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

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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