Category Archives: MACU Stuff

All about that Name…

AD Alligood sign shoes

As I recently wrapped up my time serving alongside the great people of Mid-Atlantic Christian University, I couldn’t help but reflect on many tremendous memories and milestones.  Ten years, over 2 different stints, being on staff. Continue reading


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What a Coach wants!

I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you EXACTLY that sentiment – what a coach, specifically THIS COACH wants FROM & FOR his players.

As indicated on the graphic above I am setting out some EXPECTATIONS for my Continue reading


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Don’t Call it a Comeback!

Hey everyone, not sure if you have heard by now but I’ve finally picked up a new “role/job” whatever you want to call it.

A couple weeks ago I was announced as Continue reading

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Gotta get moving…

So we got back from an AWESOME week in Orland @ Exponential Conference.

Now I am getting ready to roll out once again – this time will be my longest travel engagement in quite some time.

I leave Friday 4/30 for a few different and truly exciting events. Continue reading

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I AM 501 c 3…

If I ever had some sort of Star-Wars-Esque type robot name

– you know like R2D2 or C3PO Continue reading

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Ordinary Water or Extraordinary Wine?

Last week I had the honor and privilege to head back to the area where I grew up.  I told about this in a post before I left.  I had a great time visiting on the campus of Mid Atlantic Christian University, which included getting a chance to speak in chapel.

It had been laid on my heart to challenge the students, faculty, and staff with a message from the story of Jesus changing water into wine at a wedding in Cana.  The overiding theme of the message was – “are we settling for just being ordinary water OR are we allowing Jesus to transform us into EXTRAORDINARY WINE”???

fresh water drop red wine

If you are interested you can check out the message here (click on link to hear message in real time OR right-click on link and click “download as” or “save as” and you can save to your computer)Neal’s MACU Chapel Message 8-19-09

Now remember this message was written & spoken with a SPECIFIC audience in mind and some of the stories deal directly with the heritage of the college.  I do believe we all can get something out of it and be challenged to seek Jesus’ transformation in our own lives.  Also since you were not actually there – I used some visuals to help “pound home the point”.

stone water potsI had 6 “waterpots” up on the stage (my dad borrowed them from Lowe’s – thanks Dad & Lowe’s ha ha) – these were not nearly as large as the ones from the passage found in Luke 2:1-11 but they gave a good idea.

I also had 3 “wine glasses” on stage – I poured cloudywater goblets water into the 1st glass, then poured water into a water purifier pitcher and then poured that purified/clear water into the 2nd wine glass, then finally poured grape juice “wine” into a 3rd glass that I ladled out of one of the large water pots on stage.  If you listen to the message it makes more sense.

I challenged both the audience and myself with the idea that we must be like the: 1) Water pots and be AVAILABLE 2) Servants and be OBEDIENT 3) and to be CHANGED AGENTS (water) and then help be CHANGE AGENTS (Jesus) in the lives of others.

So I am asking myself and hopefully you will be willing to ask YOURSELF – “Will I settle for being ORDINARY WATER or let Jesus TRANSFORM me into EXTRAORDINARY WINE?”

So that is a lil glimpse into some of what took place last week!  I had a grand time spending with friends and family from MACU and around town and am truly thankful to have had the opportunity to do so!

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Headed to the “MOTHERLAND”

Tuesday, 8/18 – and I’ll be “leaving on a jet plane” but I DO KNOW when I’ll be back again.  I’m headed back to the “motherland” good ole Elizabeth City, NC. I’m flying out of the ATL to Newport News and then traveling with a friend back down to E City.  I’m really looking forward to heading back and being a part of the opening week activities @ MACU (Mid-Atlantic Christian University).

I have the great privilege of getting to speak @ MACU’s Chapel service on Wednesday morning.  Hopefully challenging the Staff/Faculty and student body for the upcoming year ahead.  I TRULY LOVE getting these types of opportunities as MACU holds a very special place in my heart & heritage.

The rest of the week I’ll be hanging out and meeting students and friends to just take in all the excitement of the first week of classes.  I am also going to be having some meetings about some possible new avenues for some of the Alumni of the University to be on campus and to give back at future events.  I think some GREAT THINGS will come of this time of fellowship and planning together.

I’ll also get the chance to spend time with my parents who still live there in town and work there at the school.  I’ll get to see long time friends and family who are there and also spend some great time with some other friends who live in town.  The highlight of some of this will be getting to go back and play volleyball with some very DEAR friends of mine whom I’ve not seen in a while and have not been able to play ball with in YEARS & YEARS – so it should be good times!

Then I’ll be heading back to the ATL on Saturday 8/22 to be back and ready for the next round of our “WITH” series here @ Christ’s Church at Cobb, on Sunday 8/23 – really excited about that!

So I’m not sure how much ONLINE time I’ll get this week but I’ve tried to leave ya some posts to get ya through the week.  Catch ya around sometime soon!

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