I have no doubt that the emerging church and mainstream evangelicalism have something to learn reciprocally. I do doubt that this conversation will occur without pain. Unfortunately, when we are at our worst, we might have a tendency to absolutize and “demonize”. But the conversation does not have to be a fight; it can be a dance – a beautiful dance of thesis/antithesis working its way toward a greater grasp of truth, a more profound experience of community, and even a closer relationship with the One Who knows all truth. This can occur when those who disagree: -remember that a gentle answer turns away wrath, -lean toward the other rather than away, -seek very hard to listen, -ask non-rhetorical and genuinely curious questions, -do the very difficult spadework of working to understand the presuppositions of the other, -believe the best about the other rather than the worst, -and, most importantly, be willing to provisionally consider that the other may be saying something of value – that they might even be able to correct. If these things are done, the coming storm might yield a beautiful harvest.