You don’t need to understand how to use advanced PHP like qeuries & arguments in order to display posts based on queries & arguments.
If you want to display any number of posts anywhere in your Genesis child theme, you can, simply by installing a plugin.
Bill Erickson has developed a the display posts shortcode plugin which enables you to customize which posts are display based on a number of factors.
Display Posts Code Snippets & Shortcodes
Here’s some code snippets you can add to your child themes functions.php file
Adding Display Post Shortcodes to Custom Functions
Rather than use a custom loop, you might find this plugin easier to use as it doesn’t require you to have advanced knowledge of PHP code.