Tony, who was Mr. Emergent Village is speaking at the Society for Pentecostal Studies annual meeting tonight. I have personally been asking the question about how Pentecostals and Emergent fit together for about 4 years, because I am caught between the worlds, and I know a number of people who are. Yet the merging of the two worlds has not been comfortable for many of the Pentecostals who have been involved.
The reason for those difficulties go both ways:
On one hand, many Pentecostals are uncomfortable with the more theologically, and morally liberal elements of the emergent conversation. One the other hand, Evangelicals of the Pentecostal variety (and this is another whole topic in itself sometime) are often more seriously berated by non-Pentecostal evangelicals - most notably those from a more Reformed tradition.
I do not expect the issue to be addressed, nor any of the underlining dynamics of this issue, but dialogue on finding elements from which both tribes can learn from one another is a good start. That appears to be direction Tony is looking at presenting tonight. With the focus that both groups have a robust pneumatology.
I am sure that most Pentecostals will not see Emergent as having a "robust pneumatology." So, I think this is just the beginning of that dialogue. This more academic group at the Society's conference will probably understand what Tony means by declaring that Emergent has a robust pneumatology - but that does that mean he is also saying there is a growing theological agreement in Emergent? Hmmmmmm...
Slightly off topic from the initial posts about "What is Emergent?", but post your thoughts if you've got some.