Michael Knowles 

2022 Lecturer: Michael P. Knowles

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


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. 
Ordained in the Anglican Church of Canada since 1982, Knowles has previously served at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as at the Church of the Messiah and St. James (Humber Bay), Toronto, Ontario. He is currently on staff at St. Paul’s (Westdale) Anglican Church in Hamilton. He is the author of six books including,The Folly of Preaching: Models and Methods, We Preach Not Ourselves: Paul on Proclamation, The Unfolding Mystery of the Divine Name: The God of Sinai in Our Midst and Of Seeds and the People of God: Preaching as Parable, Crucifixion, and Testimony. Knowles is currently at work on a study that extends the trajectory of a cruciform homiletic (the subject of two previous monographs) to consider the implications of resurrection for preaching. Its basic thesis is that notwithstanding the importance of homiletical methodology, spiritually transformative preaching depends on divine power, not human agency alone. Other projects include: The Throne, the Lamb, and the Song: Worshipping With the Apocalypse of John, which applies insights from the Book of Revelation to contemporary worship, as well as articles on spirituality and preaching.

Worship Service

Feb. 1, 2022, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Beeson Divinity School, Hodges Chapel

Lecture One 

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

Beeson Divinity School, N-101

Lecture Two

Feb. 3, 2022, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Beeson Divinity School, N-101

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).