Randy Bright

Randy W. Bright, AIA, NCARB, is an architect who specializes in church and church-related projects. You may contact him at 918-582-3972, rwbrightchurcharch@sbcglobal.net or www.churcharchitect.net.

The best community is a church following the Scriptures

    

Articles by urbanists who talk about the importance of community fascinate me.  It’s as if it is some new concept that we need to embrace, along with the notion that the only way for people to connect to each other is to encourage them the live closer and closer together. Moreover, the community unit, if […]

Property rights are the key to equality in the United States

    

It has been some time since I have addressed the property rights issue as it pertains to city government’s propensity to adopt policies that deny people their rights, but I am I no less interested in the subject than I have been in the past.  The issue is alive and well, and placing pressure on […]

United Nations leads the threat against personal property

    

This past summer my wife and I vacationed in Banf, a small town in the Banf National Forest in Alberta, Canada.  As we were driving between Calgary and Banff, we drove under several overpasses that looked like any other bridge, except that the top of the bridge was forested.  I presumed correctly that these were […]

Constant challenge to property rights in the United States

    

Sometimes we forget about things that have happened in the past and assume that they will never happen again.  One of those events took place in 1993 when environmentalists nearly succeeded in convincing Congress to pass a law that would have embraced the far-reaching regulations of the  Wildlands Project. This initiative centered on the concept […]

Was Islam the motive for Las Vegas gunman Paddock?

    

Within hours after I posted last week’s article to the Beacon, Stephen Paddock conducted the worst mass murder in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas, using numerous rifles equipped with “bump” stocks.  I first learned of this when I turned on the news the following morning to see the banner on the bottom of the […]

America must remain diligent when it comes to Islam

    

This is a particularly difficult subject to write about because it is so easy to cite prejudice as a motivator.  And it doesn’t matter that as I write this article today there has been yet another example of a Muslim mowing people down with a truck, following up with a knife attack, because these kinds […]

This is a growing threat to our way of life in America

    

Americans are, by nature, a peace-loving people.  It is in our DNA to be compassionate and helpful to not only our own citizens, but people of other countries.  We are equally willing to send our own young people to die in wars to protect people in other countries and to send assistance and money to […]

Venezuela is an example of an unbalanced government

    

This past Sunday, September 17, passed nearly unnoticed as Constitution Day, the day that our Constitution was signed in 1787 by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Americans take our Constitution for granted, and an increasing number view it with indifference, or even worse, hostility.  No other country has  one that is like ours […]

Hurricane Irma is a test for Florida’s building standards

    

One of the news videos I clearly remember from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston was that of two homes, neither of which had been flooded, but one was completely intact and just a few feet away, the other was completely demolished. We are used to seeing  images like that in Oklahoma after a […]

With common sense, Houston can recover from Harvey

    

As I wrote my article last week, we were still waiting to see just how bad the damage would be from Hurricane Harvey and how many inches of rain would fall.  Unfortunately, the forecasters were correct in saying that at least 50 inches of rain could fall in some areas.  So far, 50 people have […]