In his autobiography, Jacob Riis tells of being so inspired by a sermon from a local preacher that he considered abandoning journalism and becoming a minister himself. “We have preachers enough,” was the advice he received. “What the world needs is consecrated pens.” He took this to heart. “Then and there, I consecrated mine,” he wrote. Year later, Riis would refer to his slideshow lecture on the ills of urban life as a “lay sermon” — one that always ended with an image of Jesus Christ. Read more…