The parable of the Sower article will go into the Biblical passages section.
Even in this brief article, reception history of the parables was helpful, because I cite John Chrysostom's insights.
Here are just two (draft) sentences for the article:
As John Chrysostom notes (Homily 46, On Matthew), Jesus often uses nature to illustrate his message, because nature follows a set course: sowers sow, crops appear, and the harvest follows. Agricultural metaphors are not just understandable and vivid for first-century hearers; they also imply that the same inevitability applies to Jesus’s message about the kingdom: although there are examples of failure, the harvest is assured.I'll post a link when the article goes live. It is tentatively scheduled for early July.