Drs. Kelly Kapic and Wesley Vander Lugt ’04 Co-Author “Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition”

Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition

Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition is the product of collaboration between Dr. Kelly Kapic, professor of theological studies, and Wesley Vander Lugt ’04, a Covenant alumnus who recently received his PhD from the University of St. Andrews.

Published by InterVarsity Press this May, the Pocket Dictionary offers a helpful overview of the Reformed tradition through brief dictionary entries covering theological terms, Latin phrases, important figures, historical events, and more. “The Reformed tradition is much larger than we often imagine,” says Kapic. “We were committed to showing the breadth of the tradition.” 


With over 300 entries, the Pocket Dictionary is a valuable reference for all students—formal and informal—of the Reformed tradition. “We view this resource as a launching pad rather than a resting place,” write Kapic and Vander Lugt. “We expect readers to dip in and out rather than read this book cover to cover.”  


Kapic and Vander Lugt sought the help of Covenant alumni and current students in the development of the Pocket Dictionary. “We had a few key alumni — three of them in Scotland — who helped with initial research and even drafting,” says Kapic. “I had my student employees help me in various capacities along the way. Covenant faculty members also offered helpful feedback, most especially Bill Tate and Bill Davis.  I really see this as a Covenant College project.” Students and alumni who contributed to the project include: Justin Borger ’06, Grady Dickinson ’13, Brian Hecker ’06, Heather Greenlee McGibbon ’07, Cameron Moran ’04, and Jimmy Myers ’14.  


The Pocket Dictionary arms readers with the tools needed to confidently enter the Reformed conversation. “We hope that readers will receive not just information about the Reformed tradition, but also get a sense for its overall ethos,” says Vander Lugt. “We hope that this book will be a helpful go-to resource for pastors, students and laypeople desiring a better grasp of the Reformed tradition.”




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