I've got my site set up with a static landing page called Welcome and a static post page called Articles.
The problem with using static pages is that article excerpts don't show up by default. I've been looking to find a way to add the article excerpt to the static page and found this link, http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Tags/the_excerpt. The problem is none of the page templates for my theme have the_content() tag so I'm not sure how to proceed.
Even better would be the ability to write a short summary of the article that would appear below the title rather than an excerpt.