Delaune Lecture Series

Who was Thomas Delaune?

Thomas Delaune was the first Cork man to become an evangelical Christian through the local church that would become Cork Baptist Church. He was the son of a tenant farmer on the estate of Major Riggs, situated in the town land of Brinny, north west of Bandon, Co. Cork. As a young Christian, Delaune was victimised by his peers, so much so, that he moved away from Cork to England. However, because Major Riggs had paid for his education in Cork, he went to England as an educated man. Delaune became the Headmaster of a small Grammar School, as well as a writer and translator. He joined one of the London Baptist churches and became well known amongst the Baptist leaders. After writing a defence of Baptist ecclesiology Delaune was charged with sedition by the English courts and thrown into Newgate prison. Despite the injustice of the charge the court declared him as guilty and punished him with a fine equivalent to approximately 80 euro. He was imprisoned because of his inability to pay the fine. Delaune's family were forced to join him in prison where they all died within fifteen months, with Thomas being the last to pass away in 1685. Delaune's writings lived on after his death. The author Daniel Defoe republished Delaune's writings on religious liberty in the early 1700's. In the preface of the publication Defoe expressed his lament concerning the manner of Delaune's end. It is right to understand Thomas Delaune as the first Irish Baptist martyr and for this reason MBC calls its open lectures the Delaune Lectures.


Parables: How Do We Read The Stories Jesus Told?

Brian Vickers, February 2020

Jesus Christ As The Fulfilment Of The Law And The Prophets

Kirk Wellum, September 2019

A Future Hope From A Shared Past: Why Church History Matters

Andy Compton, June 2019

Who Am I? Work, Wealth, & Identity

Michael Thigpen, March 2019

The Father's Exaltation Of The Son: Psalm 110 In The New Testament

Ryan Rippee, October 2018

Christ From Beginning To End: How The Full Story Of Scripture Reveals The Full Glory Of Christ

Stephen Wellum, June 2018

What On Earth Is A Conservative Evangelical Baptist?!

Theodore Cabal, January 2018

Seeds And Servants: The Unexpected Kingdom Of God

Brian Vickers, September 2017

The Life And Times Of Thomas Delaune, Ireland's First Baptist Martyr

Andy Compton, June 2017

The Reformation At 500: Learning From Luther

Ian Clary, March 2017

The Church in Contemporary Culture

Kieran Beville, September 2016

Why did God the Son become Human?

Dr. Stephen J. Wellum, June 2016

Living by Faith in the Old Testament

Dr. Russell Fuller, January 2016

The Memory of the Martyrs

Coleman Ford, September 2015