Okay, so I figured out a temporary work around. I created a duplicate home page with an auto-redirect script and set that as my frontpage. Now when someone types in my url it automatically redirects them to the page that I want my homepage to be (which has the correct slider that I'd like to be permanent). It adds a couple seconds of load time, but I really like the style of this theme and this seems like the only way to maintain a consistent slider without messing with the blog. Check it out to see what I mean.
Is there any possibility that an update will be coming out in the future that might fix this issue? I understand that the theme wasn't meant to work this way, but it seems weird that a person would have to upload a series of new pictures for every single blog post in order to maintain a good looking slider in front.
I mean, from a practical perspective, if I update my blog daily I'd have to purchase a couple new pictures everyday to ensure that the main slider continues to look good. That could amount to a daily cost of ~$40 just to post a new blog. It's either that or concede to the slider looking bad. You know?
I don't see any good reason why the slider image on the frontpage, when it's locked to a page other than the blog, is at all connected to the blog. You should be able to set the slider specific to that page and have that specific setting continue to work once you've set it to the front page.
Last question: looking at my current work around, is there any better way to do this?
I see what you mean about the sticky post then erasing the title, date, and other information. I'll consider whether that's a good idea. I am not all that enthusiastic about that idea because the blog itself should rotate through top-sliders, just not the homepage.