Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Pastor Pollock and Preston did not survive the crash





I can't believe the news today. The verse from the U2 song keeps playing over and over in my head. I am at a loss for words or understanding. All I know is that I should be feeling that this is God's plan. It is Gods will and we need to believe that there is some divine purpose for this tragic incident. So many thoughts are running through my head about the church and its changes since Pastor Forrest took over in 2002. There were certainly some who opposed the mega Church philosophy or the intentions of Pastor Pollock. I can't help but to wonder if this was the work of the divine or if it is yet another blow from the "other side" to keep the church from spreading its love of Christ Jesus and it's christianity through the community and the world.
Pastor Pollock with his son Preston were enroute to Arkansas to pick up a friend before moving on to a conference in Texas when his plane went down outside Asheville, NC approx. 30 miles from the Rutherfordton, NC airport where Pastor Pollock departed at around 4:10 AM. When they didn't arrive at their destination they were reported missing. Search teams discovered the plane sometime tues morning according to BSBC and Paster Forrest Pollock and his 13 year old son Preston did not survive the crash.

I just can't image what Dawn or what his children are going through right now. The people of Bell Shoals Baptist Church have been through a lot of pain over the years with the lost of the paster before Dr. Pollock and now this tragedy is almost too surreal to believe. His visions for BSBC as a mega worship center were being realized with the construction of a new parish. It is just so sad.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

i'm sad for his family's losses but am happy the open teaching of hatred and intolerance that came weekly from Pollock's sermons have been silenced. This may be sad for a small group of Bell Shoal's worshipers but Tampa Bay as a whole will benefit greatly from this.

Nicolette said...

This is a great loss. Pastor Pollock and his family did not ever speak a message of hate. He conveyed a message of hope, love, and faith at all times. This is sad for more than just a 'small group of Bell Shoal's worshipers'. . . It is a sad loss for so many more and certainly a loss for the community. How bitter, cold, and lost you must be to be thankful for such a loss?

Brandon said...

Don't worry about that first anonymous posting. It's someone just trying to stir up trouble and controversy simply because they have nothing else to do with their sad life. They don't care what the situation is...they would come down on anyone...just to get somebody angry. Don't let it get to you.

Laura said...

God Bless the first poster and their view on life. Whoever the anonymous person is will need it. Thank you Nicolette and Brandon for your kind words.

Rene' said...

I've been coming to Bell Shoals for six years and Pastor Polluck was a great inspriation to all of us. Our church will never be the same without him.

Fran said...

I can't believe what that anonymous person said. The way I see it, that person knows he/she is living a very sinful life and Pastor Pollocks sermons only made it more obvious. He NEVER taught hatred or intolerance, only the word of God. He will be greatly missed by a LARGE group of people NOT only Bell Shoals worshipers. Rene' is right, Bell Shoals will never be the same again. It seems that the anonymous writer isn't very convicted in their beliefs and was embarrassed by their statement or they would stated their name.