Bobby, describe yourself for our visitors.
I didn’t grow up in the church at all. I grew up in gyms and on athletic fields. I was very successful in sports. I won a national and three state championships. I am ashamed to confess now how I used success to further my life of sin. Then the Lord graciously convicted me of my sins through the preaching of the gospel when I was 20. By His grace, I repented and trusted in Christ, and He saved me, and changed me. Within a couple years I was teaching Bible studies at UCLA and from there the Lord called me into the Gospel ministry. So in many ways I am not very churchie. I come across as a regular ole guy. My friends and family know me as Bobby and the saints at LACBC where I serve call me pastor Bobby.
I grew up lifting weights and working out so that’s kind of still a hobby. I say kind of because at the age of forty-four the years have caught up with me, and I can’t lift like I used to. To be honest my training partner, pastor Anthony Kidd another contributor to SSW, and I do more talking than lifting weights. Here’s the hobby I enjoy the most—hanging out with my wife and kids. I have six kids, 12 and under, and we have a lot of fun together whether its playing board games, or at the park.
How do you find time to connect with God?
I make time or else I’d never find it. I try to spend the first hour in the morning praying. One of my seminary professors once exhorted me and my class from the failure of the disciples who couldn’t pray with Jesus for one hour (Mk 14:37) to make time to pray an hour a day. I have striven to keep that habit ever-since, and God has continued to make those times sweet and rich.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
Mildred Taylor, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry is perhaps my favorite fiction book. I missed out on reading the classics as a kid, but now I have come to love them e.g., Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Homer’s Odyssey, and John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. The Christians books I read are generally academic books. I love essentially everything Walter Kaiser writes. On a popular level few things stir me like a John Piper poem. .
Tell us about your journey to publication.
Fast is the word I would use. No, actually break neck fast. I believe we signed our contracts in September and turned in a completed manuscript on November 15th. We did one chapter edit over a weekend in December and the book was in stores by the end of April 08. Wow! I am still spinning. Everyone I asked told me that it takes two years from the signing of the contract until a book hits the stores. I know better than that now.
Tell us about your current book?
With no false humility I can honestly say that it is an excellent book. It is an excellent book because of the extraordinary giftedness of the contributors. God brought together from the African American church a great theological pastor, a counseling pastor, an evangelistic pastor, a premier expository preaching pastor, a young visionary pastor and a New Testament Greek scholar and put them all in one book.
Yet, the most important factor that makes this an excellent book is that it exudes the power of the Word of God. All the contributors labored in the Scriptures to give the reader the biblical principles that will lead to a victorious life over sexual temptation. I am a living testimony to the transforming power of the biblical principles outlined in this book. And because this book presents principles from the Word of God, although it was written primarily for men, any believer, male or female, will be blessed by this book.
Last thing about the book—in some ways the cover makes it appear that this book is written only for those who are struggling in sin. That’s not the case. This book principlizes the holy lifestyles of Christians who have exemplary monogamous marriages or who celebrate their celibacy. So in a real sense, Secret Sex Wars: A Battle Cry for Purity is a great tool that godly pastors, Christian leaders, and parents can use to pass along to other saints the seemingly forgotten principles that can guide any believer to overcome sexual temptation.
How did you come up with ideas for this book?
The idea for this book came out of The LA Men’s Bible Conference in which I have had the privilege of being one of the preachers. In April of 07, the conference speakers gathered for dinner the night before the conference began, and I suggested to the group that we take our sessions, turn them into book chapters and find a publisher. I volunteered to find a publisher and received a very enthusiastic response from my first contact, Lift Every Voice/Moody Publishers. We decided to use the sessions from our 2006 conference theme of “Living Pure in an Impure World” for the book, in part because of the response we received from it.
What’s next for you?
I have been trained as a biblical theologian, which means that I have a passion to find the answers to life’s hardest questions in the Bible. So I plan to keep writing and bringing a clear and fresh perspective to the burning questions of our day by answering those questions with the response, “What does the Bible say?” So look out, there’s more to come. In fact right now, I am praying for a way to bring some of the best African-American evangelical scholars together to collaborate on a monumental project. But I have to keep that under wraps for now. My most immediate project is to tell a very personal and miraculous story of how God delivered my daughter from a rare form of cancer that most kids don’t survive. Our God is an awesome God! I, along with my wife, and now 12-year-old daughter want to share our story so that through our trial others can learn how to anchor their hope in God when the storms of life blow hardest.
Where can visitors find you online?
Robert (Bobby) Scott is the pastor-teacher of Los Angeles Community Bible Church (LACBC) and the general editor of Secret Sex Wars: A Battle Cry for Purity