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.

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 […]

Who should pay for the damage from Hurricane Harvey?

    

As I write this article on Sunday, August 26, Hurricane Harvey has already dumped about 24 inches of rain on Houston, causing massive flooding.  By the date this article is published, Houston is expected to receive at least that much rain again. Although the amount of rain Harvey will eventually produce over Houston and the […]

‘The 5000 Year Leap’ details the Constitution’s principles

    

Given the more-than-obvious attempt by some on the left who are trying to convince us that our founders were evil people, and thus we need to reject them and our history, I thought it would be beneficial to repeat this article that I wrote over three years ago: The truth is that we need to […]

North Tulsa moratorium suggestion is not a good idea

    

I found last week’s City Council meeting to consider a city-wide moratorium on small retail stores disturbing, but I also found it to be encouraging that there seems to be little support for the idea from Tulsa residents. According to a Tulsa World editorial, the moratorium is an initiative being forwarded by City Councilor Vanessa […]

Forcing mass transit on people has unintended consequences

    

Last week, my wife and I spent nearly a week in the Calgary, Alberta, Canada area, spending most of our time in Banff, Lake Louise and Canmore.   While Calgary is nearly an hour’s drive to the mountains, the other three are in the Canadian Rockies.  The beauty of the mountains, well-designed and attractive architecture, and […]

Global warming theory does not match up with science

    

As I sat in a movie theater last week waiting to see the movie Dunkirk, we watched previews of the upcoming attractions.  One of those previews was Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel. I have to say, the guy is quite the actor.  He makes an impassioned and well-orchestrated pitch for his never-ending scheme to sell […]

Trouble for big retailers could be a godsend for churches

    

Who would have ever thought that Amazon would change the way retail is done so much that it could give churches an opportunity to grow? In a July 11 report, Amazon stated that their sales on that day were “higher than Black Friday or Cyber Monday 2016” and that the event “grew by more than […]

‘The Day After Tomorrow’ is entertaining but fictional

    

It might surprise those of you who know my stance on the validity of man-made global warming that one of the movies I have seen repeatedly is The Day After Tomorrow, a 2004 fictional climate science disaster film.  I actually enjoy watching the film because of its special effects and its theme of beyond-all-odds human […]

Minnesota church mess revolves around property rights

    

Riverside Church of Big Lake has won a lawsuit and a settlement of $1.29 million from the City of St. Michael, Minnesota, after a federal district court found that the city had violated its First Amendment rights by interfering with its purchase of a movie theater that it intended to use to expand its operations.  […]