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Sermon Project

Creighton University experts speak on the sacred text and art of The Saint John's Bible in a new series, Lighting the Word.

Creighton University is fortunate to have a Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible on loan from Mike and Nancy McCarthy.  We are further blessed to collaborate with clergy across the Omaha metropolitan area to bring this special Bible to local places of worship. In this interdenominational project, faith leaders bring various perspectives as they feature specific illuminations in addresses to diverse audiences, all joined by the common inspiration of The Saint John's Bible. We are grateful to the communities for welcoming us warmly, and we are especially grateful to the clergy for participating and for graciously allowing us to share the recorded sermons. 

The Heritage Edition at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church in Omaha, October 2018

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Introduction to the Sermon Project
David Crawford (University Archivist) and
Hannah Clark (Graduate Intern with The Saint John's Bible)

University Archivist David Crawford and Graduate Intern Hannah Clark discuss the Sermon Project’s inspiration and development, including how we partner with local clergy to bring this special Bible to their communities.

This discussion, recorded in the Rare Books Room on May 14, 2019, was edited by Hannah ClarkTo download the episode, click on the download icon in the top right hand corner of the player.


Rev. H. Ashley Hall
Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church (Omaha, Nebraska)
Featured Illumination: Word Made Flesh by Donald Jackson
October 21, 2018

Rev. H. Ashley Hall delivered the first sermon for The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition Sermon Project at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska, on October 21, 2018.  His sermon featured Word Made Flesh, an illumination from the Gospel of John. In addition to serving as Associate Pastor for Adult Faith Formation at Kountze  Memorial Lutheran Church, Dr. Hall is also Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Creighton University.

This recording, edited by Hannah Clark, is from the 9:00am service, which was also broadcast on Cox Channel 13. To download the episode, click on the download icon in the top right hand corner of the player.


Rev. Michael Thompson
New Life Baptist Church (Bellevue, Nebraska)
Featured Illumination: Birth of Christ by Donald Jackson
December 2, 2018

Rev. Michael Thompson spoke at New Life Baptist Church on December 2, 2018, as a part of The St. John's Bible Heritage Edition Sermon Project. His sermon incorporated the Birth of Christ illumination from the Gospel of Luke. Dr. Thompson is the Pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Bellevue, Nebraska.

This recording was edited by Hannah Clark. To download the episode, click on the download icon in the top right hand corner of the player.


The Rev. Canon Elizabeth Easton
Canon to the Ordinary, Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska
St. Martha's Episcopal Church (Papillion, Nebraska)

Featured Illumination: Luke Anthology by Donald Jackson with contributions from Aidan Hart and Sally Mae Joseph
September 29, 2019

The Rev. Canon Elizabeth Easton spoke at St. Martha's Episcopal Church, September 29, 2019. Rev. Easton, who serves as the Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, was invited by St. Martha’s to preach for both services for this contribution to our Sermon Project. Her sermon incorporated the Luke Anthology and Jesus with Mary and Martha illuminations from the Gospel of Luke.

This recording, edited by Olivia Lutz, is from the 11:00am service. To download the episode, click on the download icon in the top right hand corner of the player.