Michael Knowles 

2022 Lecturer: Michael P. Knowles

Professor of Preaching, George F. Hurlburt Chair of Preaching, McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario


The Rev. Dr. Michael P. Knowles has taught at McMaster Divinity College in Ontario, Candada, since 1997, offering courses in pastoral theology, preaching and biblical studies in a way that seeks to integrate sound biblical exegesis, Christian spirituality and practical application for the life and ministry of the Christian community. 
Prior to McMaster, Knowles was assistant director of the Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism between 1991 and 1997. Ordained in the Anglican Church of Canada, he is currently on staff at St. Paul’s (Westdale) Anglican Church in Hamilton. Knowles is the author of six books including,The Folly of Preaching: Models and Methods; We Preach Not Ourselves: Paul on ProclamationThe Unfolding Mystery of the Divine Name: The God of Sinai in Our Midst; Of Seeds and the People of God: Preaching as Parable, Crucifixion, and Testimony; and Third Voice: Preaching ResurrectionKnowles’ research and teaching interests include homiletics, spirituality, and biblical interpretation, focussing in particular on the theological foundations of Christian ministry. He earned an M.Div. and Th.D. from Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada.

Worship Service: "Beautiful Scars"

Feb. 1, 2022, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Beeson Divinity School, Hodges Chapel

Lecture One: Preaching Crucifixion 

Feb. 2, 2022, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Beeson Divinity School, N-101

Lecture Two: Preaching Resurrection

Feb. 3, 2022, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Beeson Divinity School, N-101

Preaching Institute Lunch Lecture: “Our Citizenship is in Heaven”: Reflections on Theological Homelessness

Feb. 2, 2022, 12-1 p.m.

Beeson Divinity School, N-101
Register here for lunch.

About the Biblical Preaching Lectures

Past guests include Earl Palmer, James Earl Massey, William Willimon, Bryan Chapell, Richard Bewes, and John Piper. Second in a series of three lectureships, the William E. Conger Lectures on Biblical Preaching are made possible through the generosity of the late Colonel William E. Conger, Jr. After distinguished military career, Colonel Conger served for many years as a close personal advisor to Ralph Waldo Beeson, the founding benefactor of Beeson Divinity School. Colonel Conger long shared Mr. Beeson's deep commitment to the pastoral ministry of preaching. In 1991, that commitment was expressed through the endowment of a lectureship to recapture the vision of preaching ministry, furthering the cause of Christ in today's world. Preaching is the central task of Christian ministry and mission. In the Conger lectures, we affirm our commitment to this biblical reformation mandate. These lectures are presented in the fervent prayer and hope that they shall enlighten the preacher's skill, but above all, stir the preacher's soul, so God Himself may shine "in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ" (1 Corinthians 4:6).