Ed Szeto Speaking Topics
Ed Szeto is the special projects coordinator for LCMS World Relief and Human Care Life Ministries. He is available to speak on a variety of topics.
Szeto is based in Washington, D.C., and can be reached at 571-481-8830 or Ed.Szeto@lcms.org.
- Martin Luther on the Life Issues (60 min., high school to adult)
Did Martin Luther write anything that applies to today's life issues? Absolutely! Take a look at what Luther wrote on creation, sexual purity, life and death. We will also explore what today's society says about these issues, take a look at the timeless truths, derived from God's never-changing truth, and see how Lutherans can respond to our fellow Christians.
- Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia (40 min., adult)
This presentation talks about the attitudes behind those who favor assisted suicide and euthanasia, and includes discussion of the physician-assisted suicide legislation in Oregon, the only state to legalize assisted suicide. The presentation ends with a discussion on how Christians and the church look at these end-of-life issues.
- Are Life Issues Just Political or Social Issues? (45 min., high school to adult)
This presentation begins with a quick review of societies that do not recognize God, and how they treat human life. There are brief discussions about how these societies have condoned human sacrifice. The worldview look ends with Nazi Germany and how the Nazis treated those "unworthy of life." The discussion then focuses on what a Christian's view of life should be, as framed by God's Word. The presentation continues with a discussion of various life issues that are called political (abortion), social (pre-marital sex and marriage), medical (embryonic stem cell research, assisted suicide, euthanasia), scientific (human cloning) and legal (advance directives). Through it all, the audience is challenged to answer a fundamental question: "Are life issues just political or social [or medical or scientific or legal] issues?"
- Sexual Purity (45 min., grade six to high school)
This presentation begins with the basics of why human life is precious (created and redeemed by God). Since we were bought with a price, we discuss the basics of why sexual purity is important. It also examines the reason we should be concerned with how we dress. This presentation also looks at what it means to be men who are chivalrous. This presentation was written by Ed Szeto and is based on several works by Dr. James Lamb and Linda Bartlett.
- The Basics on Advance Directives (25 min., adult)
This presentation is based on a Lutherans For Life (LFL) brochure of the same title, and other LFL brochures by Dr. James Lamb and Linda Bartlett. Additional information includes definitions of certain legal terms used in advance directives. The presentation also includes a discussion of how living wills may eventually lead to legalized euthanasia. The presentation was prepared by Stacey Harding and Ed Szeto.
These presentations are provided free of charge as a service of the LCMS. However, the following arrangements and reimbursements are appreciated.
- Honorarium/speakers fee: None
- Airfare/mileage: Actual airfare and/or $0.585 per mile to airport or event
- Lodging: Quiet non-smoking hotel room
- Meals: $35 per day unless other arrangements are made.