THREE - SOMETHING NEW
Grant was a good man and a good father. But he was not a Christian.
day, Larry asked why that was.
was raised in a church-going family, Son; but I got away from religion when I
went to college and on through my university training,” said his father.
“Some of my teachers were evolutionists and the others thought best to keep
quiet about their religion. So I guess the evolutionists won out with me.
There’s a surprising amount of scientific evidence against evolutionary
theory, but I wasn’t interested at the time in digging it out.”
Grant was a mathematician, with undergraduate work in biology. Later
post-graduate work in chemical engineering had rounded him out.
careful researcher, Len Grant was in demand whenever the government had certain
types of scientific contracts that needed filling.
while working on those contracts, Larry’s father was generally quite busy and
he did not have a lot of time to spend with Larry, who was their only child. But
Len Grant was a good father who loved his family and wanted the best for them.
had just turned sixteen in June, when his father called the family together to
tell them the news.
they gathered in the living room.
the new contract came through. We will be moving to northern India.”
this, the father hesitated. “Well, it’s like this, Son. You won’t be going
with us. You will be starting your third year of high school this fall, and
there’s no good English-language high school in the area where your mother and
I will be. I’ve already checked into this, for I wanted you to be with us. But
the political situation in India is not good at this time.
Dad,” pleaded the boy. “You know how much I want to be with you both!
We’ve never been separated before!”
sat silent. Father replied,
know, Son, and it bothers me a lot. But I don’t know what else to do. I want
you to have a good high-school education, and you only have two more years to
go. Your mother already offered to home school you there, but I have decided you
should attend a good boarding school here in the states. The contract is a tight
one and we will not, under any circumstances, be able to return to the states
till next May.”
will the school be?” asked Larry.
have found one that I am told is a good school. It’s in northern
Massachusetts. You will leave near the end of July for the school, the same week
your mother and I leave for India.”
Mr. Grant’s current contract was in Philadelphia. So, before leaving, they
decided to visit the historical buildings in town. Driving in from the farm they
were renting in the country, they parked near the Delaware River and walked down
Walnut Street to Carpenters’ Hall.
was the meeting place of the First Continental Congress in 1774,” Mr. Grant said. “If it wasn’t for those men back then, we would not have our freedoms
door was Independence Hall. “Back then, this was the State House. The Second
Continental Congress met here a year later. It was right here in Philadelphia
that Ben Franklin helped Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of
gave those men the courage to do this, when it meant death if the British
captured them?” asked Larry.
were Christians, Son,” said Mother.
actually right,” Father agreed. “They were Christians. I guess we need more
people like that today.” His voice trailed off as he spoke those words.
they were standing in front of the Liberty Bell. “It’s a huge bell, isn’t
it?” said Larry.
2,000 pounds of metal, the sign says,” Mr. Grant said. “I think it’s
brass, but it may be bronze. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. Back then,
bronze was an alloy of copper and tin.”
down, they read farther and found that it was set up in 1753 in a yard outside
Independence Hall, where it now rests. It rang at each anniversary of the Fourth
of July adoption of the Declaration of independence in 1776. But a large crack
appeared in 1835.
look, there’s an inscription on it!” said Larry.
the top of the bell was an engraved sentence.
read it: “ ‘Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the
inhabitants thereof,’ Boy, that’s sure a good motto.”
from the Bible, Son,” his mother said. “It was a proclamation to be made to
everyone in the land, so everyone could be set free” [Leviticus 25:10].
few years ago, a crazy man came here; and, as he stood in front of the Liberty
Bell,” Mr. Grant said, “he pulled a large hammer out from under his coat
and struck savagely at the bell, hoping to break it. But he only hit it once
before guards overpowered him.”
was odd. Did it hurt the bell at all?” asked Larry.
a bit,” laughed his father. “All the man did was make one tiny dent in the
rim. He could have pounded it for a year with that hammer and accomplished
heavy bell is like a Christian character,” said Mother. “Hammers can’t
right,” said Larry.
CHAPTER FOUR -
the jetliner, Larry found himself in a center seat with people on both sides. He
wished he had been by a window, so he could watch the scattered clouds and see
what was below them. But, lacking that, as soon as the plane was airborne he
took out his Bible, rested it on his backpack, and started reading.
his left was a man reading a newspaper. Looking up, he was startled to see what
Larry was reading. “Whatcha got,” kid?”
reading in my Bible.”
do ya do that?” asked the surprised man.
the Bible helps me. It gives me courage to do what needs to be done and guidance
to do it right.”
huh,—uh, yea.” Back into his newspaper went the man.
few minutes passed. Then the man on the other side of Larry said, “I like
that, youngster. We need more young people in America who read the Bible.”
you read the Bible too?” inquired Larry.
I don’t.” A pause, then, “I used to years ago, but I got away from it.”
Another pause, then. “I wish now I hadn’t.” Another pause, and this time
embarrassed that he had said so much, the man said, “I guess I’d better get
back to my reading.”
ten minutes passed, as all three continued reading. “Young man, may I
ask—.” The man on Larry’s right hesitated.
sir,” responded Larry.
I ask,—well, does reading the Bible really help you that much?”
could not get through a day without Bible study, and along with it prayer
throughout the day.”
really are committed!” said the man in a surprised tone. “Tell me more.
died to save each of us from sin. The wonderful news is that, through the grace
of Christ, Sir, you can be forgiven of all your past sins. And, more through
that same grace, you can be strengthened to obey His Inspired Word.”
for a moment, then, “Son, this is what I need in my life right now.”
the remainder of the trip, Larry was busy leading the man on his right to Jesus
Christ as his Saviour.
the while the other man kept his nose buried in his newspaper while carefully
listening to all that went on.
they arose to get their baggage, the newspaper man turned to Larry and shook his
hand. “I want you to know I appreciated what I heard. I’ll be thinking about
left the plane with his newfound friend, the man he had brought to Christ.
an prominent businessman here in Boston,” he told Larry. “My name is William
C. Steger. This is my business card. If you ever need help, give me a call.”
you so much. May God help us both be faithful. Remember, it’s not enough to
give God your life one day; you will have to keep doing it every day for the
rest of your life,” said Larry, as he put the card in his wallet.
you for those words. I count you as a real friend.”
the terminal at Logan International Airport, Larry waited for the bus from the
school to arrive. Soon he and a few other students had boarded it and rather
quickly were headed north on the interstate.
was interesting, for Larry had never been in Massachusetts before. He had taken
a seat at the front, across from the driver, so he could look out the front
window as they drove along.
over, the bus driver said, “Well, young man, I see you keep a Bible with you.
I read the Bible also.”
the busy traffic there was no further opportunity for conversation. Pulling up
in front of a two-story building, as the driver helped the boys unload their
luggage, he turned to Larry and said, “It was good meeting you. Maybe we’ll
see each other again before the year’s out.”
CHAPTER FIVE -
Map of Campus
found himself at the entrance to the boys’ dorm at Badger Bay Academy. Located
at Badger Bay, a little above Salem, Massachusetts, it overlooked the Atlantic
buildings were clustered in the shape of a T, with the top of the T running
north to south.
beyond the campus to the west, across a little-used highway, were a number of
faculty and other homes in what was called the “village.”
school was located on a promontory, with a short walk to a view on the east of
the bay and ocean spread out below it.
quickly, the boys in the dorm were to find that Larry was a little odd. He
didn’t spend time in hijinks, wasn’t interested in wasting time, already
knew a lot about many things, and (although a junior) was physically stronger
than most people on the campus.
they found that Larry was smart. He always seemed to have a good solution. Yet
he had this strange habit of insisting on time alone with God and the Bible for
a while every morning and evening.
he seemed like a nice guy, so they put up with his quirks.
new home for the year was a room at the end of the first floor. Because it was a
corner room, windows were on two sides which overlooked the hardwoods of the
Northeast. Larry was thankful for this.
are you going to be my new roommate!” In the door walked Peter Crockett, an
easy-going junior. “We’re glad to have you here!”
I’m glad to be here too,” said Larry. “I’ve transferred in as a junior.
What’s it like here on campus?”
pretty good. I’ve heard they got a new course; other than that, everything
will probably be the same as last year.”
who’s there?” The door was half open and in walked Skip Cramer. A freshman,
Skip got along well with Larry and Peter as soon as he met them. He was glad
that he had a room next to theirs.
everything’s stowed in our rooms now,” said Peter, ignoring the fact that
some of it was still dumped in the middle. “Let me show you around the campus.
We can finish the rooms later in the afternoon.”
said Skip. “I’m for it; this will help us learn where everything is in
enjoyed his roll as their official tour guide. “The boys’ dorm is on the
north end of the campus,” Peter explained as they walked along. “And
here,” pointing to a large two-story building, “is Chaffee Hall. It’s the
largest building on campus where all the classes, other than woodwork, are held
on the second and third floor.
Assembly Hall is on the south half of the first floor, with an entrance facing
south. The cafeteria is on the north part of the first floor, with an entrance
on the north side. The entrance to Chaffee Hall is in the middle, facing east.
to Chaffee Hall is the building housing both the library and a second, somewhat
smaller auditorium. Behind the library is the administrative headquarters. We
call it the ad building. That’s where the president’s and treasurer’s
offices are located.
the other end of it is the bookstore. Next to the ad building is a building
housing the café and campus store. The campus store has groceries, hardware,
and things like that. We’re far enough out in the country that we are a little
community all our own.
the campus store is the heating plant and the service station. Behind the ad
building is a building housing the garage, a room where woodwork is taught, and
the carpenter’s shop.
that is a large warehouse. I don’t know what that’s used for. Probably
there is the girls’ dorm, on the south end of the campus. Both dorms look
alike; each one is two stories in height.
faculty and staff live in homes close to the western edge of the campus.
Scattered beyond are a few other homes. And that’s about it; the rest is
nice,” said Skip.
yes, there’s one more thing here.” Turning right, they strolled along a
gravel road. Suddenly, there before them was the Atlantic Ocean.
said Larry. “I heard it was around here somewhere.”
is called the ‘overlook.’ Fortunately, it’s not far from the boys’
dorm,” said Peter. “Makes a nice place to come and sit while watching the
that the guided tour was nearly over, Peter said in a scholarly tone, “Badger
Bay Academy is located on the edge of Badger Bay, a little above Salem,
Massachusetts. The campus overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The school got its name
from the bay, which someone who couldn’t see straight thought was shaped like
the foot of a badger.”
this everyone laughed.
standing on a bluff overlooking the bay, with the ocean beyond,” he added.
“But, near here, there are several paths that lead down to the beach.”
let’s go down there!” exclaimed Skip.
time is it; I left my watch back in the dorm,” said Larry.
2 o’clock,” said Peter. “We have the entire afternoon free. Registration
is not until tomorrow morning, and we can straighten up our rooms later this
afternoon and all evening.”