Michael P. Knowles

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Dr. Knowles has taught at McMaster Divinity College since 1997, offering courses in pastoral theology, homiletics, 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.

Practical Ministry Experience: 

Ordained in the Anglican Church of Canada since 1982, Dr. 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.

Research Interests: 

Dr. Knowles’ research and teaching interests focus on the biblical and theological foundations of the church’s ministry.  Specific areas include:

  • Homiletics
  • New testament models for preaching and the theology of the cross
  • The Gospel of Matthew
  • Pauline spirituality
  • Worship
  • Biblical theology of the divine character
Current Projects: 

Dr. Knowles is currently preparing a book-length study that focuses on Christian preaching of the Old Testament, provisionally entitled, Preaching the Scriptures of Israel.  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, and several articles on the theology of preaching.


Jeremiah in Matthew’s Gospel: The Rejected-Prophet Motif in Matthaean Redaction.  Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series 68.  Sheffield: JSOT, 1993.

The Folly of Preaching: Models and Methods.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.

We Preach Not Ourselves: Paul on Proclamation.  Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2008.

The Unfolding Mystery of the Divine Name: The God of Sinai in Our Midst.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2012.

Of Seeds and the People of God: Preaching as Parable, Crucifixion, and Testimony.  Eugene, Oregon: Cascade, 2015.