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Rob Bell will be out on the road as part of a new speaking tour. But unlike the intimate theater shows he used to host, his new platform will be in arenas around the country. Oprah has announced that Bell will be among the guests on her eight-city “The Life You Want Weekend” tour, kicking off this fall. In a press release, Oprah said, “All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space. I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to live it." Along with the former Mars Hill pastor and best-selling author, a group of “handpicked thought leaders and pop culture icons” will be speaking along with Oprah during each “transformational weekend.” Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, “spiritual life coach” and reality star Iyanla Vanzant and Deepak Chopra are also among the speakers schedule to make appearances at select dates. On her website, the TV mogul has posted an epically-scored video describing the tour if you want to learn more about finding a, ummm, “gratitude space” ... Discuss

 

Former pastor and author Rob Bell has found a new fan in Oprah. The two recently sat down for a two and a half hour conversation about God, spirituality and Bell’s books that will eventually air on an episode of her “Super Soul Sunday” show on OWN. In a post on her website, she said,

"The ideas Rob sets forth in his books Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God opened my heart and my mind. People like him are the reason I set out to build OWN in the first place: to be able to gather a global community of like-minded seekers."

Bell’s latest book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, was recently named the first choice for "Oprah's Super Soulful Book of the Month." The network executive and talk show icon wrote, “When I first started reading it, I was highlighting my favorite passages, but then I realized—what's the point? I've marked every page! It just wowed me.” Currently, OWN has not said when Oprah’s interview with Bell will air … Discuss

 

This weekend, Pete Holmes’ podcast You Made It Weird hosted its first “non-comedian” guest—author and pastor Rob Bell. Distributed by the Nerdist comedy network, You Made It Weird has become a mainstay on the iTunes top 100 for it’s A-list guest interviews. The podcast from comedian Pete Holmes typically features conversations between fellow stand-up acts and actors (recent guest include Jim Gaffigan, Aziz Ansari, Jeff Garlin, Joel McHale) as they engage in long conversations about life and their careers in the entertainment business. But, as he reveals in the opening to this week’s show, Holmes is a fan of Rob Bell’s books. Bell was also a guest on a recent episode of The RELEVANT Podcast, available here. The entire two-hour conversation between Holmes and Bell is available on iTunesDiscuss

 

This week we talk to controversial author and speaker Rob Bell about his new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God. (No matter what you think about Rob, it's a surprising interview that deserves a listen.) We also talk to photographer Andy Barron about a life-changing challenge Mark Foster (of Foster the People) put him on, and the crew brings back the glory of their youth by revisiting favorite childhood Christian shows. Read More

 

When Rob Bell left Mars Hill Bible Church two years ago (the church he founded and helped grow into one of the most influential churches in the country), some speculated it was because of a theological controversy caused by his book Love Wins. The author and star of the NOOMA teaching series said he was moving to L.A. to focus more on writing and developing a television show. Bell put any rumors of discord to rest when he returned to the church to preach the week’s sermon and tell the congregation about his new TV project, The Rob Bell Show. According to the Christian News Network, Bell told the church that the talk show will focus on stories of redemption:

We want to talk about the things that matter most. We want to talk about our brokenness and our struggle. We want to be inspired. We want to hear stories. I want to take elements of this, what you’re experiencing here. I want to put it all in a blender, and throw in a little Lost, maybe some TED Talk and maybe some Letterman and do something that’s never been done before.

Update: Though ABC purchased the pilot to Rob Bell's initial television show, Stronger, it is unconfirmed what network will air his talk show. His appearance at Mars Hill Bible Church took place on March 10. Discuss

 

In an interview with Odyssey Networks, Rob Bell continued to speak out about his support for gay marriage, and why he believes it’s important to look at the “real problems” we are facing. The former pastor and author of new book What We Talk About When We Talk About God, found himself in the middle of the debate last week when he voiced his support for gay marriage during a discussion at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. His statements have been at the center of a recent controversy, drawing both criticism and support from conservative and progressive Christian leaders … Discuss