(Tim) Reformed pastors and elders would do well to consider whether it isn't time to stop despising the musical vernacular in our leadership of the worship of God's people each Lord's Day.
There may be some congregations where the root of traditionalism goes so deep that it would be foolish--maybe even uncharitable--to turn forward the clock. But I'm betting using amplified instruments and modern arrangements of old hymns for the worship of God's people won't happen in most of our churches for the same reason preaching against the heresy of egalitarian feminism doesn't happen...
Elisabeth Elliott put it crassly some years back when she said the problem with the church today is that "it's filled with emasculated men who can't bring themselves to say 'no' to a woman."
Be assured that I'm not saying this of anyone in particular, but rather of most of us in general. You know, like good conference speakers; no one has to take anything they say personally. Just a suggestion. A thought. My own personal narrative which just may be of some introspective interest to one or two of you.
I love everybody.
And because I love you, please listen, brothers: it's time for us to stop trying to kill two birds with one stone. Either we love the Biblical docrtrines of grace and seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ (Who, it's worth adding, chose unschooled ordinary men to be His apostles), or we make disciples of the most perfect forms developed across centuries of Western culture. We haven't the time to do both.
Like the world of investments; concerning the leadership of the church, rewards are usually commensurate with risk. Or put more Biblically, with suffering.