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Dobson Returns to Radio

James Dobson left Focus on the Family in February, bringing to an end three decades of hosting the popular radio program. This week, Dobson returned to discuss families, faith, and policy in a new show, "Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson." Dobson is joined by his son, Ryan Dobson, and former Focus on the Family producer LuAnne Crane for a 30-minute show unaffiliated with Focus.

Focus president Jim Daly said Dobson's new show is not in competition with the Focus on the Family broadcast. Indeed, Focus gave one million dollars to help Dobson start Family Talk.

"We've never been the only family-help ministry on the block," Daly said. "The needs of families worldwide are great—we will continue to dedicate ourselves to helping them, working together with like-minded groups to have the greatest impact possible."

The decision to ask Dobson to step down as host has raised speculation about the direction of Focus. Some conservatives worry that Focus is adopting a new tone that is less confrontational and less policy focused.

Ken Hutcherson, pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, Washington, had earlier questioned where Focus was going.

"I am not very happy with the new, progressive, 'loving' leadership at Focus on the Family," Hutcherson said in March. "Dr. Dobson only wants to continue to speak the truth on the radio. Apparently, that truth has limited appeal to the new leadership at Focus."

Dobson said that while it was time to hand the baton to new leadership at Focus, he wanted to continue speaking out on cultural issues.

"Please don't expect me to take a 'softer, gentler' approach ...

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