ed seems to be to encourage sex in whatever way might reduce the risk of STDs. Women need to learn about oxytocin. Young women need to learn that biologically a young cervix is a prime target for HPV. Overall, the woman’s body is more susceptible to STDs. Men need to hear that biologically the highest risk for HIV is a male to male homosexual union. The goal of sex-ed should not be to talk about sex in itself. The goal should be to promote godly manhood and womanhood with purity in body and conduct. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. We are called to confess that baptismal truth in the way we live our life.

Society: How do we support a woman in an unplanned pregnancy? Every situation is different. I am a pastor. She, and the father, will need to hear Law and Gospel. They probably feel guilty already. Maybe not that they had sex but probably that she is pregnant. They will need to be gently admonished in Christ and hear the absolution. That said, I will be glad that the baby is still alive. It would be helpful if churches already had a plan to help a woman in an unplanned pregnancy. Is the man willing to be a father to the child? Is he willing and able to care for the mother? If not, somehow that role needs to be filled as best as possible. Will the pregnant woman’s parents or family help? If not, how can the congregation serve? Some may pressure her to have an abortion. She might want that. She could have a college athletic scholarship lined up. I will need to help her understand that the child in her womb is just that: a child. She is already a mother, before the baby is born. Perhaps adoption would be the best choice, however hard. Today’s culture is different than the early l 970s. The average age of those at pro-life marches is 17 years old. The young generation realizes that 20% of their classmates were killed in the womb. I think the best way to impact our culture is to begin with repentance. The church and all Christians have committed many sins. We need to have good marriages among our congregations. Our Sunday School and confirmation classes need to talk about purity. We need to have older women mentor younger women. We need to respond with compassion to the many victims of life issues. In summary, Christ’s Word needs to be our stay. That is the Word that heals.

Other topics: I have no problem speaking on the biblical basis for life. The Gospels are full of our Lord’s joy over life. I can defend life with clarity with the Word of God and without. I am well prepared to speak on marriage, both with God’s Word and without. Those who are homosexually tempted need compassion. They face a burden most cannot understand. Many are lonely. The church can welcome the homosexually tempted and bring them into Christ’s family. Same-sex marriage undermines key principles of Law and marriage. Children are normally entitled to a relationship with their father and mother. Fathers and mothers are not interchangable. Biology is the way parentage is normally defined and assigned. And, if same-sex marriage is legal, the power of the state increases. The state then determines who is and who is not a parent.

I can speak on these issues with or without Scripture. I recognize that the only voice which matters is the voice of Christ. However, if I engage an atheist, it is  helpful to present arguments from a secular viewpoint. I do have a hunger to learn more and be better equipped.