Rob Bell announces 'An Introduction to Joy' tour 2019
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Author, speaker, and former Pastor, Rob Bell has announced dates for An Introduction to Joy tour in 2019. Though he founded a church in Grand Rapids, Michigan many years ago and has since left and moved to L.A., Bell hits the road as a stand-up act to spread the word of the gospel but in a compelling and non-conventional fashion. His mission is to spread love, peace, and to help understand what it means to just be human.

Bell uses elements of comedy to explore deeper and sometimes darker eras of our faith and soul, crossing a line perhaps, but wants to discuss what that line is by making people laugh and feeling open about our human nature. Bell is also not afraid to take on the "charade" that is the American idea of Jesus and how America has become its own religion, something more sacred than Jesus and the Bible itself. He'll take these messages to select cities in the US with additional dates to be announced.

Rob Bell will kick of An Introduction to Joy on Jan. 18 in Orlando, Florida speaking at The Plaza Live. Tickets for the event go on sale Dec. 7 and is open to all ages. For pricing and availability, click here for event details. He'll follow up with another night in Florida at Tampa's Ferguson Hall on Jan. 19 (Tickets). Bell will head to the plains and Midwest where he'll speak in Missouri, Nebraska and conclude the first leg of the tour with a pair of dates in Oklahoma.

Since launching his faith-based career, Bell has written several New York Times Best-Sellers including "What Is the Bible?" with the subtext, "How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything." He has a No. 1 spiritual podcast, aptly titled the RobCast, has toured with Oprah Winfrey and been named one of the most influential people by TIME

An Introduction to Joy tour dates:

Jan. 18 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live (Tickets)
Jan. 19 - Tampa, FL - Louise Lykes Ferguson Hall (Tickets)
Feb. 16 - Lincoln, NE - The Rococo Theatre
Feb. 17 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
March 30 - Oklahoma City, OK - Tower Theatre
March 31 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom