Filter which posts you want to show. This snippet is only showing “Featured.”

 query_posts('showposts=5&category_name=featured');
if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post();
<h3><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h3> 
<p><?php the_content(); ?></p> 
endwhile; else:
endif;
wp_reset_query();