Category Archives: THEOLOGY

A catagory designed for theological students and academics looking for inspiration and encouragement in the study of God (theology).

New Look and More Books for 2012

Over the past week, here at the D. H. Ruffle Memorial Library blog, we’ve been busy adding thousands of pages of FREE Biblical resources for you to read or download. We have a whole section on Church History and another on Christian Classics. Of course, we still have eight different English Bible versions to read or download, as well as numerous Bible Study Aids, such as Vine’s Expository Dictionary and Mathew Henry’s Commentary.

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12th century codex of a catena. The biblical text is surrounded by the commentary on 4 margins.

This image reveals what a medieval commentary on the Gospels looks like. You can read a clear version of St. Thomas Aquinas’s 4 volume, 8 book work right here on line!

In all, around 40 new documents have been added since we last sent out a blog post, and new items are being added too! Finally, the entire design of the Library has been updated, to make it a lot easier to see the PDF links for your FREE access.

With every blessing for this new year,

John Ruffle



HISTORY Page Added (includes Early Church Fathers)

As we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord around the world, I have created a brand-new page detailing how we received our New Testament, and including important historical documents such as Eusebius, and from a slightly later period, the Ecclesiastical History of England, by the Venerable Bede. Also you’ll find an article by the 20th century theologian, F.F. Bruce and more!

Click on the link HERE or go to the top menu or right-hand “pages” menu and click on “HISTORY” to access the new page!

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The wonder of the Incarnation!

With Christmas Blessings, – Brother John.

“Bartholomew & World Missions” -Inaugural Message

– View or download: Bartholomew & World Missions -a sermon

Be the first to taste the first uploaded digital volume in the pre-launch of the ‘D. H. Ruffle Memorial Discipleship Library’.

This sermon was preached by the Bishop of New Zealand to the gathered national church mission leadership in the Cathedral Church of Salisbury, New Zealand. Although preached nearly 150 years ago, (on the 29th August, 1854), the words still ring out, resonating via the internet today. “We are called this day to a great and holy work: no less than the fulfilment of our part of the commandment of our Blessed Lord, to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.”  Let this, then, be our determination in this new digital age in which the Church finds herself. And may we give glory to the Lord Jesus Christ who saves us, Amen!  (26 pages; PDF format file)

Welcome to The D. H. Ruffle Memorial Library

The Word of God is the true Bread

This website is just like baking fresh bread (something D. H. Ruffle’s son, John loves doing) .. but in the HEAVENLY realm. Since August 2011,  John Ruffle has been working on a digital library of Bibles, commentaries and outstanding theological works in memory of his father D.H. Ruffle, who was a dedicated catholic lay leader, champion for reconciliation and author -his book “Some Thoughts on the Christian Life” was published after his death. John is currently preparing a 2nd slightly updatged edition of this book, so watch this space!
This site is a memorial to my father, Denis H. Ruffle, (1915-1995). Dad’s passion had been seeking peace and unity in Christ’s body through mentoring, dialogue, personal prayer and encouragement. As a child, I recall him following the progress of the Vatican II Council with keen interest. After retirement, he led the local parish “Friday Night Fellowship”  and as a result, a number of priests and ministers first began the journey of discernment through my father’s prayers and encouragement. Yet, he called himself “an ordinary Christian”. Maybe he was. In which case, I too desire to follow in his footsteps, to be even half an “ordinary” as this extra-ordinary man – my father- surely was. (The photos here are me – but very soon we’ll have archive photos of my dad, D. H . Ruffle here too!)
In many countries, there are very poor facilities for theological training, and virtually no academic books at all. Meanwhile, the West is flooded with many volumes of popular theology, while the works of our fathers lay mainly unread. This should not be! Add to this, the poor or non-existent Internet connections (in some countries the Internet is monitored closely) and we can see that the need for such a collection on-line (and also off-line via USB memory sticks) is great.
Developing the Project


The volumes themselves include (at the current count) 12 Bible versions, and selections that represent a very wide spectrum of Christian orthodoxy, from Eastern, Roman and Protestant perspectives. The volumes include  many pre-Reformation works, since Protestant thought really only covers around 500 years – less than one-quarter of Christian history. Despite the undeniable world-wide growth of pentocostalism in recent years,  Bible colleges from this tradition tend not to engage in pre-Reformation study in any depth. This library, it is hoped, opens up new windows of opportunity for them too, regardless of their location around the world. Also included are more recent volumes that include the Charismatic Renewal,  The Jesus People Movement (JPM), Living in Community, new Church planting and mission apostolates. As of January 2012, over 100 volumes are on the website, with many more being added progressively throughout the year. Also, a links page to other website resources is to be included later.
post updated 14 Jan 2012. JR