What does all this talk of gay marriage and death benefits have to do with Rob Bell?
To be pertinent to the topic, and get away from my personal digression, Rob Bell is pro-gay, though he soft-pedals this message often, trying to engage with evangelical Christians, not secular liberals, for the most part. He's a liberal evangelical, though they prefer to call themselves "Emergents". Some of the stuff fellow Emergent Brian McLaren writes about is only revolutionary to fellow evangelicals, to mainline Protestants it is nothing new, and at times McLaren and Bell come across as sophomoric, but their conservative evangelical counteparts are just plain anti-intellectual. What is new is that Emergents are bringing a zeal that liberal Protestants do not have to their religious life- they aren't afraid of enthusiasm
and have some distance from secularism that liberals have tended to make peace with.
I do think there are similarities between Bell and Orthodoxy. However, there are alot of differences, too. Many Emergents would not be warm to some of the Orthodox self-understanding, seeing it as a Constantinian narrative that distorts the message of Jesus, which they see in radical, almost Anabaptist terms, yet at the same time they are open to the spirituality of sacramental religion.