I greatly appreciate your scholarship and your, what I consider, enlightened views. Further, I believe the people who operate and contribute to this site are genuinely spiritual people who live, breathe, and sleep spirituality.
However, may I share a brief thought about Rob Bell's book Love Wins.
When I read his book, I was heartened that an evangelical, and formerly mainstream, minister would raise the issues he raised. I have never met Mr. Bell; when Time Magazine featured a story about him, I read that article and then a couple of his books.
While your ministry may have lead the way, created a path making it easier for other to follow, it seems to me that he deserves praise rather than blame. From reading his books, I concluded that Bell concluded "hell" does not exist. Yet, when I read about Bell on your site, it seems that the writers hold him in contempt.
I am not, therefore, able to see what you find so objectionable about his books and his espoused beliefs. In fact, the verbiage about him sounds a bit mean-spirited. Why?
When I used to work in animal welfare, I would see people who could never say a good word to anyone unless the person being assessed was as "concerned" as they were. At the top of the hierarchy were vegans,, then lacto/ovo vegetarians, then dog and cat enthusiasts, followed by . . . . You get the picture, I'm sure. So, if a person said he or she were only eating meat once a week, instead of praising that person, some vegetarians would say, "Well, that's once too many."
Such criticism often discourages people who are TRYING to make very big changes in their lives. Why not give them gentle support? After a time, when one step is taken, another might follow. But, instead, people who are criticized often feel they don't want to be like the people who chastise them.
So I would with the deepest respect question the criticism of Rob Bell. As the poet Gibran said, "Even those who limp go not backwards. Pity that the stags cannot teach swiftness to the turtles." He is moving in your direction. Why not embrace him?
Thank you for allowing me to express my concern.