Rob Bell and Institutional Heresy
Already, I see on blogs grand discussions by people defending him or arguing against him. Both sides, or more, have already missed the point.
Bell has created an incredible brand-name, one of the next in the new institution. The fact that you know his name, can talk about his concerns, know already about the controversies, his strong ties to the evangelical subculture shouts irony. His name is bigger than his message.
I won't read his books. I'm not entering dialogues about whether his message matters. And I won't pretend I'm wiser, cynical or hipper for rejecting to read the hippest Christian presently doing the book promotion circuit.
Buy his books. Read them. Or don't read them. That's OK too. My point is not about Bell, the books, or the content.
Whatever you do, don't get caught up in the Rob Bell institution. We have enough cult of personalities in the Protestant Church, particularly among evangelicals. Dwell instead on truth.