I’m still playing with the site and the new WordPress Twenty Fourteen theme. Though the help of the excellent Fourteen Extended plugin, all posts are showing in reverse chronological order on the home page now. The featured posts at the top are not necessarily the three most recent anymore. I’ve also changed the homepage to show excerpts only, and when you click to view the full post it uses the full content area width (no right sidebar). Still working on some image sizing issues, but the site is much closer to how I wanted it to work now.