The Doc File

The online journal of Luke Dockery

Category: Technology (page 2 of 13)

Where I’ve Been

It has been almost two months since I have written anything on The Doc File, and that is, admittedly, a long time. Not surprisingly, that absence has corresponded with a significant busyness in my life—some increased ministry responsibilities, a tough grad school class, and additional writing projects (to be announced at a later date) have taken any free time I would have had to write here.

So, sorry to those who have been looking for new posts and finding…nothing.

Hopefully, that will change in the coming days and weeks. This past semester I studied the providence of God and the problem of evil and suffering in the world, which has generated a lot of thoughts in my head that I’d like to get out in this, my online journal. And of course, also a lot of other random stuff which I enjoy writing about.

All of that to say: don’t give up on me. New stuff is coming.

Thank You!

I started blogging almost eight years ago, in the summer of 2006, but it just about two years ago that I started sharing my blog publicly because I came to feel that my writings on Scripture and ministry could possibly be beneficial and/or encouraging to others.

If you know me well, you know that I am not really the type of person to like to be up in front of everyone drawing attention to myself—I prefer to work quietly from behind the scenes—and so even still, it makes me a little uncomfortable every single time I share a link to my blog.

Over the last several years, my life has also gotten considerably busier—I am now a father, I am a graduate student, and my ministry responsibilities have increased significantly. I don’t say any of that in a complaining way, but just to acknowledge that my time is limited, and that it is a struggle to blog as often as I would like at a level that I am happy with. And sometimes it is such a struggle that I wonder whether or not I should keep doing it at all…

But then I get so many kind, generous, and encouraging comments from you, my readers (here on the blog, on Facebook, in person), that it helps me to remember my purpose and keep things in perspective. So, thank you! Thanks for reading, for commenting, for being challenged by my blog and challenging me in return. I have enjoyed sharing my thoughts with you for the last couple of years, and hope to continue doing so for many more to come.

Grammar Mistakes to Avoid

I think good grammar is important. Some people (like me) tend to obsess about it and go overboard, but in general, it is a good thing to use good grammar. Good grammar lends a sense of competence and authority to whatever you are presenting, and also shows the people who are reading that you respect them and have taken time and put effort into what you are trying to communicate.

So, I thought the graphic below was helpful, and fun as well.

P.S. If you ever catch me with a typo or grammatical error, feel free to correct me. I really do hate it when I publish errors. It drives me crazy.

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New Resources Page for Free Downloads

I have been involved with youth ministry for over ten years now, and during that time I have put together a lot of devotionals, Bible class material, and other resources.

A while back, one of my good friends encouraged me to make some of these materials available on my blog for others to use. I thought this was a good idea, and have intended to do it for a while, but general busyness combined with the time it takes to edit and convert certain files into more downloadable formats has prevented me from doing so…until now.

If you look up in the navbar, you’ll see a link that says “Free Resources”. Under that page, you’ll find downloadable links to a youth ministry plan I developed, as well as a couple of Bible class lessons and one class series for teens.

I realize that there’s not a ton of stuff available right now, but I hope to add more in the future as time permits (see above comments on general busyness and the time-intensiveness of converting and uploading files).

Same Blog, New Home

For over seven years, The Doc File has been hosted on Blogger. Blogger has several strengths, but also some shortcomings, and I considered switching to a different blogging several times over the years. Well, finally I have done so.

For the foreseeable future, you can find The Doc File at this address. Please update your links and bookmarks to

This new blogging service makes it easier for readers to share posts in a variety of social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and will also provide a lot of other features and functionality that I hope to introduce over the next several weeks.

Over the years, the readership of this blog has grown and I hope that will continue—I appreciate all of you.

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