Putting Most Recent Posts on Homepage

I've just started using WPMU and so far I've been very frustrated. I've had a wordpress website for 9 years and I'm finding it impossible to get anything to work now.

When I first installed the ISSUE theme, it had a list of my most recent post on my homepage - now they are gone. I tried adding them back but it will not format them the same or give me an option to make them "recent posts" it only allows to pick from categories, tags or custom. I just want the original list of recent posts back! Help!