Bruce Lee, the late martial arts film star, is not a name you normally associate with Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones,LTS, or Scripture. Nevertheless, it was with a quotation from him that Dr Iain Duguid began his lecture, on 6 October, at London Theological Seminary (LTS).
He quoted: ‘Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable’.
Asserting that this description aptly summarises the relationship depicted in the Song of Songs, Dr Duguid, professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, USA, spoke from the Song on marriage as ‘friendship on fire’.
It was good to see 40 or more people present and to hear this helpful lecture. Dr Duguid pointed out that marriage is a legal, affectionate and sexual union and must be approached with that understanding.
He closed his address with a heartfelt declaration of the fiery love of God in Christ: ‘In God’s victory, through Christ, over sin and death and hell, we may find the faith to step out once again, in trying to show “friendship on fire” to one another, after we have failed many times, as well as faith in God’s unbreakable love for us’.
Dr Duguid stayed on at LTS for a while, lecturing on the Song. He was much appreciated by the student body. Opportunity was also taken to invite local ministers to join the students, to hear him speak on ‘Preaching Christ from Proverbs’. It was a privilege to hear such erudite and applied teaching, the sort of thing that LTS does so very well.