The white smoke goes up: “Habemus praesidem!” “We have a president!” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

June 27th, 2013 Post by

The white smoke has gone up the International Center chimney. “Habemus praesidem!” “We have a president!” Of course we won’t know officially who that praeses is until July 6, but I have a hunch the moving vans can stay in Michigan.

Here is the e-mail I received this morning from LCMS Secretary Ray Hartwig, under the subject line, “2013 LCMS President Election”:

TO ALL ELIGIBLE VOTERS IN THE 2013 ELECTION OF THE LCMS PRESIDENT:

Thank you to all who voted during the past four days in the election of the President of the Synod for the coming triennium. While according to bylaw I cannot release the results of the balloting until July 6, I do want to inform you that there has been an election and that a second ballot will not be necessary. Thank you for your part in the success of our Synod’s first use of electronic voting.

Raymond L. Hartwig






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  1. June 28th, 2013 at 20:27 | #1

    Reaper :Miguel your response illustrates part of the problem. So many of us treat each other like we are more interested in being right than walking together.

    Who causes the division — the one who wanders or the one who calls him back?

    Case in point: Pastor Morris knew he would be practicing exactly what the LCMS has always considered to be unionism and has always prohibited. He knew that well before he participated in unionistic worship. He knew he would almost certainly cause division, just as President Benke had done before him in Yankee Stadium. And he freely chose to no longer walk together. Was he more interested in being right?

    Are you saying those who called him back are not interested in walking together?

  2. June 28th, 2013 at 20:31 | #2

    Abby, you got me thinking that I was setting up a false dichotomy by asking, “Who causes the division — the one who wanders or the one who calls him back?”

    I suppose both of the two (2) parties can cause division…

  3. June 28th, 2013 at 23:38 | #3

    @Reaper #49
    Sorry dude. Crandall is spot on: you do the very thing you accuse me of. Your accusation is self-contradictory. Case in point: you completely failed to engage the substance of my response. I’m not sorry if you feel like my disagreeing with you and on the basis of scripture, logic and reason is treating you poorly. What a cop out. I propose the real problem is that when progressives encounter substantive challenges to their innovations, they resort to painting traditionalists as heartless bigots hell bent on theological minutia. I meant what I said, and I take it with the utmost seriousness. I’m not here to justify myself: I sincerely believe and am highly invested in the importance of what I argue for, and your failure to even consider that a possibility is highly judgmental. I took the time to spell out why I think you are wrong because it is worth discussing. If all you’ve got is a ball of mud to throw, get off your high horse and quit pretending to care under the pretense of being offended.

    And FWIW, I serve a congregation full of progressives. I fight these battles on a daily basis and have learned to love and work with people who see things VERY differently, meet them halfway, and help them understand what I believe is critically important and why. My life is a micro-Koinonia project. What are you doing to reach across the aisle besides coming here and insulting people?

  4. June 29th, 2013 at 06:44 | #4

    Miguel :@Reaper #49 I propose the real problem is that when progressives encounter substantive challenges to their innovations, they resort to painting traditionalists as heartless bigots hell bent on theological minutia.

    Quote of the Day

  5. Abby
    June 29th, 2013 at 07:14 | #5

    Miguel @48, 3

    You have spelled it out very nicely.

  6. Abby
    June 29th, 2013 at 07:41 | #6

    @Pastor Ted Crandall #2
    It does feel like we have a “Civil War” going on. I like the way President Harrison diffused it in his comments here about the 2 candidates running against him: http://steadfastlutherans.org/?p=30675

    I like the way Miguel expressed his thoughts here: “And FWIW, I serve a congregation full of progressives. I fight these battles on a daily basis and have learned to love and work with people who see things VERY differently, meet them halfway, and help them understand what I believe is critically important and why. My life is a micro-Koinonia project. What are you doing to reach across the aisle besides coming here and insulting people?”

    All pastors need that kind of heart, I think, in what we have going on. And a lot less “insulting.”

  7. Becky Welton
    June 29th, 2013 at 08:39 | #7

    Thank you to those pastors and President Harrison who defend against the tide of progressive doctrine in the LCMS. A is A.

  8. Reaper
    June 29th, 2013 at 14:43 | #8

    Forgive me miguel, if I have insulted it was not my intention. I did not have time to fully address your points because I was and am quite busy with church matters (a sick member and a planning meeting) I may have to continue our conversation at a later time.

  9. June 30th, 2013 at 06:03 | #9

    Abby :
    I like the way President Harrison diffused it in his comments here about the 2 candidates running against him:

    “I know Herb Mueller and David Maier well. Herb is truly “an Israelite in whom there is no guile.” David loves the Scriptures and applying them to real people in real life. They, at the will of the congregations of Synod, are standing for election because they believe deeply in the Gospel, and they live to serve for the sake of Jesus and His message of salvation. They want the very best for the Synod. They are fine men who would bring many gifts to the office. They and their dear wives and families deserve our thanks.”

    Amen!

  10. Eric Held
    July 6th, 2013 at 08:10 | #10

    Received an email @ 7:30am

    The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, having received a majority of the votes cast, is declared elected as President-elect of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

  11. Carl Vehse
    July 6th, 2013 at 08:16 | #11

    From “Harrison elected to second term as LCMS president“:

    Harrison received 4,262 votes, or 66 percent of the 6,432 ballots cast.

    Of the other two nominees for president, the Rev. Dr. David P.E. Maier received 1,906 votes, or nearly 30 percent, and the Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Mueller Jr. received 264, or 4 percent.

    Votes were cast by some 78 percent of the total 8,201 district delegates who were eligible to vote.

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