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.

Steps can be taken to minimize destruction of homes by fire


California has long been plagued by wildfires.  This year the wildfires were particularly deadly with over 40 people killed in last month’s wildfire in Northern California.  Dry and windy conditions made the fires difficult to fight and contain.  Even though more than 10,000 firefighters from California and surrounding states worked around the clock, one early […]

Our schoolchildren should study ‘The 5000 Year Leap’


The news media is now making much of their perception that millennials  are embracing socialism in great numbers.  Some suggest that about 40 percent are rejecting capitalism and looking for socialism to solve their economic woes. But here is the thing: if millenials are indeed rejecting capitalism, it may be that they are rejecting something […]

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 […]